I’ve been wanting to purchase a PhatNoise digital music player for a long time. I like that how well it can integrate with an OEM headunit and I really want to be able to listen to my entire music collection during my 45-minute commute to work without messing with Discs. However, I’ve held off purchasing one because they have yet to add the ability to play WMA protected songs; I saw no hope of them every playing iTunes FairPlay protected songs.
However, I’ve changed my mind. Goodbye PhatNoise, I never really knew ya. I’ve read of multiple companies (Blitz Safe, Soundgate, Precision Interface Electronics (PIE) / Monster Cable, Kenwood, Apline, BMW and several other OEMs) releasing products that allow an iPod to connect to and directly interface with the vehicle audio system. Kenwood, who is a partner with PhatNoise and sells a rebranded unit called the Muisc Keg, was the biggest surprise. So my new plan is to buy an iPod and the OEM interface cable from Blitz Safe. This is a cheaper option than the PhatNoise box and it can play DRM-protected files. I’ll probably start buying songs from Real unless MusicMatch offers the capability to play songs on an iPod. I was ready to give my money to PhatNoise, but they waited too long to take it. Integrating the iPod into vehicles is going to put a hurt on PhatNoise and will force them to finally make changes customers have been requesting.