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#156854 - 28th May 2007 11:27pm Microsoft Car Stereo to Challenge iPod?
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Microsoft has received a patent for a car stereo that would include a docking station for an MP3 player or other handheld device.

The patent awarded this week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is for a car stereo that includes a docking station for an off-the-shelf handheld computer.

While the station is likely to support Microsoft's Zune portable media player, the patent indicates that the dock also would support third party devices. The patent says that the stereo would include an input/output component that would enable the car stereo to tell the handheld computer "which one of a plurality of different appliance types the car stereo is."

The patent is the latest move for Microsoft in in-car entertainment systems. Ford Motor in January said it would offer a factory-installed communications and entertainment system based on Microsoft automobile software called Sync.

The application enables people to bring into their cars nearly any mobile phone or digital media player, and operate it using voice commands, or controls on the vehicle's steering wheel or radio.

The system was set to debut this year on the 2008 Ford Focus, Fusion, Five Hundred, Edge, Freestyle, Explorer and Sport Trac; the Mercury Milan, Montego and Mountaineer; and the Lincoln MKX and MKZ.



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#156858 - 28th May 2007 11:29pm Re: Microsoft Car Stereo to Challenge iPod? [Re: BMW Joe]
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I was just going to say first impressions it looks like a ford lol
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#156869 - 28th May 2007 11:40pm Re: Microsoft Car Stereo to Challenge iPod? [Re: Mark]
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first impressions it looks like a microwave lol

*ding* dinner's ready!
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#156929 - 29th May 2007 12:48pm Re: Microsoft Car Stereo to Challenge iPod? [Re: BMW Joe]
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There's loads of top end units out there that have 'docking' stations for multimedia devices, normaly over usb tho.

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#156936 - 29th May 2007 2:16pm Re: Microsoft Car Stereo to Challenge iPod? [Re: CustomIce]
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Hmmmm id much rather have a memory card unit to be honest.

Gimme some 8GB compact flash grin

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#157168 - 30th May 2007 9:58am Re: Microsoft Car Stereo to Challenge iPod? [Re: MattLFC]
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Did you se the HU i posted up about that takes SD cards Matty?

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#157184 - 30th May 2007 2:27pm Re: Microsoft Car Stereo to Challenge iPod? [Re: CustomIce]
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Aye a sure did, cheers matey, aint got the funds atm (off to Holland tomorrow) like just wanted prices hehe.

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#157406 - 1st Jun 2007 10:17am Re: Microsoft Car Stereo to Challenge iPod? [Re: MattLFC]
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No probs bud wink

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