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Pods Unite

pudge posted more than 10 years ago | from the so-i-can-be-doubly-cute-to-all-the-fly-honeys dept.

Media (Apple) 381

burgburgburg writes "Apple has released the QuickTime video of the new commercial they made in conjunction with Volkswagen. The connection between the two? Buy a New Beetle. Get a new iPod. Take a look at video. It's the 15 GB iPod and all the accessories needed to hook it up to the new Volkswagen." It uses a casette adapter, which is really lame. Of course, I use a casette adapter with my iPod, but I am not a German engineer.

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My iPod is super! (5, Funny)

computerme (655703) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484670)

Oh wait. this is the part where i am supposed to whine that it does not have Ogg Vorbis support right...?!

Re:My iPod is super! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484717)

Yeah. I bet if you rolled up next to women with the windows down and told them that your car has support for Ogg Vorbis, they'd be really impressed.

Moreso if you're driving a Volkswagon Beetle.

Streaming content at Apple (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484878)

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It seems like a good idea. Gays like Beetles. Gays like Apple. This could be a winner

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calling clueful car manufacturers (5, Interesting)

hedley (8715) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484683)


Would it kill these guys to put a mini-jack on the dash (or somewhere) and an AUX setting on the stereo.

Bueller? Anyone?

Hedley

Re:calling clueful car manufacturers (1)

Alien Being (18488) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484715)

Well, like some morons said in the Toshiba laptop article, it might cost them $0.15 and ruin the profit margin.

Including bicylces and mp3 jukeboxes makes sense though.

Re:calling clueful car manufacturers (4, Insightful)

ProfKyne (149971) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484742)

There are also the FM senders that you can attach to the iPod, which then are received by the car's FM stereo -- a wireless connection -- but I have heard mixed reviews of the sound quality.

Speaking of sound quality, the song that plays in this commercial is horrible.

Re:calling clueful car manufacturers (2, Insightful)

Politburo (640618) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484837)

FWIW, the quality through the cassette adapter and a local FM transmitter will be about equal, assuming you choose an FM frequency that will be uninterfered with.

Re:calling clueful car manufacturers (4, Insightful)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484905)

Two problems.

1. Analogue freq dial thingies. Those radioshack 20$ FM transmitters are useless to get on an odd frequency [recall FM is on odd freqs, e.g 93.9, 94.1, etc...].

2. Most populated cities have one useless station after another throughout the bands. All either discussing the rhetoric of the day [newsradio] or playing the teeny-bopper-I-wish-upon-a-pair-of-nice-melons musak. Oh yeah,and don't forget that even if you find a relatively unused band the thing only has a 2 foot range so you better tape it to the hood of your car beside the attenna!

As another poster asked it "would it hurt to put a aux jack 1/8" in the front?". It makes sense and would allow people to plug in new shit much easier than via casettes [which can jam] and FM transmitters [which suck ass anyways].

Or just better yet, build mp3 pod players into cars all together. E.g. like a removable harddrive tray. Just remove it, take it inside, program it, boom.

Tom

Re:calling clueful car manufacturers (3, Interesting)

clifyt (11768) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484909)

Kinda depends on the car.

For instance, I've tried 3 FM transmitters -- a generic one, the Griffen iTrip and another one I found from the Apple Store. None of them worked in my stereo.

I ended up picking up a new stereo JUST so I could run my iPod through it. On a larf, I decided to again try to solutions. Not a one worked any better. Only way to get it to work was to go outside and hold the transmitted next to the antenna. This REALLY sucks...

Well, it kinda worked on trips outside the city...doesn't help when there is a station, ever so weak it may be, on any channel you try.

I'm happy with the new AuxIn on mine...now I have to figure out how not to make all those wires look so ugly as they wind around the car...

There was one! (1)

thatguywhoiam (524290) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484817)

I've seen exactly one make and model of car that had this exact feature: weirdly, the VW Golf had it. The standard factory cassette player for that car had a line-in minijack right on the corner of the faceplate.

