Corvette, as well as 56 other models under the GM corporate umbrella will soon have a factory device called the “Personal Audio Link” that allows owners to hook up their iPods and play them through their factory audio systems. Rollout of the PAL will begin in October this year and by then of 2007, most GM vehicles should be equipped with the device.
The Personal Audio Link uses existing radio software and is integrated through the radio’s digital XM Satellite Radio bank. XM does not have to be activated for the system to work. Similar to FM Modulated systems, the XM integration offers improved sound and contents (artist, title, genre) are viewable on the radio’s display. The radio controls on the Corvette’s steering wheel will allow drivers to adjust the system volume.
Personal Audio Link Key Features â€“ At a Glance
- Seamlessly connects an iPod to the vehicleâ€™s factory installed audio system
- Charges iPod when ignition is on
- Choose from English, Spanish or French language for function displays
- Search and display music by genre, playlist, album, artist
- Use seek function to move forward or reverse within a song for up to 15 seconds
- Select “shuffle” function to mix music
- Sort music using “alphabetical jump” from A-Z list
- Sort and select Podcasts and audio books by title
- Control volume from steering wheel controls
- Personalize text display in dynamic mode (radio display scrolls through artist, album, title, song, time remaining, etc.) or static mode (fixed on one display element such as artist)
- Perform fast music searches using high-speed text display technology
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