Clearwater, Fla. -Aamp of America, under its iSimple brand, is launching an iPhone app that works with a car kit to wirelessly play music from an iPhone through a car radio.
The free "WiFli" app works with a new $99 WiFli car kit, both to ship in early November. The app converts the iPhone or iPod Touch into an FM transmitter that automatically scans the car radio for an unused FM station. Users then tune their radio to the same station, and install the WiFli kit to "stream" music through the car's sound system from the iPhone using FM transmission.
The WiFli kit includes a snap on FM transponder for the iPhone and a remote control that straps to the car steering wheel. It also charges the iPhone. The WiFli also works without the app for use with standard iPods through a software download from www.isimplesolutions.com or without the need for a download if the user has an RDS car radio.
The WiFli iPod car kit was first shown last January and slated to ship in March (without the iPhone app) and was delayed until November.
Also under the iSimple label is an OmniWire car iPhone/iPod car kit to be released by the end of the year that charges and connects the iPhone to a car radio that has an auxiliary input jack. The $59 cable plugs into the auxiliary input and then connects to the car's cigarette lighter jack.
iSimple is also planning several "StrongHold" car mounting kits that affix to the windshield or dash for simple mounting of iPhone and other portable devices in the car, it said.