I remember very specifically, for when I saw it, I went off on a giant geek tirade at the dealer, asking why this hasn't been as standard as the AC plug on every single car in the world for many years. (Conspiracy for 3rd party decks?)

Re:There was one! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484881)

I think the Honda Element has a minijack on the stereo faceplate. If you have a stereo with CD changer controls built in, you can use something like this. [rcainput.com]

Re:calling clueful car manufacturers (2, Interesting)

mekkab (133181) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484913)

Aftermarket radios have front panel input jacks (I believe the AIWA MP3 CD player had one... )

The other option is if you aren't using a trunk CD player and the head unit has RCA inputs, have an RCA to Mini adpater hanging out of your dash- then just plug and play.

Cassette Adapters (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484689)

Why, oh why, can't they just start giving us a 1/8th input jack on car stereos?? I've been wanting this for years, before mp3 players even, becuase I had a car that didn't have a tape player in the stereo and at the time I wanted to plug one in.

You'd think that designing and implementing such a thing would cost a fraction of what it costs to make and run this advertisent.

I would like to see some kind of poll of which is more useful to people.. a tape player or a 1/8th inch stereo input jack. After all, you can plug an external tape player into a jack easier, with more elegance, and for about the same cost as you can plug an external mp3 player into the tape player.. and I don't have any tapes anymore...

Re:Cassette Adapters (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484734)

Your comment makes me scratch my head with bewilderment. Most brand new car stereos come with exactly that, and many aren't coming with tape units at all.

Quite a few brand new replacement in dash units have the 1/8" input as well.

Re:Cassette Adapters (1)

evilned (146392) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484761)

I know honda has this sort of setup standard on the Element, and I know its an option on most other Honda cars.

Re:Cassette Adapters (1)

str8edge (34283) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484762)

Some of the JVC car stereos available in Canada have a 1/8th inch jack, and have had them for a couple of years. Its great for when a friend has a portable MP3 player and wants you to hear a song or two.

Not having to use on of those silly 1/8th inch to cassette adapters is a good thing, however a good quality 1/8th inch to 1/8th inch cable is important.

Re:Cassette Adapters (2, Informative)

interiot (50685) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484765)

If you're in the market for a third-party head, some support various forms of aux-in. Some blaupunkts support this adapter [crutchfield.com] which hooks in to the CD-changer function of head units.

Some people figure out ways to hack an aux-in from the cd-changer interface, but it seems so trivial for manufacturers to provide this, I don't know why all of them don't.

Re:Cassette Adapters (4, Informative)

bryanp (160522) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484787)

Why, oh why, can't they just start giving us a 1/8th input jack on car stereos?? I've been wanting this for years,

There are plenty of them out there. I've never seen one on a stock auto-stereo, but take a trip to your local Best Buy / Circuit City etc.. and you'll see them available.
[bestbuy.com]
The very first model to pop up on Best Buy's page has one. I'm sure you can find more.

Re:Cassette Adapters (1)

_xeno_ (155264) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484855)

I've never seen one on a stock auto-stereo

I think this is the source of confusion here. The original poster gave us:

Why, oh why, can't they just start giving us a 1/8th input jack on car stereos?

The "they" has no antecedent, really, but presumably applies to the article, in which case "they" is presumably car designers.

I think what he was really asking is why there are no stock car stereos that have a 1/8th input jack - why car manufactorers don't start including them as standard equipment. This actually sounds like a good idea too - it's a feature that people obviously want (given that most third market car stereos have them), and it shouldn't be that hard to implement.

That being said, if you (the grandparent poster) really want one, you can buy a third-party stereo. They aren't that hard to install yourself (although there will most likely be some wiring work involved, splicing the stereo's wires into the car's wire harness), and if that's too complicated, you can find places that'll do the install for you. The installation will probably set you back $50-100, though, so keep that in mind when budgetting for the stereo. (If you do it yourself, materials for the install will run around $50 - items like the wire harness and the housing that's standard size, if your car doesn't have one (*cough* GM *cough*).) You can probably get a decent stereo for around $150 that has an input - the above poster's link, for example.

