By Lisa Johnston
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Monster announced a variety of iPod and iPhone accessories this month.
The PerformanceCar iTV Link is designed to provide an all-in-one connection to in-car entertainment systems via the iPod 30-pin connector. Featuring a 10-foot cable length, the 24k gold composite audio and video turbine connectors reportedly provide total reliability, and hard-wired installed power leads let users charge their iPods or iPhones while in use. It's compatible with latest iPods said Monster, along with the first-generation iPhone and iPhone 3G. Shipping is scheduled for May for a $59.95 suggested retail.
The iCarPlay Wireless 800 ($79.95), scheduled for April shipment, lets iPod and iPhone users transmit music wirelessly via their devices through any FM radio station. It has the company's M-Drive multifunction control, which is billed as a one-knob control that lets users keep their eyes on the road at all times. The iCarPlay Wireless 500 ($69.95, May) also reportedly enables users to broadcast iPod music wirelessly to their car's FM stereo and “tune stations with just a flick of the wrist,” said Monster.
The iCarPlay Cassette 800, ($19.95, May) will let users play iPod and iPhone music through their car stereo cassette players. It features an improved cassette head for superior sound quality, as well as a high-fidelity chipset and digital display, according to the company.
The last FM transmitter introduced by Monster, the iCarPlay Wireless 300 ($49.95, June), is a portable FM transmitter for iPods that's engineered for car or home use.
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