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Internet Radio and Automotive Integration


If you haven’t heard, many of the world’s leading car manufacturers are planning to incorporate cloud-based music streaming services directly into their vehicles…talk about CDs being dead. Imagine having Spotify or Pandora built into your head unit, and having unlimited access to it in your vehicle? This is where things are headed.

Surprisingly, the United States is the current market leader for this type of technological integration, with Europe being second and China being third. Ford, Scion, Hyundai, Buick, BMW, Lincoln, Chevrolet, and Mercedes-Benz all currently offer music applications in their vehicles. We would like to take this opportunity to highlight a company whose product has infiltrated the scene as the standout choice for this new type of product service – Pandora.

Pandora went public a few months ago as you all know, and it was blessed with a quick spike around noon of it’s first day on the market, only to fall well below its opening price to settle at 12. We have found some interesting information about this company in an article posted on 4-traders.com:

“Pandora makes its service available through a variety of distribution channels. In addition to streaming its service to PCs, Pandora has developed applications for smartphones and has partnered with the makers of more than 200 consumer electronics devices, including Alpine, Panasonic, Pioneer, Samsung and Sony.

Pandora also has developed relationships with major automobile manufacturers—including Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Mini—and with suppliers to major automobile manufacturers in order to integrate the service into current and future automotive sound systems. Furthermore, General Motors, Hyundai and Toyota have announced plans for future Pandora integrations.”

This poses to be a good way for Pandora to pay back it’s debt, as many people have written it off as a smart and revolutionary way to interact with music media, that will eventually bankrupt itself because of the unprofitable business model that it is based on. Only time will tell. Personally, we would prefer Spotify to take over the app-cloud based music software integration in these vehicles with complete syncing capabilities between your tablet, or smartphone. $9.99 per month for unlimited access to 14 million songs?

 

That would be nuts…For the record, this is a PERFECT example of MUSIONology.

Stay tuned.

Audi, a leader in #Tech integration. #NoBMW #NoMercedes


We love Audis. If we had a fleet of company cars – they would be Audis. Truthfully, german cars are superior and if you haven’t driven one, go test drive one. You might think all luxury cars are the same, and I’m sure you’ve heard that Japanese vehicles are dominate…perhaps they are in certain categories. But truthfully, you can’t compare a LUXURY car to a RACE car with luxury features. There are many things that can be compared – engines, leather (yes, all leather is not created equal), steering, etc. Interestingly, the most surprising technical innovation we’ve discovered by any car maker happened to be introduced by #Audi, and includes a collaboration with #Google. Let us explain…

Audi has a ridiculously souped up system called MMI – multi media interface – navigation. Beginning with the 2012 A7 model, this navigation system will include #Google Earth support with 3D imaging, Additionally, it will include #SiruiusXM traffic integration which will display traffic patterns on the 3D images…crickets…BMW and Mercedes? You can also do voice searches of #Google’s search engine through the integrated microphone system, and can send and receive saved destinations from the web browser on your internet devices.

Next, you can get news streamed right to the screen because it doubles as a browser…yes, a browser. Weather updates, travel information such as landmarks and restaurants, in addition to live updates for gas prices! You can find the station closest to your location, or you can find the cheapest gas and enjoy the leisure ride toward saving some money on that premium gas – if there is such a thing.

Without question, the best part of this new system  is the WiFi Hotspot. Unbelievable, in a  partnership with T-Mobile, your #Audi can be  outfitted with WiFi to power your laptop, tablet,  iPod touch, etc. Unfortunately, T-Mobile’s network  is not truly 4G, as the speeds don’t qualify it.  Supposedly the agreement will last a minimum of 8  years which is less than ideal if you are a true LTE  fan *cough cough* #Verizon. Maybe down the    road #Audi will make that switch. Well readers,      until next time…

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