RAIN 10/17: SiriusXM unveils new 2.0 service

Michael Schmitt
October 17, 2011 - 11:10am

SiriusXM's new 2.0 radio, EdgeSiriusXM today officially announced their new 2.0 service. The upgrade includes 20 new channels -- 12 of which make up the new SiriusXM Latino section -- and pause/rewind capabilities.

There's no word in SiriusXM's announcement about the personalization features CEO Mel Karmazin teased nearly a year ago (RAIN coverage here). However, the company promises that "additional programming and expanded listener capabilities will be announced in coming months."

The new 2.0 services are available through SiriusXM's Internet radio apps and on the new SiriusXM Edge (pictured) -- a dockable $140 device with a color screen. Edge allows users to pause and rewind up to 30 minutes. Find it at Sirius XM's store here.

Note that this isn't the Lynx, the 2.0 SiriusXM radio "outed" by the FCC (more here). That device includes a touchscreen, Wi-Fi connectivity and looks significantly different (according to a picture leaked by Best Buy over the weekend, more here). Lynx also apparently runs on Android.

You can find SiriusXM's press release about 2.0 here and more details about the 20 new channels here.

Michael Schmitt
October 17, 2011 - 11:10am

Buick's Pandora dashboard integrationGM and Buick announced Pandora dashboard integration back in April (RAIN coverage here). Now Buick says it will offer Pandora as a standard feature in 2012 Verano, Regal and LaCrosse vehicles and all 2013 models.

Buick's dashboard app-friendly system -- dubbed IntelliLink -- connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth or USB. The driver then controls Pandora playback through voice commands, steering wheel buttons or with a dashboard-mounted touchscreen (pictured).

You can find Pandora's press release here.

Michael Schmitt
October 17, 2011 - 11:10am

iHeartRadioClear Channel has added yet more third-party content to its iHeartRadio platform, this time from New York public radio station WNYC.

Clear Channel added Univision's stations to iHeartRadio in September (RAIN coverage here) and EMF's K-Love and Air1 networks arrived on the platform today (more here).

Michael Schmitt
October 17, 2011 - 11:10am

Simon Fleming-WoodPandora has named Simon Fleming-Wood as the company's first Chief Marketing Officer. Fleming-Wood previously served as the founding VP of Marketing at Pure Digital Technologies -- the makers of the iconic Flip Video brand. He later became VP of Marketing for the Cisco Consumer Products group after Cisco acquired Pure Digital Technologies.

You can read more from Pandora's press release here.

Michael Schmitt
October 17, 2011 - 11:10am

jacAPPSNearly three years "to the day" since Jacbos Media announced the creation of jacAPPS, the company has released its 500th mobile app. JacAPPS creates mobile apps for radio stations, festivals, events and sports brands. They've created apps for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry devices.

"We see nothing but growth and expansion ahead," said jacAPPS president Fred Jacobs. Find out more about jacAPPS here.