Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Spotify App Still Has Major Issues With Apple CarPlay

Apple announced earlier this year that Spotify would be coming to CarPlay, making it one of the first compatible third-party apps. Pioneer released CarPlay for its NEX receivers and AppRadio 4 on October 1 and users have been able to "field test" the app ever since.

Spotify released an update for its iOS app on October 1 promising CarPlay compatibility. But major issues existed making the service almost unusable within CarPlay. Then, on October 20, another Spotify update was released which once again promised CarPlay compatibility. But nothing much has changed since.

When using Spotify with CarPlay, a variety of problems crop up. Based on feedback from our readers and what Spotify users are saying across different mediums, I have listed the existing issues with the app below...
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Upgrading Your Car's Sound System? Use Pioneer's New FitGuide

Pioneer Electronics has set up an online "FitGuide" which can be used to find the perfect sound system for your car. No matter what car you drive or how old it is, upgrading the head unit or sound system is possible in most cases.

Apple's latest CarPlay technology, for example, can be enjoyed in the vehicle you already own if you have one of Pioneer's NEX receivers or AppRadio 4.

Here's how you can use the FitGuide.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

PRICE DROP: Pioneer AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120) Available On Amazon For $589 [Deals]

The new Pioneer AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120) is available for purchase on Amazon for $589.99. This is the lowest price we have found so far by $10. Most places sell the device at the full retail price of $600.

The Amazon listing is from E&B Electronics. The double-DIN AppRadio 4 is Pioneer's latest device which features Apple CarPlay right out of the box and a 6.2-inch capacitive touchscreen. Click the affiliate link below to be taken to the listing on Amazon...

Monday, October 27, 2014

Apple's Patent Filings Show Possible CarPlay Enhancements And Car Remote

Apple files a lot of patent applications with the United States Patents and Trademarks Office (USPTO) each year and most of them don't see the light of day as consumer products. But every once a while, an interesting patent pops up.

Last Tuesday, the USPTO granted Apple a patent for a car remote-like device that works with CarPlay. More details are below.

Best Buy Now Has The Pioneer AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120) In Stock

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Best Buy now has the Pioneer AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120) available for purchase online. The device is also available for purchase in most Best Buy retail stores.

You can head over to Best Buy's website iconand purchase the new AppRadio 4 which is priced at $599.99. The device ships FREE within one business day. Sales tax is added in most states.

Amazon also has the device for sale with more stock being available. Free shipping is available.

The AppRadio 4 features Apple CarPlay on a 6.2-inch capacitive touchscreen. For full details, visit Pioneer's website.

Friday, October 24, 2014

iHeartRadio App Updated To Add Apple CarPlay Compatibility

Slowly buy surely, the apps that were promised to be Apple CarPlay compatible are being updated. Today, iHeartRadio joined the list.

The update has also added another useful feature.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Not All CarPlay Compatible Apps Have Been Updated For Use Yet

If you visit Apple's CarPlay webpage, you will see a list of eight third-party apps that are believed to be compatible. These are Podcasts, Beats Music, iHeartRadio, MLB At Bat, Spotify, Stitcher, CBS Radio and Rdio. Even though Apple claims these apps will work with CarPlay it isn't the case. 

The apps have to be updated by developers to enable CarPlay compatibility. Out of the eight apps, only three apps are CarPlay compatible at the moment.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

EC Touch For AppRadio Updated With New iOS 8 Keyboard Fix

EC Touch for AppRadio was recently updated with a temporary fix for the crashing issue related to iOS 8. The issue arose when trying to use the keyboard within the app. The previous fix activated the keyboard on the iPhone instead of the head unit, which could be used to input text.

But today, developers have updated the EC Touch app with a permanent fix. A new keyboard system has been added which now allows users to input text from the head unit itself. Details are below.

How To Install Latest Pioneer CD & Digital Media Receiver Firmware Updates [How-To]

Pioneer has released new firmware for its CD and Digital Media receivers today. Installing the updates requires a USB 2.0 flash drive with more than 128MB of free space. The drive has to be formatted in FAT32 and should not contain any other files on it.

To perform the update perform the following steps...

Pioneer Releases Firmware Updates For CD And Digital Media Receivers

Seems like this month has been one of firmware updates for Pioneer Electronics. Following updates to its NEX and AppRadio 4 head units, today they've announced new firmware for CD and Digital Media receivers.

The following models will have to be updated to fix an existing issue...