They used to... (2, Interesting)

morcheeba (260908) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484806)

When CDs started becoming more popular, the tape-players had aux inputs meant for discman-type players. Then they switched to in-dash CD players and dropped the inputs... now they're being caught behind the MP3-player curve again and are trying to re-add the input. With a car lifespan so long, you'd think that car manufacturers should give up trying to predict what personal electronic trends will be 15 years in the future, and just add the jack to all radios.

Re:Cassette Adapters (1)

nat5an (558057) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484814)

It's actually possible to hook one up to your existing stereo. I'm not sure exactly how it's done, but I know this is how I've seen XM satellite radio receivers installed into cars. They install some equipment back behind the dash and out the front comes a 1/8th inch jack for plugging in the XM receiver, but you could plug any device in. My dad had one installed (the XM receiver) at best buy, and the equipment and labor (not counting the receiver itself, which he got for free) cost about $100. I'm sure you could do it for less yourself, but I'm also sure the method varies from car to car.

Re:Cassette Adapters (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484863)

I would like to see some kind of poll of which is more useful to people

The outcome of the poll would depend on who exactly the "people" are. Cassette tape is the number one sound medium in large parts of the world. Also, in new car stereos you generally find a cd player, but no more tape player (at least the stuff they sell here in Europe).

After all, you can plug an external tape player into a jack easier, with more elegance

You claim having to carry around a tape player and your car stereo frontpanel/lock is more elegant then just having to carry the frontpanel? (Ok, you could leave the tape player in your car and get it stolen.) Having to plug in a tape player easier then just popping in a tape?

and I don't have any tapes anymore...

Which makes you a minority on a global scale.

THEY DO HAVE 1/8 Input Stereos!!! (1)

blahbooboo2 (602610) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484889)

I have a car stereo that accepts 1/8 input...they are out there.

Blaupaunkt made mine...

Re:Cassette Adapters (1)

KoshClassic (325934) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484949)

Although this would be a great start, thinking towards the future it would be really nice if they'd actualy put an optical / digital input on the dash. Of course, there aren't that many portable devices out there these days that could take advantage of that, but it would probably spur the people making portable devices to include optical outputs on them (are you listening, Mr. Jobs?).

New Acronym (5, Funny)

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Re:New Acronym (1)

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Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484698)

Buy a Creative Zen and get some real use out of a mp3 player. It even uses the superior *.wma format.

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jesus...old news!! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484702)

this was news last week, editors!!

How about you stop posting tired flamewars, and MS bashing stuff, and posting this when it was actually news!

It's sad when fark beats the shit out of slashdot on tech news now.

Re:jesus...old news!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484864)

I'll venture a guess. Nobody really cares. This is a promotional ad for volkswagon and apple. This isn't news and it doesn't matter.

Malicious DEEP LINKING (0)

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Re:Malicious DEEP LINKING (0)

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IANAGL, but how is it malicious, if it is not illegal by the German Highcourt?

Whats with you lot? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484704)

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In addition, during this attention seeking attempt, my children's attention is also held by the cat. And everything else has ground to a halt. Even trying to get the remote from my partner fails.

I won't bore you with the laundry list of other problems that I've encountered while dealing with other cats, but suffice it to say there have been many, not the least of which is I've never seen a cat that fetches as much as it's canine counterpart, despite the cat's faster ambulatory system. My terrier with one ingrown toenail runs consistently faster than this siamese at times, as the cat is often completely asleep. From a productivity standpoint, I don't get how people can claim that the cat is a superior animal.

Cat addicts, flame me if you'd like, but I'd rather hear some intelligent reasons why anyone would choose to use a cat over other faster, cheaper, more affectionate animals.

damn (3, Funny)

b17bmbr (608864) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484705)

i just bought an ipod. do i get a new beetle?

In Car Firewire or USB ? (4, Interesting)

vlad30 (44644) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484708)

So Is there a car with Firewire or USB connectivity from the manufacturer ?? If not how long before we see it ?

