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Monster® Introduces the iCruze™ for iPod®

The Latest Product in Monster’s Apple Accessories Line Allows Consumers to Play and Control Their iPod Through a Direct Connection to Their Car Stereo
December 27, 2005

BRISBANE, Calif., December 27, 2005 – Monster® is proud to announce that its latest iPod accessory allows consumers to play their entire music collection through their car audio system. With a suggested retail price of $249.95 for the main iCruze unit, iCruze is scheduled to be available to consumers in early Q1 2005.

"Apple’s iPod is the world’s most popular digital music player," explained Noel Lee, The Head Monster. "Monster iCruze makes 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. Six disc CD changers will be a thing of the past! "

Monster iCruze utilizes exclusive SoundGate™ technology that enables the connection of an iPod directly to a factory-installed car stereo or Alpine® M-Bus aftermarket car stereo through the existing CD changer or satellite radio port. Utilizing the iPod’s dock connector, the direct connection to the car stereo results in ultra-high sound quality and performance. Additionally, iCruze users can navigate playlists and tracks directly through their car stereo CD changer controls (and steering wheel controls too, if equipped), as well as control volume. Each CD changer disc selection corresponds to a user’s favorite playlists with as many tracks as desired in each. So a six disc CD changer offers access to six playlists. A ten disc CD changer offers access to ten playlists. And configuring playlists for optimal use with iCruze is easy and offers access to all tracks on the iPod.

Most car models will require the Monster Factory•Linx™ Interface Cable, thus allowing iCruze to mate with nearly all vehicle makes and models (no additional cables needed if you have an Alpine aftermarket car stereo with M-Bus compatibility). Some installs may also require a Monster Factory•Linx Interface Module (also sold separately) that will translate iPod commands into commands the car stereo understands. Consumers can determine exactly what is required for their specific car using the easy in-store iCruze Factory•Linx selection guide or by visiting iPodiCruze.com

An optional iCruze dash-mount LCD display is available to further enhance the iCruze for iPod driving experience. The display is a multi-line, 20-character blue backlit LCD text display that displays song name and artist information, making iPod playlist navigation even easier. The display connects to iCruze via an RJ-11 (phone jack) connection and easily mounts onto the dash.

"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 dash space, iCruze was designed to install using as little space as possible and is most often installed in or under the dash behind the car stereo. The dock connector cable can be installed so the iPod can be hidden away in the glove box, center console or can be dash-mounted. While professional installation is recommend for the best performance, iCruze comes with an installation guide and how-to CD-ROM for those familiar with car audio installation techniques and factory car stereo removal.

For additional product information, pricing, dealer locations, and to find out exactly what iCruze hardware is required for specific car makes/models, visit iPodiCruze.com today.
 

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Look like a good solution for iPod's
Except it costs $249.

Except the FactorLinx cable needed to make it work is not included and costs an additional $99.

Oh yeah, and except it doesn't work in the Murano.

But other than that, sure.

Pic of the monster text interface (available at yet additional cost), for those still interested:
 

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I had not wanted to do any bubble bursting so I let you get there on your own.
 

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The POS iPod2Car adapter that does the same thing poorly (bought it for my MR2 and it tried to light itself on fire) costs $190. I would much rather pay $350 total for a Monster product that will work better and sound better.

Why wouldn't it be compatible with the Murano if it's compatible with the 350Z and the 35G which seem to have almost the same stereo? I understand the website does not list the Murano though.
 
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