Apple iPod Elevates Game: Six Airlines to Add Connectivity

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Includes: AAPL, MSFT, SNE, WDC
by: Steven Towns

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Fliers With Ipods May Soon Be Able To Plug In [USATODAY]

Summary: Apple announced yesterday that from next year, six major airlines (United, Delta, Continental, Air France, Emirates and KLM) will offer iPod connections in selected flights. The connectivity will only be available in seats that already have in-flight entertainment systems, and will allow passengers to power and charge their iPods, as well as watch any saved TV shows or movies on the larger seat-back monitors. An analyst at Inside Digital Media commented on the positive implications for Apple in terms of recognition as "a central component of future entertainment systems", and said it could benefit since it would be another reason to choose an iPod over other MP3 players. On the ground, Red Herring reports nearly 70% of new cars come with iPod connectivity.
Related links: Media coverage: Red Herring and WSJ. Commentary: Retailers Expect the iPod To Top All Other Electronics Products This ChristmasMicrosoft's Attempt To Silence a Zune Critic BackfiresSirius and XMSR: Merger, Apple Buyout Among the PossibilitiesApple's $7 Billion Christmas Quarter To Be Paced by iPod SalesApple Posts Stellar Quarterly Results. Conference call transcript: Apple F4Q06.
Potentially impacted stocks and ETFs: Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) • Competitors: SanDisk (SNDK), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), RealNetworks (NASDAQ:RNWK), Creative Technology (OTCPK:CREAF), Sony (NYSE:SNE) • ETFs: NASDAQ 100 Trust Shares (QQQQ), Internet Architecture HOLDRs (NYSE:IAH), PowerShares Dyn Hardware&Con Electronics (PHW), iShares Goldman Sachs Technology Index (NYSEARCA:IGM), iShares S&P Global Technology (NYSEARCA:IXN), iShares Dow Jones US Technology (NYSEARCA:IYW)

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