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Your Next BMW Will Control Your iPod

BMW is the first automobile maker to integrate the iPod Out functionality of the iOS 4. This means that you'll be able to view your iPod's screens and menus right on your car's built-in display.

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It might not seem like a huge deal, but there are benefits to such a setup:

The benefit of using the iPod Out connection is that it allows the interface to change and grow with the connected iPhone or iPod. If Apple adds, changes, or removes an iPod feature in the next revision, the connected BMW or Mini should immediately be able to reflect those changes.

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BMW plans to add the feature to its cars starting in 2011. [CNET via MacRumors]

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When My dad bought a Lexus early 20009, they already had an optional ipod & iphone integration unit for $800. The touch screen car console will change to selected iphone apps like GPS or music menu from ipod when we connect the Apple products. All controls were via the touch screen. The sales person couldn't answer alot of question about it so he decided not to spent 800 bucks on it. I dont know how this is different from BMW's. It sure sounds similar.