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Toyota makes touchscreen in-dash entertainment system standard across Scion line

Friday, August 16, 2013 - 12:15pm

Toyota will offer a touchscreen in-dash audio entertainment system standard across its entire Scion line, making it the first carmaker to do so.

The standard Scion set-up includes a 6.1-inch touchscreen, HD Radio, CD player, and an auxiliary input to feed audio from a mobile device. Throw in an extra twelve-hundred bucks, and you get the Scion BeSpoke Premium Audio system, powered by Harman’s Aha Radio dashboard platform with access to 30-thousand free streaming radio stations (including AccuRadio).

Read Inside Radio's coverage here, or AutoBlog here.

Agogo app creates customized audio stream, including music, from online sources

Friday, August 9, 2013 - 1:00pm

A new online audio "aggregation" service called Agogo is designed to collect music and spoken word content to generate a custom feed, and specially for use in the car.

Agogo launched Wednesday via its free app for Apple mobile devices, CNet reports. With it, a listener can connect to a Spotify or Rdio account for music, and "interconnect" with NPR content, local traffic reports (from Clear Channel), text-to-speech news articles, book excerpts (from Simon & Scuster), and even audio from online television programming. A Stitcher of sorts, but with music content.

Founder J.D. Heilprin told CNet, "Awesome audio programming is bountiful, but today it is trapped inside content silos and spread across apps. We built Agogo to radically improve the audio experience for people on the go."

Read more in CNet here.

Connected Car experts say the future is mobile apps embedded directly in dashboard

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 9:15am

The future of radio in the car is the "embeddable app."

That's reporting from Mashable on a panel yesterday at the Connected Car conference in New York.

Apps that reside inside the car's dashboard (as opposed to being run and connected to the network via a tethered smartphone) to control mobile content will help keep drivers' eyes off of their smartphones. But they'll "need to look like AM and FM radio to drivers," said Chia-Lin Simmons, VP of marketing and content for Aha Radio.

TuneIn VP Carl Rohling sees embedded Net radio apps as the standard in a few years, reports Inside Radio. But the new technology needs standardization.

Auto analyst Roger Lanctot, speaking at the conference yesterday, said, "There is a groundswell of innovation - so you're getting a proliferation of audio apps - but increasingly the challenge facing the industry is how to manage all this content."

Read Mashable here and subscribe to Inside Radio here.

Streaming services provider and app-maker Securenet adds Livio API for easy in-car smartphone connection

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 11:25am

Radio streaming services provider Securenet Systems announced it has integrated Livio Connect's "smartphone-to-dashboard" solution into its mobile streaming app platform. Securenet Systems provides third-party apps for Internet radio, with more than two-thousand listener apps on the Android and iOS platforms.

Senior Managing Director for Securenet Systems Kerry Brewer said, "With Livio, we simply add the Livio Connect API to an app, upload the code library, and once enabled, any one of our apps will now work with car dashboard buttons or listener device commands."

Read more on Livio Connect in RAIN here. Securenet's press release is here.

Meet three of the connected car professionals speaking at RAIN Summit in Vegas

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 12:10pm

Following this year's Consumer Electronics Show (see our January 8 issue "A flurry of new deals from CES will make Net radio more accessible in the car" here), the hottest topic in Internet radio is the connected automobile. Webcasting is about to cross an incredibly important chasm of connectivity, and establish itself as a major source of consumer audio with the aim of becoming as ubiquitous and easy-to-use as AM/FM in the car. Three of the professionals leading the way will join us for our "Dashboard Discussions" panel at RAIN Summit West in Las Vegas in April.

What should your strategy be for optimizing the automotive opportunity? Here are the experts who will steer you in the right direction:

Hakan Kostepen (pictured right) is Director of Product Planning, Strategy & Innovation at Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America. He's part of the leadership behind the company's in-car integration and development of all Panasonic Company technologies and products to optimize the "in-car user experience."

Hakan, who's appearing at a RAIN Summit for the first time, was responsible for "industry first" Jaguar S-Type Voice Recognition Infotainment System.  

Roger Lanctot (left) is Associate Director in the Global Automotive Practice with tech-focused research and consulting firm Strategy Analytics.

Roger has 25 years experience in the technology industry as an analyst, journalist, and consultant. Roger has conducted and participated in major industry studies, created new research products and services, and advised clients on strategy and competitive issues throughout his career. His experience also includes five years at Telematics Research Group.

Like Roger, Carl Rohling (bottom right) is a RAIN Summit veteran. He's VP/Sales & Business Development with TuneIn Radio.

TuneIn software is integrated into the MINI Connected system, making it the first car to enable drivers to tune to Internet radio via the car's dashboard and steering wheel controls. TuneIn also works with the Dension Internet Radio Stick and Livio's USB/Bluetooth system for in-car connectivity.

Carl's background is in legal and business, with managerial experience in digital media and consumer electronics. He's led business development at digital audio software firms Passalong and Creative.

RAIN Summit West is Sunday, April 7 in Las Vegas. The annual full-day Internet radio conference is a co-located education program of the NAB Show. Now in its 12th year, the Summit focuses on the intersection of radio and the Internet. Keynoting the even will be RAB president and CEO Erica Farber (more in RAIN here) and Rhapsody International president Jon Irwin (more here). Register today (then you can get a jump-start on your travel plans!) via the RAIN Summit West page.

Roles for both traditional radio and new tech in ReadWriteWeb's view of radio in the future

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 12:05pm

The ReadWriteWeb blog counts podcast aggregator Stitcher, plus Pandora, Clear Channel, Spotify, and NPR "five companies that will define the future of radio."

It's through efforts like partnerships with automakers, battling for royalty reform, a third party app platform (Spotify), cross-platform availability, and APIs for other products that ReadWrite says will prove to be part of the formula for these companies' success.

"Under-the radar" upstarts like Shuffler.fm, the Hype Machine, SoundCloud, and The Echo Nest get "honorable mention" nods.

Read the blog here.

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