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November 14, 2006 12:42 PM

Bothell helping Apple connect iPods

Posted by Kim Peterson

Six airlines will begin offering passengers iPod hookups at their seats to charge their players and show iPod videos on seat back displays, Apple said today. There's a local connection to the news as well.

Apple is working with Panasonic Avionics, the Bothell-based subsidiary of Panasonic that produces in-flight entertainment systems for airplanes. Through its work with Panasonic, Apple said it wants to bring the iPod connectivity to more airlines in the future.

Starting in mid-2007, the airlines scheduled to roll out this connectivity include Air France, Continental, Delta, Emirates, KLM and United.

Not a bad announcement from Apple to counter the launch of Microsoft's Zune player.

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