Monday February 6, 2006 8:28 pm
Put Some DICE In Your Ride
I’ve been in the market for a new car for some time now and I have pretty much narrowed it down to the 2006 BMW 330i. The decision hasn’t been easy as the Lexus IS 350 gave BMW some stiff competition, but that review is for another time. In my quest for some new wheels, there have been some absolutely essential features that I have to have. One of them is the ability to integrate the iPod into my cockpit fairly seamlessly. Up until now, the Harmon Kardon Drive+Play has led the quest with their slick integration with just about any vehicle. One thing is still bugging me though, I hate the idea of installing yet another gizmo with a screen and control knob, and something so visible that makes it tempting for those nefarious types to do a smash and grab on my new ride.
DICE Electronics has a nifty solution to my woes. There’s not a whole lot of info available, but from what I can see, their iPod Integration Kit just might be what I’m looking for. According to DICE:
Our hard-wired kit connects right to the cd changer port usually found on the back of your factory radio. The DICE module transfers information between the iPod and radio through a dock cable or dock cradle.
BMW is one of the many vehicles listed as being compatible with the iPod Integration Kit. My biggest question is, does that mean it actually interfaces and works through the BMW iDrive system? Could this be the device all of us have been waiting for? I dunno…sure would be nice to test one and put it head to head against Harmon Kardon. If we manage to hook up a head to head test, we’ll be the first to let you know, otherwise, I may just have to make a blind decision and hope for the best. Either way, looks like there are more options than ever for us iPod touting technorati.
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