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Posts tagged with 'Pandora'

18 Feb, 2014

John Day   Subaru of America recently announced that Harman’s Aha Radio will be a standard feature in all Subaru models and trims, starting with the 2015 Legacy. Smartphone-savvy vehicle owners can use Aha to access more than 100,000 channels of Web-based content.   That led me to wonder about Pandora, but not for long. Within days, Subaru announced that Pandora smartphone integration will be part of the … Read More

Porsche, Pandora, smartphone integration, Acura, Chrysler, 2015 Legacy, Subaru of America, Honda, Web-based content, Infotainment, Ford, Harman's Aha Radio

26 Aug, 2013

John Day   When I first saw that Sony has introduced an in-car entertainment system I presumed the company did so in partnership with an automaker. Most systems like the XAV-602BT are selling features in new cars. But this system is for the aftermarket, and I wonder if we won’t see more systems like it. Sony’s XAV-602BT features smartphone connectivity and an optional GPS module (XA-NV300T) with TomTom® … Read More

Sony, Bluetooth, Car Connectivity Consortium, aftermarket, navigation, Pandora, in-car entertainment, MirrorLink

27 Sep, 2011

John Day It’s an article of faith in the automotive industry that customers want to bring their increasingly sophisticated smartphones into their vehicles and use them as easily and effectively as possible without having to take their eyes off the road or their hands off the wheel for more than a brief moment. From the customer’s perspective, the more freedom and flexibility they have to use smartphone “apps,” … Read More

MovieTickets.com, location-based services, Nuance, Bing, Stitcher, Toyota's Entune, BMW ConnectedDrive, OpenBeak, Internet radio, OpenTable, iPhone/MP3 connectivity, Pandora, Ford Sync, smartphone "apps", iheartradio

6 Dec, 2010

John Day   Suppose you’re the person responsible for managing an automaker’s infotainment strategy. Let’s say you currently offer SiriusXM satellite radio, AM/FM, and HD. When and how do you add Internet radio? Ford is offering Pandora and Stitcher (music and news programming respectively), Toyota recently announced a partnership with Clear Channel’s iheartradio (750+ stations). Is now the time to make a move, … Read More

Slacker Internet Radio, Sirius/XM, Stitcher, Clear Channel, Ford, ABC News Radio, Toyota, Internet radio, Pandora, Wi-Fi, iheartradio, Infotainment

29 Nov, 2010

John Day In-vehicle Internet radio has such an air of inevitability about it that I almost wonder why it isn’t common already, but a moment’s thought and a glance at just one aggregation of Internet stations – iTunes, for example – brings the problem into focus. There must be a gazillion Internet radio stations out there, so once the Internet connectivity problem has been solved, how is the tuning going to work? Pandora … Read More

GM, iTunes, Alpine, Pioneer, Mercedes-Benz, Pandora

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