iPod just got connected

If you’ve got one of those new-fangled iPod thingies (can you believe I dont?) and you’re thinking of buying a new Saab in the next few years – good news!

Apple has just announced a deal with GM, Ford and Mazda to integrate the iPod into the cars’ entertainment system. All GM cars, including Saab, will get the integration. 70% of them will have it in their 2007 models, though I doubt Saab will benefit from that as their 2007 info is already out and makes no mentione of it. I could be wrong, though.

GM said it would offer the “personal audio link” at dealerships for less than $160 (84 pounds) plus installation as early as October for some car models.

For those of you that have iPods but aren’t planning on buying a brand new Saab, there’s Carl’s Trollpod for the 1998-2005 Saab 9-5 or 1998-2002 Saab 9-3. The Trollpod is on the threshold of actual, real-life production as we speak. It’s scheduled for sales beginning in late August.

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  1. For those with older Saabs without the SID (or indeed, any make at all) I’m working on a DIY solution that will allow the user to control a connected iPod through a LCD character screen (mounted high up on the dash so you can see it without taking your eyes off the road) and a remote controller (mounted on the centre console or in the door).

    Information can be found here -> http://www.seedwiki.com/wiki/openpod_concept/openpod_concept

    I’ve gotten as far as assembling the basic Picaxe protoboard, wiring up the screen and loading in some LCD routines… then moving house and work stalled things. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back into it soon once things start selling down.

    Initially I see it as very much a DIY thing, though eventually I’d like to proto a graphical screen-ed version that perhaps might become a product.

  2. After that last post I looked at your link and see that you’re already aware of the Harman-Kardon product and you address it. Sorry.

  3. Swade:

    I’m iPod-free as well. I’ve been eyeing a couple of other MP3 players, but Apple’s proprietary iTunes connection for the iPod leaves me cold. I’m waiting for the shift….

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