BTW I think this will be better than those in car removable hard drive solutions from 2-3 years ago

Re:In Car Firewire or USB ? (2, Funny)

pv2b (231846) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484813)

This combined with electrical servo steering systems would allow you to steer the car using the jog wheel on the iPod.

Excellent for back seat driving.

Re:In Car Firewire or USB ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484903)

Excellent for backseat driving, but lousy for changing songs on the crowded freeway. :)

Re:In Car Firewire or USB ? (1)

the_2nd_coming (444906) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484923)

does ot matter....you cannot upload from an iPod.

Is it really an incentive? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484709)

If someone can afford to lay down the money for a new VW, couldn't they afford to get a new ipod if they really wanted to? I wonder then whether this is more of a promotion for apple than VW.

Re:Is it really an incentive? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484773)

If someone can afford to lay down the money for a new VW, couldn't they afford to get a new ipod if they really wanted to

That logic doesn't make sense though, no matter how many times I see it mentioned.

If you HAD the money for a VW (assuming you weren't getting a car loan for the exact amount of the car) then after buying it you DON'T have the money.

It's not like a group of people are running around the country who can afford a VW, therefore can from that point on afford anything under that price immediately, and on demand.

Re:Is it really an incentive? (1)

wo1verin3 (473094) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484810)

Scenario....

You walk to the store to get a bottle of coke.

They have one bottle for $0
They have a second bottle for $2

The bottles are identical.
You only wish to leave the store with one bottle.

Which do you take? Just because you can afford the $2 one, do you take it? Or do you take the free one?

Re:Is it really an incentive? (1)

Neophytus (642863) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484882)

I take the free one, because £1.20 for a 500ml bottle is a rip off.

Re:Is it really an incentive? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484936)

Ah, but what if he was referring to a 2 liter bottle? Nevermind... That's still a rip off.

Re:Is it really an incentive? (1)

the_2nd_coming (444906) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484943)

if you can afford to lay down the money for a new VW, you could afford the bike as well.

this is an incentive realy....you get something fun for free when you buy a car you need.

Owns a lomo, writes in a moleskine (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484713)



It was inevitable, really. When two groups of people have so much in common, eventually they find each other. Volkswagen and Apple. Buy a New Beetle. Get a new iPod.

I wonder if all these 30somethings enjoy being such an easy demographic to market to.

Linux support for iPods? (0, Offtopic)

MullerMn (526350) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484714)

I'm thinking of getting an iPod at some point, but I only run Linux (on x86). Does Apple support Linux connectivity?

Re:Linux support for iPods? (1)

computerme (655703) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484724)

no but there are some linux hacks out there. but you won't get to use the apple music store which is the best way to buy music for mp3 players.

Re:Linux support for iPods? (1)

JRootabega (620750) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484755)

No. But it really doesn't matter [gnu.org] .

Buy the windows-iPod (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484791)

It comes FAT-formatted (I don't know if there's HFS support on GNU/Linux) so you can mount it like any other drive and use f.e. gnupod to manage songs. I'm doing this on FreeBSD with 2nd gen 10-gig ipod through firewire.

Its a good idea... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484718)

Granted, Most of the people on Slashdot are so concerned with there geek/nerd image to buy this car(I am among them).

Now... I think Apple is winning here... They get to expose even more people to there products. Remember... The people who buy these cars are your teeny bopper 16 year old girls... It is afterall a fashion statement.

Way to go Apple... What would of been nicer would of been a "matching" iPOD for the car. While we are at it... lets get an iPOD with every car we buy!

This is great! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484720)

I get an overpriced petentious (but stylish!) piece of shit when I buy my overpriced pretentious (but stylish!) piece of shit.

How interesting (1)

LinuxGeek (6139) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484721)

I use a cassette adapter to use my Rio in my Jetta because of no usable AUX audio input. It can be less than fun putting in an aftermarket system because the stock stereo is part of the in-car network. Many dealers won't work on a car that has a different stereo even if the k-line (network link) has been severed because they have damaged expensive code scanners in the past. Seems that VW would make a standard DIN or RCA input to ease this problem.

