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Alpine eX-10 gives plug-and-play in-car iPod playback

Alpine eX-10 gives plug-and-play in-car iPod playback.

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If you want access to your iPod tunes while on the road but don't necessarily want to rip your dashboard apart to install an aftermarket stereo, then the Alpine eX-10 is probably a good bet. Like the Harman Kardon Drive + Play 2 that we saw last year, the eX-10--which is powered by a car's 12-volt cigarette lighter adapter--makes use of a full-color LCD display and a wireless control module to let drivers browse their iPod libraries, select tunes, and even view album art. With music selected, the audio output is either streamed to the car's stereo via the device's built-in FM transmitter, or connected to the stereo via an auxiliary-input jack.

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The eX-10 also comes with a built-in Bluetooth hands-free calling interface, which enables drivers to access their cell phone's address books and recent call activity, and to stream music via the A2DP Bluetooth profile (providing their cell phones come with the relevant capabilities). The ex-10 will be available at the end of the month with a price of around $230.