Apple TV installed a 1999 SC400
Here's my first post at MP3Car.
I chose to use an Apple TV in my SC400, not exactly a traditional carputer, but with some minor software modifications it provides a decent amount of functionality with a very clean interface. The only downside is that there is no touchscreen control, but for me that's fine as the Apple TV's remote is very user friendly. Also I prefer to have a traditional Navigation/Radio so the Apple TV works out perfectly.
Alpine 12" Type R:
The installation of the Apple TV was fairly straightforward. The components used for the install were an Apple TV, power inverter, Jobsite IR repeater(operates off 12 volts DC), component to composite video adapter(from svideo.com), ground loop isolator, and several sets of well shielded RCAs for audio and video to the Eclipse Navigation unit. The Apple TV is installed in the location of the factory amplifier and cd changer. To mount the equipment I cut a piece of 3/4" MDF to fit the corner of the trunk and used wire ties for the Apple TV for easy removal in the future. The install turned out pretty clean considering the amount of components that needed to be installed. The IR receiver is mounted to the right of the navigation unit just below the glove compartment.
To cover the factory changer opening I fabricated a matching cover for the opening that can be removed for easy access to the Apple TV. Here's a picture with the trunk still partially disassembled.
Here's a picture of the Apple TV booting.
And a picture in the song selection menu.
The Apple TV works really well, the only downside is my Eclipse Nav unit's low resolution display that can make some small text hard to read. It also is currently set to boot when the car is on and takes about 20 seconds to start up which is pretty reasonable and the Apple remote works great with the Jobsite IR repeater.
Soon I will be changing the AVN5510 for a Pioneer AVIC-Z110bt to have a nicer resolution display and a bit more up-to-date interface.
Here are a couple videos of the Apple TV in action. What appears to be lag in the menu system is actually just me trying to balance the camera and use the remote at the same time. Also, the software side is still factory, I will be installing the web browser and Boxee soon for additional functionality.
In operation showing song search: