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Plenty of web radio-sporting models to be found in Chicago Tribune's "must-see" list for Chicago Auto Show

Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 12:45pm

Toyota's NS4 concept carThe Chicago Tribune's thorough list of "vehicles not to miss" at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show includes quite a few models that support Internet radio.

There's the 2013 Acura ILX, for one, which will be debuted at the auto show and includes in-dash Pandora support. And the 2013 Ford Fusion will include the web radio-friendly SYNC system standard.

The Code 130R and Tru 140S concept cars from Chevy apparently boast built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, while Toyota's NS4 hybrid concept (pictured) includes an in-dash multi-touch screen to control everything from music to A/C.

The Tribune also recommends checking out the 2013 Buick Encore, 2013 Cadillac ATS, 2013 Ford Escape and the Toyota Prius c -- all of which can stream Internet radio in some way. You can find the Tribune's article here.

Chicago Tribune: Cars without CD players will become the norm in coming years

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 11:15am

Pandora in a GM carThis year's CES was flooded with devices and developments for connecting cars to the Internet -- especially Internet radio (find our coverage here). Now Automotive News (and picked up by the Chicago Tribune) reports that new technology is already replacing CD players in cars, and will do so at a greater pace in the next few years.

More than 330,000 cars will be sold without CD players in 2012, according to an analyst for research company Stratacom. He expects that number to grow to 12.1 million by 2018.

"Shedding the CD player is part of a larger trend in automotive infotainment," writes Automotive News. "Content and computing power are migrating to smartphones." The publication points to Pandora and similar webcasters as potential winners of such a trend.

You can find Automotive News' article here. The Chicago Tribune also picked up the story, which you can find here.

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