The Next Generation of iPod Integration

With the revolution that is the iPod exploding around us, many companies have sought ways to integrate the car audio with digital music. This has given the MINI owner several viable options of listening to an iPod through the car stereo. However all these choices still involve wires or at the very least some type of connecting cradle and aren’t quite as integrated as some might hope. Now comes word of a new solution that could not only make us rethink the way our car can interact with an iPod, but our work seamlessly with our mobile phones as well.

Here’s an excerpt from a recent article at Appleinsider:

In an interview with Radio France, Nedelcou let it slip that consumers will soon be able to broadcast music wirelessly from their iPod through their car speakers. Similarly, he said that users will be able to answer incoming phone calls without having to operate their mobile phone handset.

Both tips apparently reference an upcoming device for automobiles, which will include a dock or ‘pod’ that will allow both an iPod with Bluetooth and a mobile phone device to communicate with car stereos. It’s unclear if the device is Apple or Motorola-based.

According to a description provided by Nedelcou, when a Bluetooth phone receives a call, the device will switch the automobile’s audio stream from the iPod’s music over to the phone’s audio feed. A hands-free Bluetooth accessory will reportedly handle outgoing communication.

[ Bluetooth to iPods, car audio device to follow? ] Appleinsider

MF Analysis: To use bluetooth to wirelessly stream high-quality audio to your car’s head-unit would be a dream come true for many. While we already have a bluetooth solution for mobile phones, the idea that this device would double as a way to integrate your iPod is truly remarkable. Interestingly Steve Jobs made a quick comment at his January Macworld keynote about working on the next generation of iPod adapters with BMW. Perhaps this is what he was referring to? Hopefully they’ll be more on this soon.