August 4, 2006 Apple has announced it has teamed up with Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Mazda to deliver seamless iPod integration across the majority of their brands and models. As the company already has relationships with the majority of manufacturers, the new additions to the Apple fold will mean that more than 70 percent of 2007-model US automobiles will offer iPod integration. Apple’s web site predicts that Infiniti and Ferrari are soon to follow suit.
Ford and General Motors will feature iPod integration in the majority of their 2007 models in the US beginning later this year, while Mazda's entire global 2007 lineup of cars and SUVs will offer iPod connectivity. iPod offerings for Ford, General Motors and Mazda provide drivers with outstanding sound quality while charging the iPod, while conveniently storing the iPod in the glove compartment. Seamless iPod integration also allows drivers to use their car's multifunction controls to select their music using artist, album, playlist or shuffle songs, as well as to easily skip between tracks and playlists.
iPod and iTunes are leading the digital music revolution, providing the best way to listen to music on the go, at home and in the car. With over 58 million iPods sold, the iPod is the world's most popular digital music player and the iTunes Music Store is the number one online music store with over a billion songs purchased and downloaded worldwide.