Apple has already seen iPod integration reach
70% with new automobiles being introduced in the United States these days, but
the company still has much loftier goals in mind. The company is now looking to
integration to the skies and has signed up major airlines to spread more
In an announcement made today, Air France, Continental,
Delta, Emirates, KLM and United stated that they will offer iPod integration in
individual seats. “There is no better traveling companion than an iPod, and now
travelers can power their iPods during flight and even watch their iPod movies
and TV shows on their seat back displays,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice
president of Worldwide iPod Product Marketing.
Apple, which has sold nearly 70 million iPods
since its 2001 introduction, says that the in-flight iPod connectivity will be
available starting in mid-2007.
Apple's iPod commands over 75% of the digital
audio player market and has lead a pretty easy life as far as competition goes.
Microsoft's newly released Zune looks to change
matters though with a 3" color screen, 30GB hard drive, FM radio support
and WiFi sharing.