iPod docks coming to a glovebox near you

You may not have to fiddle around trying to tune your iTrip for much longer – Apple has added Ford, GM and Mazda to the list of car makers who are pro

You may not have to fiddle around trying to tune your iTrip for much longer – Apple has added Ford, GM and Mazda to the list of car makers who are promising to include full iPod integration in their new models.

While solutions like the cassette adaptor, auxiliary inputs on car radios and the soon-to-be legal iTrip are all makeshift ways to listen to your ‘Pod on the road, these new deals promise to make a more user-friendly system widespread.

BMW, Mercedes and Minis are already showcasing a setup that lets you charge your iPod via a dock in the glove compartment, and control the music using the radio controls or, in some cases, paddles behind the steering wheel.

The addition of Ford, GM and Mazda to the list is quite a US-centric move which will see more than 70 percent of 2007-model cars in the country offer iPod integration.

A number of the models will, though, be sold in the UK, which should reduce the number of family dogs mown down by distracted drivers spinning their fingers round a clickwheel.

Less keen on the move will be terrestrial radio, which will be competing increasingly with lovingly-crafted playlists and podcasts of the calibre of Stuff’s . Well, it’ll have to cull annoying its DJs, get funnier and play better music, then, won’t it?

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