Here’s a question for ya….
I have an iPod. It’s a great, sleek looking 30GB black thing and I even get to use it occasionally. In the Viggen, which still had a tape deck in the dash, I used my iPod through a tape adaptor. When the Viggen is fixed, I might get around to putting in an AudioTroll, but will cope OK if that’s not possible. As the 900 has a CD player installed, this isn’t an option, so I’ll be going iPodless in that car, which is fine as I listen to the radio more than I listen to music anyway (I’m a news junkie).
Many other people have iPods too. So many that a lot of car manufacturers are offering iPod integration with their stereo systems. You can control your iPod via the steering wheel controls and get playlist info on a screen in the car.
GM aren’t one of the car companies doing this. Instead, they offer an auxiliary jack that you can use to plug in any sound source. You don’t get the groovy song info on your screen and you have to control the music source at the music source.
So who’s making the right decision?
Is GM’s decision to forego iPod integration (so far) a smart move that allows the vehicle owner total choice in their music storage device? Or are they missing an important wave and a day late once again?
Your thoughts in comments are welcome.
Me? I tend to think that offering the jack is a wise choice. Encouraging a uniform command structure for personal music devices might be an even better thing, so that a variety of music players could be plugged in and operated using the same commands. But until that happens, I really think it’s a wise option to not be tied to one particular device.
I’m quite happy to mount my iPod somewhere on the dash if need be and operate it from the clickwheel. It’s not that hard and whether it’s from the device itself or the steering controls, you’re still going to be distracted. The lack of screen info may actually help in this regard by providing less distraction.
Over to you.