September 17, 2005
../ Volkswagen USB Music Connection
Volkswagen AG announced a USB music option on
the Golf, Golf Plus and Touran models beginning in December of 2005. The 195 Euro/$240 US Dollar option will allow
drivers to plug in a USB storage device directly into the car's sound system for immediate playback. However, the USB Music
option replaces the Six CD system instead of augmenting it.
After the Golf, Golf Plus and Touran cars, the option
will be available on all Volkswagen models sometime in 2006. Simply plug in a USB device and the contents will
appear on Volkswagen's display just like a CD. Full support for ID3 tags, search and current organizational schemes
are supported. Volkswagen is the first automaker to
offer a ubiquitous USB connection as an option in its models.
Volkswagen also announced a special iPod option that
will include a 30pin connection in the armrest. Just mount an iPod in the supplied cradle and the car's display
will not only reveal the contents, but also allow you to control the iPod as well. Only BMW offers a similar iPod
connection. The options made their official debut at
the September International Motor Show in Frankfurt.
The Future: The Germans have been blazing the
digital audio trail and it won't be long for GM, Ford, DaimlerChrysler and others to follow. In the meantime, it's a
shame that more manufacturers don't simply offer a Aux Minijack Audio Input with their current stereo packages.
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