|I got this link from a guy over at Planetnautique.com |
BRISBANE, Calif., November 2, 2004 - Monster® is proud to announce that it has partnered with SoundGate® to produce and distribute iCruze™, Monster's latest iPod accessory that allows consumers to play their entire music collection through their car audio systems. With a suggested retail price of $199.95, the iCruze is scheduled to be available to consumers this Fall.
"Apple's iPod is the world's most popular digital music player," explained Noel Lee, The Head Monster. "Monster has now made it even easier for iPod and iPod mini users to listen to their entire music collection in the car, the days of cluttering the car with CDs are finally over."
In conjunction with Sheridan, Wyo.-based SoundGate, Monster's iCruze is an interface that enables the connection of an iPod to a factory or aftermarket radio through either the car's existing CD changer or satellite radio port. An optional display is available if the existing head unit is limited and cannot display text. The iCruze display is a multi-line, 20-character backlit LCD display that reproduces the same information as that on the iPod, such as song title and song artist. Since the iCruze is a direct connect to the automobile's sound system via the CD changer or satellite radio port, sound quality is also incredibly clear.
"iPod is the world's most popular digital music player with an unrivaled array of third party accessories," said Stan Ng, Apple's Director of iPod Product Marketing. "Joining the lineup of over 200 iPod accessories, iCruze provides another innovative car audio option to allow music lovers to listen to the iPod in their car."
Taking into consideration an automobile's limited space, Monster and SoundGate designed the iCruze to use as little space as possible. The iPod and iPod mini can be hidden away and controlled by the CD player that it is connected to. Users can select the songs and playlists of their choice through either the steering wheel controls or the CD player's controls. The song information can also be viewed on the optional display and the iPod can be mounted anywhere in the vehicle depending on the car audio system device it is connected to.
According to Rob Putman, president of SoundGate, the demand from iPod users to be able to use their portable devices in the car has been immense. "Utilizing proprietary technology, the iCruze will work in virtually hundreds of different vehicles via the vehicles' CD player or satellite radio connection. We are extremely pleased to partner with Monster, the market's accessories leader."
Residing at the base of the Bighorn Mountains in beautiful Sheridan, Wyoming, SoundGate has brought together the best minds in analog audio and digital design expertise. Manufactured in five different facilities in the United States and England, SoundGate product strives to keep the aftermarket industry ahead of the technology being presented by the automobile manufacturers… SoundGate has earned the reputation of being the most technologically advanced interfacing company in existence. If you're contemplating changing part of your factory sound system, ask your Mobile Electronics Specialist to use SoundGate interfaces… the strongest link in your new system.
Monster aims to help the Apple user by offering Monsterous attachments specifically for Apple products. Monster's full line of multimedia accessories are designed and packaged with the Apple customer in mind, including Apple-branded cables, iPod® attachments, and PowerCentersTM.
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|Cool! I wonder how (or if) this interface will work with my SONY CDX-MP80 headunit? I'll have to look into it. Right now I'm just using the AUX input on my headunit and the controls on the Ipod (just like everyone else I'd wager). |
|By TR (biz) on Monday, November 29, 2004 - 7:34 am:
|Grant, is this similiar to the unit alpine has out? I have read that you can control your ipod with an Alpine head unit... Also, what doyou think about non-Ipod players? a lot of "non-Ipod" players have become available lately. |
|What do I think about non I pod units. well right now I dont think about them. You dont see any companys making anything but Ipod accessories, For me the unit is one thing but its the accessories that make it better, just like the unit above . Yes its suposed to work just like the Alpine |
|Today I started looking at MP3 players and primarily the IPod for the boat next summer. I came across this post yesterday and didn't think too much of the ICruze, maybe because I didn't read the entire post and didn't really understand it. But today one of my crew asked the question if it was going to be possible to control the IPod through all the remotes we installed throughout the boat. I said no, and that's when it hit me! The ICruze! Now I get it! This sounds like a definite need if you own an IPod. BTW, another great MP3 player on the market is the iriver. My brother has one and it rocks! Much cheaper than the 40 gig IPod and it does more. Worth a look if you're in the market.|
|the question i want answered is can i use the ipod as a stand alone unit? |
or do i need a head unit with a aux outs?
|I hear the iriver is a brick compared to the ipod? like twice as thick and heavier. Plus I hear that they are korean made and last a year; therefore, impossible to get warranteed.|
|Alan : Your answer is Yes and No. |
Yes it can be set up to work in this way. I dont feel like listing all the things you would need to do to make it work, because by the time you did everything to make it work you could have just hooked up a Head Unit
|Check out the following links as well that have some similar products that are a little cheaper. Also, I tested out the Apline unit the other day at the local dealer and it is sweet, but for it to be effective you need to have higher end head unit (CDA-9835 or better) to display all the information on the ipod. |
|Uh, the 9835 is the highest headunit Alpine makes (except for the F1 status and IVA-D300 and IVA-D901). |
The truth is any of the units with two lines of display will work fine (9831 and higher).