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.
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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...

[UPDATE] How To Use Two Devices With Your Pioneer AppRadio Simultaneously [How-To]

UPDATE: We have been informed that for this setup to work, one of the iPhones (in this case, the iPhone 4 which is wired to the AppRadio), should have an inactive SIM card in it.


Technically, you can't connect two smartphones to a Pioneer AppRadio simultaneously. Since Apple introduced its lightning connector, AppRadio users have had to use an HDMI connection to achieve connectivity. The 30-pin connector cannot be used to connect an iPhone 5 or later by using a simple adapter.

Using an Android smartphone and an iPhone simultaneously is also not possible. In an ideal scenario it would have been nice if users could wire two devices to the head unit and use both simultaneously or even be able to switch between the devices with the click of a button. But that can't be done.

One of our readers, however, sent us information on how he makes use of his old 30-pin iPhone 4 and uses it together with his new iPhone 6 when connecting to his AppRadio 3. Read along for more details.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Best Buy Finally Lists The New Pioneer AppRadio 4 As 'Coming Soon'

Best Buy is one of the authorized Pioneer dealers but the new AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120) is still not available for purchase from them. Best Buy's website, however, has finally listed the device as 'Coming Soon.'

The device will be available for shipping as well as in-store purchase. No ETA has been mentioned though.

For those of you looking to pick up a new AppRadio 4, visit Amazon where the authorized Pioneer dealer 'The Sound of Tri-State Inc.' has the device for sale. Supplies don't last long so hurry.

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Firmware Update For Pioneer NEX Receivers Adds iDatalink Maestro Support

Pioneer Electronics has released another firmware update for its NEX receivers today. The latest version 1.08 comes a few days after version 1.06 brought Apple CarPlay to their devices. Today's update, however, adds iDatalink Maestro support and has a few bug fixes.

To perform the update, you need to follow similar instructions as the previous update. The update files for each of the NEX receivers is separate so make sure you get the correct file. You will need a USB flash drive or a microSD card to install the update, depending on your receiver's model number.

Here are full details from Pioneer...

First Pioneer AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120) Firmware Update Now Available

Approximately three weeks after its release, the Pioneer AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120) has received a firmware update from the manufacturer. The latest firmware version 1.07 brings a few fixes to the devices. The update process is similar to that found on Pioneer's NEX receivers.

Full details are below.

Pioneer AppRadio 4 SPH-DA120 Now In Stock At Amazon; Buy Soon [Deals]

After running out of stock for a few days, the new Pioneer AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120) is now back in stock for purchase at Amazon. The device is sold by The Sound of Tri-State Inc., which is one of the authorized Pioneer dealers.

The AppRadio 4 features a 6.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, with Apple CarPlay capability being its biggest selling point. But apart from CarPlay, the head unit offers other robust features like Pioneer's own AppRadio Mode.

If you've been looking for an upgrade to your existing car stereo, the AppRadio 4 is the hottest device on the market at the moment. To purchase from Amazon, click the affiliate link below which shows the latest price. The device ships FREE within the United States.

Stocks run out quickly and at the time of this posting there were only 13 units left in stock. So hurry!