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Audi
A3 and TT buyers have the option of iPod connection for 150 and 175 respectively. Its located in the glovebox, and makes your iPod controllable via the radio or multi-function steering wheel if fitted. You cant specify iPod connection if youve gone for either a CD changer or USB connection, though, because the free space in the glovebox is taken up.

The rest of the Audi range can be specced with the Audi Music Interface for 200. Its a universal connection for use with stereo audio sources and Apples iPod (generation 4 upwards).

You can control the iPod through the MMI (Multi Media Interface) and multi-function steering wheel. It also replicates the iPod display on the MMI screen including the track titles.

The interface charges the iPod as well, and comes with a rubber storage tray. You will also need to purchase a separate adapter cable from your Audi dealer to use the interface.

BMW
All BMWs apart from the 7 Series and Z4 come with an auxiliary input to plug your iPod into. All you need is a 3.5mm jack cable and you can effectively use the cars speakers instead of earphones.

For another 100 you can buy a lead that allows you to control the iPod using the stereo controls. If you buy a BMW with a multi-function steering wheel (standard on high-end cars, but a cost option on base models), you can control your iPod using the buttons on that.

If you dont have an iPod, you can specify a USB interface (205) on the 1, 3, 5, 6 Series, and the X5 and X6. You can then use any USB memory stick to play your favourite tunes.

Citroen
Buy a C1 and it will come with an auxillary input socket as standard. All you need is a 3.5mm jack lead to plug in your iPod or other MP3 player.

The rest of the Citroen range doesnt come with any iPod preparation as standard - youll need to spec satellite-navigation (NaviDrive) which costs from 1650. This option comes with an auxiliary input.