I read an article regarding MP3 Player Integration on the SEMA.org site. Here is a direct quote:
Ford has plans in the works to protect itself from potential prosecution for being a conduit to illegally downloaded music. One of Ford’s ideas is a user consent agreement to be used for MP3 playback where car buyers would be required to confirm that the music they are playing in their vehicle was acquired legally.
This is yet another example of how out-of-touch Ford (and other domestic car companies) is with consumers, especially those in their 20s and 30s. They can’t be serious – a waiver regarding my music in my car? Is this really what Ford needs to be worrying about instead of product design and manufacturing efficiency? Did they make people sign waivers stating that they wouldn’t listen to copied cassette tapes in the 1980s or copied CDs in the 1990s? What’s next, a dress code? Just because a file is an MP3 doesn’t mean that it is an illegal download.
I could go on (because it is so easy to make fun of this) but I’ll just sum it up as: Ford = Idiots.