Alpine debuts on the road iPod

We were slightly flummoxed by the spec list for Alpine's new head unit. No CD, no tape, just an AM/FM tuner to its name. Our furrowed brows were soon

We were slightly flummoxed by the spec list for Alpine's new head unit. No CD, no tape, just an AM/FM tuner to its name. Our furrowed brows were soon smoothed, however, when we realised that the iDA-X001 eschews such old school physical media to rely instead on, you guessed it, the iPod.While it might not be the first car stereo to buddy up with the Apple player, it is the first to carry the 'made for iPod' logo. Hook up via USB cable from the bundled cradle and the 320x240 pixel TFT screen will happily display artist, album and track information while seamlessly pinning up album art, just like real thing.Bluetooth can be added too via an adaptor for snacking on tunes from your music phone, or piping conversations through the car speakers for law-abiding convenience.It's out now in the US but retailers here are already promising shipments by the end of the month. Needless to say we'll be pimping-out the Stuff mobile just as soon as we can get our oily hands on one.

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Alpine Electronics iDA-X001 Price: £300 On sale: Ferbruary/March Contact: Alpine Related stories: Everything Syncs with Ford