My old 1990 Eclipse is the new home for my pioneer hu and homemade AUX input. It sounds much better than the cassette adapter interface for my mp3 player. Isn't the progress of technology marvelous?

A good thing... (3, Interesting)

suso (153703) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484722)

This is a good thing. Many companies are indirectly promoting mp3 music, etc.

What's with the gay comments? (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484726)

What's with all the gay comments? German engineering rocks. And the Turbo S Beetle is awesome. Have you driven one? At least it's not a rice-mobile or American junk.

Re:What's with the gay comments? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484844)

"German engineering rocks.

Yeah, gotta love those BMWs going down the road with their rear wheels pointing every which way. Or Audi 4000s that break motor mounts and destroy the entire car. Or MB 190s that claim to be an economy car but cost a fortune to repair.

I'll keep my Buick thank you. What fun it is blowing the doors off those overpriced shitboxes.

Re:What's with the gay comments? (1)

op51n (544058) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484914)

'Rice-mobile'?!? What, would that invove like say, the Nissan Skyline, or the Subaru Impreza? The Lancer Evo? Yea, they all suck ass... !??!?!

gay comments (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484947)

  • Oh my god hon, the iPod is ssso ssspecial. the sssound is faa-abuloussss.
  • Girlfriend pass that iPod over here by me
  • Turbo Beetle? You go girl!
  • It has a cassete adapter. That izzz sssso lame.

Buy an iPOD get a free car (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484727)

Geez... Apple will never be able to compete with those prices. I think the free car helps a little though.

In other news... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484732)

Buy a house, get the landscaping FREE.

Get a hotel room, and get the coffee FREE.

Buy a computer, and get a FREE floppy disk.

Buy Windows, and get wordpad FREE.

--
1-800-759-0700

Re:In other news... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484793)

Buy Windows, and get wordpad FREE.

but Free as in Iraq.

How about the reverse? (0, Redundant)

Joel Bruick (685266) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484733)

Why don't they have "buy a new iPod, get a new Beetle"? Even I would jump at that opportunity. ;)

VW *used* to provide a 1/8" input jack (4, Informative)

beavis88 (25983) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484736)

This would have been back around the '94 model year or so (on a friend's car, not mine). As I remember, the sound was not great, but certainly better than any of the tape adaptors available at the time. No idea why they ditched it...probably so they could sell you their $349 single-CD player, or $699 changer...

Re:VW *used* to provide a 1/8" input jack (1)

sgarrity (262297) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484831)

I can confirm this. My old VW Fox didn't have one, but a friends mid-nineties Jetta does.

Wow (0, Troll)

cubyrop (647235) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484737)

If irritating yuppie culture were sugar, this apple-VW synergy would give me tons upon tons of diabetes.

Dear Volkswagen (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484738)

I am a homosexual. I bought an Volkswagen beatle because of its well earned
reputation for being "the" gay car. Since I have become an Volkswagen owner, I
have been exposed to a whole new world of gay friends. It is really a pleasure
to meet and compute with other homos such as myself. I plan on using my new volkswagen car as a way to entice and recruit young schoolboys into the
homosexual lifestyle; it would be so helpful if you could produce more accessories
which would appeal to young boys. Thanks in advance.

with much gayness,

Father Randy "pudge" O'Day, S.J.

ITrip (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484745)

For all the people who do not want a cassette adaptor. Check out the ITrip. I need to order one of these. My brother stated that he has good luck with it. http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/itrip/

Re:ITrip (1)

kweiske (106117) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484785)

How does your brother have good luck with the Itrip when it's only available for pre-order?

Re:ITrip (1)

PotPieMan (54815) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484809)

Maybe because he's using the original iTrip with his first or second generation iPod?

Re:ITrip (1)

timmyf2371 (586051) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484960)

If you read the website carefully, you'll see that the ITrip adapter is already available for the original iPod whereas the adapter for the new-style iPod is on pre-order.

