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Honda to add Pandora to 2012 CR-V

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 11:00am

Honda's Pandora-friendly CR-V dashboardHonda has announced its 2012 CR-V will include Pandora integration. Drivers will need an iPhone to stream Pandora while driving. The 2012 CR-V goes on sale on December 15.

This is the first Internet radio integration from Honda. Pandora says Honda is its 14th automotive partner

Pandora's press release has more information here.

 

New York Times test drives MOG's BMW integration

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 11:00am

MOG's BMW interface"If you know how to tune in a radio station in a BMW," writes the New York Times' Gadgetwise blog, "you can use MOG." Though the music service offers on-demand capabitlies, reviewer Sam Grobart found himself tuning in to MOG's radio streams and playlists more often while driving. 

"MOG’s interactivity with BMW and Mini dashboards is an elegant, simple way to get more music you want to hear in the car. I had a blast hearing songs I hadn’t thought about in years."

You can find the full review here.

Buick to offer Pandora as standard feature in select 2012 models

Monday, 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.

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.

Cadillac to offer Pandora integration in all models by 2012

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 12:00pm

Cadillac's new CUE system, with Pandora playingCadillac's newly-announced CUE dashboard "infotainment" system (Cadillac User Experience) will support Pandora. Users will be able to stream the Internet radio service to their Cadillac dashboard via connected iPhone, Android or BlackBerry devices.

Cadillac will offer CUE with its upcoming XTS and ATS models. All future Cadillac vehicles will support CUE beginning in 2012, according to the automaker.

Pandora has now partnered with 12 automotive companies.

Maccini: iPhone 4S's "Siri" voice-recognition will be ideal for in-car listening

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 12:00pm

Bob MacciniFormer Ando Media CEO Bob Maccini (now a managing director at Angel Street Capital) suggests another great feature of the upcoming Apple iPhone 4S and its implication for Internet radio: the Siri voice-recognition capability, which will allow hands-/eyes-free navigation of listening options.

Maccini writes today, "I envision asking Siri to: 'stream mvyradio.com,' 'skip song,' 'don’t play that artist,' 'pause,' 'raise volume,' 'share this track with my friends.'  The possibilities are endless and the concern over accessing content while driving and navigating through listening options is going to disappear."

Read Bob's blog here. Maccini is managing director at Angel Street Capital, and director at Aritaur Communications. He's former CEO of Ando Media (now part of Triton Digital).

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