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Make Your iPhone the Heart and Soul of Your Car Stereo

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I get so frustrated when I'm in a new car and there's no way to plug in my iPod. Get with the times, car manufacturers! Or bring them up to speed yourself with the O'Car, a dedicated iPhone-based head unit.


Oxygen Audio's O'Car has a RDS radio tuner and a 4x55W amp, but the magic happens when you strap in your iPhone. The rotating mount charges your phone and holds it horizontally or vertically, allowing you to play tunes through the iPod app, Pandora radio or whatever else, put your iPhone to work as a GPS navigator, or make hands-free calls over your car's speakers. Or play Infinity Blade while you're in bumper to bumper traffic.

Aside from radio, the O'Car doesn't do much on its own, so hopefully it won't be too pricey when it's officially debuted at CES in January. (Update: Our pals at Gizmodo France tell us that the unit is on sale there for €300, about $400.) All I know is that I wouldn't shed a tear if I had to retire that stack of half decade old CD-Rs that are shoved in my car's every nook and cranny. [O'Car via Wired]

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It's stuff like this that shows Andriod et all won't destroy theiPhone and no one probably will. You may get a better phone, or a comperable operating system, but by having ONE good device with ONE good operating system, you can build build up periferals around it like Legos and everyone can profit. Until I can can leave home on a conference call, plug in my phone to my car to use the radio controls on my steering wheel to sort my music and play it, read a book in the morning, video chat with my wife at lunch, watch Netflix when I'm "working", play a high def game before I drive away, blutooth a call on my radio, walk in the house and turn on my stereo, balance the speaker output for my listening zone, take a picture with my Nikon, find a movie to watch and rent it on my TV, transfer my music to the garage and listen there and a bazillion more things on a Google or Microsoft device without any conflict, They'll never defeat Apple.