Well... (0)

Pinguu (677142) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484749)

Soon, when Beetles are cheaper than iPODs, I'm gonna go get one.

mmmm iPod (0, Offtopic)

FBickerstaff (560450) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484750)

god i love my ipod sometimes i just hold it in my hand and carress it mmmmm seriously though, i don't really care what any of my anti-fruit zealot friends say. apple has the best damned mp3 player in the world for sale on their website. i wouldn't trade it for the world.

German engineer? (2, Interesting)

KamuSan (680564) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484751)

AFAIK the beetle is designed in the US and since this is totally US-specific I guess no German engineers were involved whatsoever. I mean, if they were, then they propably wouldn't have use the casette-adaptor anyway. (Especially since noone uses cassettes in Europe anymore. Boo hiss, old, ancient!)

Re:German engineer? (1)

ptr2void (590259) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484803)

Especially since noone uses cassettes in Europe anymore.

Well I do. :-D

Re:German engineer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484891)

I thought all the VW beetle plants were in Mexico.

Re:German engineer? (1)

fehlschlag (543974) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484942)

That may be true [tamu.edu] , but that is the assembly plant, not the design lab.

still waiting (2, Funny)

pangu (322010) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484756)

still waiitng for the Beetle with an Imac style flat panel popping out the top. 100 inches or so to keep the proportions...

Re:still waiting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484927)

Yeah, and if someone cuts you off, just hit click the eject button to knock them off the road!

That's NOTHING ... (2, Funny)

SuperDuG (134989) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484759)

If you buy a used car at Al's Super Sales Used Auto Mart, then he'll throw in a family member, but wait that's not all if you get there in the next two hours he'll even throw in a free person all you can eat buffet pass to the sizzler!

This isn't VW's big pull to align with apple (obviously the thing interacts through a tape deck). This is a gimick. They going to throw in a chop-o-matic too?

Integration (4, Interesting)

morcheeba (260908) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484767)

The holster is a bit hokey... would it kill apple/vw to design the ipod so that it can go inside a slot fairly deep such that only the lcd screen is showing? I'm thinking on top of the dash, kinda like a toaster. If necessary, the ipod should be able to rotate the image on its screen accordingly (for upside-down or sideways installations).

I wonder if the car can control the ipod - i.e. fast forward, rewind, etc. The older-style remote protocol is documented here [maushammer.com] so that you can build an interface to anything you want. It includes nice pictures & working source code!

Re:Integration (1)

boinger (4618) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484845)

I dunno - a 'toaster' slot is just asking for a lot of skanky crap to fall down in there. Think of a real toaster. Now think of the nasty stuff you find in a car after a few years. Ew.

Now if it plugged in upside down (wouldn't work in my car, but up on the ceiling portion above/in front of the rearview in some cars would work), then it would make sense, I think.

Re:Integration (2, Informative)

thatguywhoiam (524290) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484859)

The holster is a bit hokey... would it kill apple/vw to design the ipod so that it can go inside a slot fairly deep such that only the lcd screen is showing? I'm thinking on top of the dash, kinda like a toaster. If necessary, the ipod should be able to rotate the image on its screen accordingly (for upside-down or sideways installations).

Good lord man, why would you want that? From the video (which is a wicked commercial, btw) the iPod swivels and is fully exposed so you can, you know, use it. Plus it was on a fairly convenient angle. Much better than those things that clip to the vent or whatever.

Belkin makes the iPod cup holder thingy incidentally; you can email them with questions about it and they're fairly responsive.

8-Track (4, Funny)

SN74S181 (581549) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484769)

Yes, but does the cassette adapter work in one of those 8-track adapters? You know the ones; they plug into the 8-track slot on your dashboard and you can put a cassette in them.

iTrip (3, Interesting)

JojoLinkyBob (110971) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484775)

Anybody know when the iTrip [griffintechnology.com] FM Transmitter for the iPod is coming out?

