In "Witness," John Book makes a joke that none of the Amish get when he references a coffee commercial. But with all the car gadgets that play music, no one ever has to hear a commercial again. One example is satellite radio, which offers more channels than you can shake a stick at and is available for a monthly subscription rate. (There's even an 80s music option for John Book.)
But many people have already made a musical commitment to their iPods, and they want to be able to take that music anywhere, even their cars. An MP3 player connection is becoming standard in many vehicles, but some car makers are going specifically after those Apple fans. An iPod-specific connection allows the driver to select iPod tracks through the car's stereo system, sometimes from the steering wheel itself. Need more iPod info? Head on over to Top 5 iPod Car Accessories.
Now we just have to explain to the Amish character what an iPod is.
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