What struck me about this article
about the 2008 Ford Escape was the following line: "The instrument panel houses audio and climate controls, a standard MP3/iPod audio jack, and controls for the available heated seats and in-dash navigation system." Not only has the MP3 audio jack become standard, but the iPod gets listed coequally with MP3. Is the iPod about to become the next kleenex, jello, or bandaid as a proprietary eponym? Has the iPod reached that level of popularity where it has been absorbed into the buying public's mind as the standard unit of portable media playback? I'm sure the guys from Auto Spectator wouldn't have listed the iPod-compliance of the audio jack if they didn't think it would connect with their audience.