RAIN 9/27: Toyota's in-car Internet radio platform arriving in 2012 models

Michael Schmitt
September 27, 2011 - 11:00am

Toyota's Entune system, with Pandora and iHeartRadio picturedToyota's Entune in-car Internet radio system will be offered with the 2012 Tacoma, Camry and Prius V. The announcement marks yet another major car manufacturer bringing web radio to consumers' dashboards. Toyota is promoting its Entune system, along with the new Prius V, on a nationwide tour that runs though December.

"At launch, [Entune] will include more apps than other automakers' systems," writes CNet (here). The system supports Pandora and iHeartRadio -- along with various other apps -- via a Bluetooth-connected iPhone, Android or BlackBerry device. Toyota says (here) the system will also support general Bluetooth streaming (presumably allowing users to listen to any Net radio app through a Bluetooth-ready mobile device), USB connectivity, satellite and HD radio.

Like Ford's Sync system (which supports also Pandora and iHeartRadio), drivers will be able to control playback with voice commands. Otherwise, the system uses an in-dash touchscreen display. Engadget reported earlier this year (here) that Entune will be free for the at least the first three years (the cost will reportedly be "included with the factory navigation option," at least in the Prius V). 

Toyota debuted Entune in January during CES (RAIN coverage here). It then won CNET's "Best of CES" and Popular Mechanics "Editor's Choice" awards.

Ford, BMW, Mini, Mercedes, GM, Smart and other car-makers also offer in-car web radio features. You can find our in-car Internet radio round-up here.

Michael Schmitt
September 27, 2011 - 11:00am

ClickHop.com powered by Listener Driven RadioOasis Radio Group has launched an FM station in Ft. Wayne completely controlled by online users. Dubbed ClickHop.com, the hip-hop station is powered by Listener Driven Radio and lets web users vote for what music should be played on-air at 106.3 FM.

"With one click, our users decide what song plays next, what stories and videos matter the most, and what contest is going to be held on-air and online," said Oasis Radio Group GM/Director of Programming Phil Becker. Find ClickHop.com online here.

Michael Schmitt
September 27, 2011 - 11:00am

iHeartRadioClear Channel and Univision have partnered to bring Univision Radio streams to the iHeartRadio platform. This makes Univision iHeartRadio's first third-party distribution partner, said Univision Radio president Jose Valle. Univision's AM and FM stations will arrive on iHeartRadio later this year. You can find the companies' press release here.

Michael Schmitt
September 27, 2011 - 11:00am

NewsTalkFlorida.com is a new website from Genesis Communications offering streams from Tampa's "Talk 1470" WMGG, "News 820" WWBA and Melbourne's "News Talk AM 1060" WIXC. The site also offers news and weather updates. Radio-Info's Tom Taylor has more in today's newsletter here.