The website has been stating "shipping soon" for a very long time now. At any rate, this could be an easier connection than a tape cassette, except for the possible trade-off of sound quality.

Re:iTrip (1)

doogles (103478) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484867)

Anybody know when the iTrip FM Transmitter for the iPod is coming out?

They are in Apple Stores now. I was in Chicago this past week, and saw them with my own eyes.

Re:iTrip (1)

krray (605395) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484875)

New iPod or old? The old version has been shipping (have mine, love it :).

Front page ads? (-1, Flamebait)

rbolkey (74093) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484779)

Ok, I've gotten used to the ads posing as articles for different software projects, but now we're advertising cars on the front page of slashdot? There's really nothing technically important here ... ooo ... I have a tape adapter and an mp3 player with my new car ... big freaking whoop.

A better way to connect your iPod (5, Informative)

myov (177946) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484807)

If you don't have a CD Changer installed, you use this adapter [k9spud.com] . It will change the CD wiring to a standard RCA plug. It also provides a serial line, which with some hacking can be used to control your iPod from the head unit.

In 2003 beetles, the CD Changer is prewired to be installed between the seats (remove the insert). In the older models, it's wired to the trunk. There are also adapters that plug in behind the head unit, rather than using the cd cabling.

This way you don't need to use a FM transmitter or casette adapter, and you don't need to change the stock radio (and run into the K-wire problem)

Oh, iPods... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484860)

...and here I thought it was a call to arms for us pod-people :(

hey buy a Mac Bundle get 300 off (1)

the_2nd_coming (444906) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484883)

hey, if you get a new Mac bunded with an iPod and an HP printer, yu get a 300 dollor rebate on your purchase...basicly, an free printer and iPod (you can just get an iPod or just a printer if you like for a 200/100 dollor rebate respectivy)

what allso kicks ass is the 5-15% reduction in prices.....finance an e-mac with the super drive and get it for 10 bucks a month!!!

Just a crappy cassette adapter? (5, Interesting)

phillymjs (234426) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484902)

Damn, that sucks. Especially when the commercial kinda makes it look (to my unfamiliar-with-VW eye) like the iPod is a little better integrated with the stereo than that. Oh well.

Depending on what kind of stereo you've got, you may be able to get an auxiliary input cable adapter. I got one from XMFanstore [yahoo.com] for the OEM stereo in my car, which has an unused aux connector for a CD changer-- the adapter I bought just ends in female RCA jacks, so you can hook up pretty much any audio input to it. Maybe one of these days I'll be in the mood to take the center console apart and pull the stereo out to connect that cable. Until then, I'm using a crappy cassette adapter. :-(

Another product I'll be getting when it's available is this RF iPod remote control. [engineeredaudio.com] I plan to run the cable to a storage compartment in the console, so the iPod will be out of sight/the way but I'll still be able to control it.

I agree with the "Why aren't they putting God damned input jacks on car stereos yet?" sentiment. What we really need are car stereos and MP3 players with Bluetooth, so they can connect that way. Of course, then you'd have short battery life without plugging the MP3 player into an auto power adapter-- but at least pretty much every car has someplace to plug one of those in.

~Philly

two overpriced underperforming technologies (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484907)

...united into one!

lame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6484924)

It uses a casette adapter, which is really lame. Of course, I use a casette adapter with my iPod, but I am not a German engineer.

However, pudge is an expert at being lame.

About the cassette adapter... (2, Interesting)

owlicks58 (560207) | more than 10 years ago | (#6484954)

It's not to hard to rig up a custom set up yourself. For most stereos you can at least get an adapter to allow aux inputs. On mine it runs through the cd changer controls to the aux input adapter. Then that runs to my belkin auto charger which has a little amp in it. The auto charger is spliced into the cigarette lighter, but this is all under the dash so all you see coming out is the data cable from the belkin charger. And the vent clip on cell phone holder that they sell at radio shack is a perfect fit for the iPod. Here is a pic of the setup. My iPod Setup [funkwebdesign.com]
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