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News   - 09/19/2005

From 2006: USB for your VW car for iPod -and most MP3 players-

From the beginning of 2006, Volkswagen, Europe's biggest automaker, is making the USB connection an option on its Golf, Golf Plus and Touran models and on remaining models during next year.

This move comes along with World Car Exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany.

"With digital music players becoming more ubiquitous, Volkswagen AG is offering a stereo component that lets motorists plug in all manner of portable digital players -- not just iPods -- and manage their tunes and podcasts on a dashboard display."

CNN adds:

"Although the in-dash CD player has yet to go the way of the eight-track, digital devices with USB connections -- be they fancy iPods or simple keychain drives -- seem now to be portable music's future."

How will you plug?

"Just plug your device into a built-in console in the center armrest. The option comes in two varieties, one for the iPod, another for other USB-based players. Up to six of the player's folders will be displayed on the car stereo system, and the radio buttons can be used to scan, search or shuffle your mix.

The setup will cost $240."


Several other car makers are following, along with those who reportedly agreeded with Apple and have been shown on Apple web site during the past year.

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Source: CNN.com    
 
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