Pioneer Electronics today announced a direct-connect auto adapter to play songs from an iPod through the company’s car stereos. “Through Pioneer’s IP-Bus system, the CD-IB100 is backwards compatible with more than 3 million Pioneer car stereos sold during the past several years. Users will be able to operate their iPods as easily as they would using the stereo unit, by means of the stereo’s front panel controls. Pioneer stereos will display up to eight characters of text including album, artist and song names, with the ability to scroll additional information.” The CD-IB100 adapter will be available in March for US$140.