Pandora's Trimble says profitability "doable," Conrad discusses 1,000+ Pandora iterations, at CES

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 12:25pm

Pandora's CTO Tom Conrad and CRO John Trimble both took time at last week's CES to talk to media: Watch TechCrunch's interview with Conrad here and read AdAge's interview with Trimble here.

Conrad discussed the different development approaches for the now 1,000+ different interations of Pandora on desktops, mobile devices, consumer electronics devices, and automobiles. Trimble told AdAge that profitability is "doable" for Pandora, and so far the webcaster has focused more on building audience. He revealed that mobile advertising brings Pandora about $100 million a year, from 67 million monthly users -- now 55% of Pandora's revenue.

The webcaster announced at CES (see our coverage here) that its service is now integrated into Chrysler's new "Uconnect Access" in-dash system, making it Pandora's 20th U.S. automotive partner (including carmakers and after-market manufacturers). More than 85 different car models now are Pandora-capable.

New 'Uconnect' system brings Pandora, iHeartRadio, Aha, and Slacker to Chryslers

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 12:10pm

There's more from this week's CES in Las Vegas involving in-car Internet radio access. Leading webcaster Pandora announced its app has been integrated into Chrysler's new "Uconnect Access via Mobile" system for in-car listening. The automaker is now Pandora's 20th automotive brand partner in the U.S. Add to that seven aftermarket manufacturers that now offer in-dash Pandora access.

"In addition to over 175 aftermarket devices, there are now more than 85 different car models that include Pandora with more scheduled to become available throughout 2013," Pandora announced. Perhaps even more impressive: the service is now accessible via more than 1,000 non-PC devices (including cars, automotive aftermarket devices, and consumer electronic devices).

Chrysler also added "Uconnect" access to webcaster Slacker Radio, web content aggregator for mobile Aha, and Clear Channel's digital platform iHeartRadio.

(Clear Channel concurrently announced iHeartRadio will also expand their auto integrations to select 2014 GM infotainment systems. The app is already available in Ford, Toyota and Lexus models.) 

Clear Channel also unveiled "iHeartAuto," a new made-for-driving radio app to allow seamless and satandardized access to the iHeartRadio, with support for select aftermarket auto entertainment products. For the launch it partnered with Clarion Smart Access cloud server products, Pioneer’s AppRadio platform of products, and a Kenwood connected receiver. The new app includes a new developer protocol that gives device manufacturers a standardized way to connect to iHeartRadio.

The image is from MotorTrend. You can read their coverage here.

Sprint to provide wireless connectivity for Chrysler in-car Uconnect service

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 1:30pm

Chrysler UconnectChrysler has announced its in-car connectivity service Uconnect will use Sprint's network. That means the car can connect to the web and perform certain functions without the aid of a smartphone -- including offering a Wi-Fi hotspot to other devices (streaming web radio is not specifically mentioned in the companies' press release).

That said, Chrsyler points out its in-car system will play nice with users' smartphones and offer voice controls (to help the driver pay attention to, you know, driving).

Sprint-powered Uconnect will initially be available in the 2013 RAM 1500, SRT Viper and Dodge Dart R/T models. Engadget has more coverage here.

Chrysler to offer in-car wireless smartphone charging

Friday, April 13, 2012 - 11:55am

Chrysler's wireless chargingAutomaker Chrysler will offer the ability to wirelessly charge mobile devices in its 2013 Dodge Dart. Drivers will place their iPhone, BlackBerry, Android or other mobile device on a charging grid just below the center stack. The device -- if it has the required case -- will then charge, no wires required.

Smartphones already can stream Internet radio and other audio wirelessly in cars via Bluetooth. Looks like drivers will soon be able to leave one more cable at home too.

Boy Genius Report has more coverage here.

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