Apple Teams Up With Acura, Audi, Honda & Volkswagen to Deliver Seamless
iPod Integration Now Available from 15 Car Companies Around the World
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Apple(R) today announced
it has teamed up with Acura, Audi, Honda and Volkswagen to deliver iPod(R)
integration with their car stereos for 2006 model lines. Seamless
integration of iPods in cars allows music lovers to enjoy high-quality
sound through their car’s stereo system, easily access their entire music
library and take their music with them everywhere they go. There are now 15
car companies around the world offering iPod integration, and more than 5
million cars will ship with iPod support in the US in 2006.
“We’re thrilled to team up with Acura, Audi, Honda and Volkswagen to
provide drivers with a seamless iPod experience,” said Greg Joswiak,
Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPod Product Marketing. “Car companies
are embracing the iPod, and over 30 percent of the cars sold in the US in
2006 will offer iPod integration.”
The Honda and Acura Music Link iPod integrations will be the first to
include text-to-speech capabilities or VoiceID, which is used to search for
playlists, artist and album names or genre information. Acura and Honda
will feature iPod integration in the majority of their lineup beginning
later this year.
Beginning in November, Audi will feature iPod integration in the A3, A4 and
TT models and Volkswagen will offer iPod integration for the majority of
their 2006 US lineup.
iPod and iTunes(R) are leading the digital music revolution, providing the
best way to listen to music on the go, at home and in the car. With over 21
million iPods sold, the iPod is the world’s most popular digital music
player and the iTunes Music Store is the number one online music store with
over 500 million songs purchased and downloaded worldwide.
Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple
II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh.
Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-
winning desktop and notebook computers, OS X operating system, and iLife
and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital music
revolution with its iPod portable music players and iTunes online music