Chrysler Group & Apple Announce iPod Integration

Over Three Million Chrysler, Jeep & Dodge Automobiles to Support iPod

Connectivity in 2006


Jan 08, 2006, 00:00 ET from Apple Computer, Inc.

/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Chrysler Group today announced that it will be
 the first American automaker to provide full iPod integration as an option in
 most of its 2006 models, with over three million 2006 Chrysler, Jeep(R) and
 Dodge models offering seamless iPod(R) integration beginning this spring.
 Drivers will be able to listen to their iPod through the car's audio system,
 select their music by artist, album or playlist with radio or steering wheel
 controls and view selections on the radio's display.
     "Customers have been asking for iPod connectivity and we're excited to
 make it available to so many of our vehicles in 2006," said Randy Ewers,
 director, Mopar Accessories Portfolio Team. "We're providing the largest
 number and range of automobiles with iPod support of any automaker, allowing
 Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge owners to bring and listen to their entire music
     "We're thrilled that over three million Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge
 automobiles will offer great iPod connectivity in 2006," said Greg Joswiak,
 Apple's vice president of Worldwide iPod Product Marketing. "Over 40 percent
 of all cars sold in the US in 2006 will offer iPod connectivity."
     iPod is the number one digital music player in the world, providing the
 best way to listen to music on-the-go, at home and in the car. The iPod
 economy continues to flourish with accessories made specifically for iPod that
 range from fashionable cases to speaker systems, and 16 carmakers currently
 offer iPod support. For a complete list of carmakers please visit, . In addition, an array of after-market
 solutions are available from Alpine, Clarion, Kenwood and Pioneer for
 automobiles that currently do not offer iPod integration.
     Pricing and Availability
     The optional iPod Integration Kit for Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge model lines
 will be available to customers for the MSRP of $175 (US) plus installation
 from authorized dealerships, and will debut this spring. In addition, the
 solution can be retrofit to many model year 2005 vehicles. For more
 information on the iPod Integration Kit for domestic vehicles, or details on
 other authentic accessories by Mopar, see your nearest Chrysler, Jeep or Dodge
 dealership, or visit iPod products, sold separately, are
 available in the US through the Apple Store(R) (, Apple's retail
 stores and Apple(R) Authorized Resellers.
     Mopar is the official parts, service and accessories division of the
 Chrysler Group, providing factory service parts and accessories for all
 Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles. Like all authentic accessories by Mopar,
 the iPod Integration Kit is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile New Vehicle
 Limited Warranty and supported by over 3,900 Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge
 dealerships nationwide.
     Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple
 II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh.
 Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its
 award-winning desktop and notebook computers, OS X operating system, and iLife
 and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital music
 revolution with its iPod portable music players and iTunes online music store.
     NOTE:  Apple, the Apple logo, Mac, Mac OS, Macintosh, Power Mac, iPod and
 Apple Store are trademarks of Apple. Other company and product names may be
 trademarks of their respective owners.

SOURCE Apple Computer, Inc.