From tunertricks.com June 1, 2005. We’ve been alluding to this in recent posts and direct emails to potential customers, and now I can finally take the wraps off something we’ve been working on for about a month now. tunertricks.com is very pleased to announce the first in a line of vehicle-specific iPod docking solutions that are attractive, strong, easy to install and less expensive than the custom-built counterparts we have been fabricating and posting on since the site’s inception. Click here for detailed information, pricing and a list of iPod products currently under development.
Until now, the only way to dock your iPod in your car has been to build one (or have one built) yourself, have us build one for you by hand, or purhcase a product like the Dension ICELink cradle, which then has to be mounted somewhere on your dash - sometimes not in the ideal location. What we have developed is a direct drop-in iPod docking solution that is integrated into your vehicle for a stealthy and factory-installed appearance. The E46 model pictured here simply drops into the ashtray location and fits perfectly, requiring no permanent modification to the vehicle at all and allowing the factory ashtray door to close completely over the dock when the iPod is not in place.
The entire line of vehicle-specific iPod docks feature an opening in the bottom of the dock area that will accomodate any iPod cable that terminates in a standard Apple-style dock connector. Products with this connector range from the simple Belkin and SIK (as well as many others) audio and charging cables to Dension’s ICELink along with Alpine, Clarion, Kenwood, Pioneer and Sony’s iPod interface cables. This connector becomes the interface between your vehicle and the iPod for charging, audio and - in some cases - control of the iPod from your source unit. The dock will accomodate any size 3g or 4g (dockable) iPod from 10gig to 60gig Photo, with a removable spacer pre-installed to support your current iPod and to allow for upgrading without purchasing an entirely new docking piece for your car.
In most cases, installation is very simple - requiring removal of the source unit to connect whichever interface you choose and routing of the dock-connector end of the interface to the area where our docking solution will be installed. The connector then simply slides into the dock (after disabling the locks on the end of the cable) and is adhered to the part using any type of epoxy or cyanoacrylate glue (super glue) and the piece is slid into place, ready for the iPod to be docked and enjoyed.
We are taking orders through specdock.com for the BMW 3-Series (E46) docking solution, which is priced at $150 plus shipping to your location. Other vehicle-specific solutions in the works include an ashtray mount for the MKIV (1999.5-2005) Volkswagen Golf, GTi, Jetta, GLi and R32, which will be ready to order next week, as well as three other units currently being developed - BMW 5-series E39 (1996-2004), BMW Z4 and the MKV (2005 and up) VW Jetta and Golf.
If you have any questions about these products, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and please keep checking the site for new product availability and posts on other projects.