NYT highlights in-car Internet radio gadgets

Friday, October 14, 2011 - 11:00am

Livio's Car KitIf you want to listen to Internet radio while driving but there isn't exactly room in your budget for a new car, The New York Times has some suggestions.

The first is the Livio Radio Car Kit (pictured), which streams web radio from your mobile device (via Bluetooth) to your car stereo (through an empty FM frequency). You can read more about Livio's Car Kit in RAIN here.

The New York Times also highlights Pioneer's AppRadio. The device features a 6.1-inch touchscreen, which drivers can use to control Pandora and Rdio playback. Engadget recently review the AppRadio (here).

You can find the full New York Times article here.

Engadget: Pandora-friendly Pioneer AppRadio "a peek into the future"

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 11:00am

Pioneer's AppRadio with Rdio playingPioneer's in-dash AppRadio connects with iPhones to stream Pandora and Rdio (RAIN coverage here). Engadget recently reviewed the $400 device, finding the Net radio options to be seamless and slick.

But the device itself offers some annoyances. Navigating through the music apps on the AppRadio's touchscreen is "a relative pain" while driving, writes Engadget. Plus there are some annoying bugs and quirks, like not being able to listen to the radio and use the AppRadio's navigation features at the same time.

Overall, Engadget writes the AppRadio is like "peeking into the future": lots of potential, but currently too many first-generation bugs for mainstream drivers. You can find the full review here.

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