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Saturday, March 31, 2012

StreamS HiFi Radio Update Version 5.1.4 Now Available

StreamS HiFi Radio for iOS was updated to version 5.1.4 yesterday. The update doesn't add any new features, just a few bug fixes. StreamS is an internet radio streaming app from Modulation Index with worldwide stations and is AppRadio compatible. You can download the latest update from the App Store today.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Extra Mile Update With Traffic Camera Support Now Available [Screenshots]

Extra Mile update with Traffic Camera support now available
As reported earlier, Extra Mile, the trip logging app with voice navigation, has been updated to support traffic cameras. The update, version 4.6, adds a couple of other tweaks and improvements. Here's a list of what's new and a few thoughts (and screenshots) below:

Best Buy's AppRadio Stock Sold Out?

AppRadio sold out at BestBuy? 
Just last week we reported BestBuy's amazing deal on Pioneer's first generation AppRadio. The device was priced at $199, which is the lowest it has ever been. But today, the deal is over and AppRadio doesn't even show up on the retailer's website.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Rdio Coming To The UK And Rest Of Europe Soon

Rdio is coming to Europe 
The music streaming app Rdio, which is also AppRadio compatible, is coming to all European countries in a few months. The paid subscription service is trying to compete with other such services like Spotify but for AppRadio users this is the only such option because Spotify and the others are not AppRadio compatible. Rdio is already available in the United States, Canada, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Australia, New Zealand and Denmark.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I Still Love MIXTRAX But...

Pioneer's MIXTRAX is a pretty good virtual DJ
I have written about how awesome Pioneer's MIXTRAX app for the iPhone is. It is a virtual DJ that does a fine job with the music in your 'Music' app. Everything is done on the fly, there are great transitions between songs and the genius-like mixes are quite spot on. But I have one major gripe with it.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

How To: Play Videos On AppRadio [Video]

Playing videos on AppRadio from your iPhone/iPod Touch
For those of you who don't know how to get your videos to show up on the AppRadio screen here is a little how-to video. Many of you have written asking how to get this thing working. It is really quite simple as you will see from the video below.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Here's A Couple Of Demo Videos Of Pioneer's Newest Car Stereos

Pioneer's AVH-P8400BH is on sale now (Photo courtesy: Pioneer Electronics, USA)
A couple of channels on YouTube have updated the first user videos of Pioneer's two 2012 line car stereos. Both the videos are demoed by car stereo shops in California. As reported earlier, these models have gone on sale last week as we await the launch of AppRadio 2. The models showcased below are the AVH-P8400BH and AVIC-Z140BH. Take a look below.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Advanced App Mode Supported Receivers Now Available For Purchase

Pioneer's AVIC-Z140BH supports advanced app mode and is now available for purchase
With the exception of AppRadio 2, all the other CES 2012-promised Advanced App Mode supported receivers are now available for purchase from Pioneer Electronics. A trip over to Pioneer's website reveals the following models to have a "Buy Now" button on their description pages:

INRIX Looking For Beta Testers For Next Version Of INRIX Traffic

INRIX Traffic needs beta testers
We've been informed that INRIX Inc. (, the developers of the popular app INRIX Traffic, is looking for users that are willing to test a beta version of their upcoming app. Here is the email from Kevin Foreman, Vice President of Mobile Apps at INRIX, which has the necessary contact information:

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Pioneer's CarMediaPlayer App Looks To End iPod Control Woes On AppRadio

CarMediaPlayer is the latest AppRadio compatible app
Ever since AppRadio was launched one issue has continued to plague it. The stock iPod app interface is quite terrible on it. There is no swipe or drag to scroll. There are these annoying arrows that have to be clicked to navigate through song lists or menus. Almost everyone's been screaming for an improved interface since June of last year. Pioneer seems to have finally listened to the gripes and provided a solution.

Now, it's not exactly what you think. There is no firmware update to fix the interface. Instead there is CarMediaPlayer (YouTube video and more screenshots below); a new app from Pioneer Corporation itself. Read on to find out what it's all about.

AppRadioWorld Now Has A YouTube Channel

Yes. We now have a YouTube channel. You'll find demo videos, illustrations, bug fixes, quick tips and much more over there. Here's the link:

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Feds Looking To Alter The Car Entertainment Universe

Fixed maps coming to GPS systems soon?
Just recently, the National Highway Transportation Safety Agency (NHTSA) has given automakers guidelines on how to reduce distractions while driving. The very technical document includes suggestions for in-car entertainment systems including GPS devices. What it all basically means is that car entertainment and navigation systems may be quite different a few years from now.

Friday, March 23, 2012

AppRadio On Sale At Best Buy For $199

Pioneer's first generation AppRadio has gone on sale at Best Buy for only $199. I haven't seen it at such a low price at a major retailer before. So if you're in the market for it, it's a great price. You can purchase it by clicking this link.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Next Extra Mile Version To Have Traffic Camera Support [Screenshots]

Extra Mile is adding traffic camera support soon
Extra Mile is a very nice trip logging app with complete turn-by-turn voice navigation for the iPhone which is AppRadio compatible. Its simple clutter-free interface makes it one of my favorite apps to use while driving. And now it's about to get even better (EXCLUSIVE SCREENSHOTS BELOW).

Monday, March 19, 2012

Navfree GPS Live USA Update Available

There is an update available for Navfree GPS Live USA, the latest AppRadio compatible navigation app. This update includes the following:

- House number search
- Updated Maps
- Bug fixes

Download the latest version from the App Store today.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Check Out These Navfree GPS Live USA AppRadio Screenshots

The Menu screen has good looking icons

Here's what Navfree GPS Live USA looks like on the AppRadio. What do you think? (More shots after the page break)

Also, don't forget to check out this earlier post about Navfree GPS Live USA.

AppRadio's New Stock Wallpapers [Screenshots]

The latest AppRadio app update has added two new wallpapers to the AppRadio. There is a darker starry night version and a lighter orangey-brown. The older 'dark' and 'light' ones are still available. Here's what the new ones look like...

Friday, March 16, 2012

AppRadio App Gets Updated In Anticipation Of New Hardware

The revamped AppRadio app is here
As expected and reported earlier, Pioneer has updated its AppRadio app for the iPhone/iPod. The new app, version 1.5, has a completely overhauled icon and interface. Screenshots are below.

Pandora Radio App Update Available

Pandora Radio update available in the App Store
An updated version of the popular music streaming app, Pandora Radio, is now available in the iOS App Store. The new version 3.1.21 includes the following improvements:

Thursday, March 15, 2012

AppRadio 2 User Video Surfaces


YouTube channel MKLDenmark has uploaded a video showing, what looks like, an AppRadio 2 in his car. The video was uploaded a few hours ago. Has the AppRadio 2 launched in Europe already?

I cannot confirm the answer to that question but if anyone can, please do so in the comments section below. Thanks.

March 15 Has Come And Gone, Still No AppRadio 2

When is AppRadio 2 coming?
The rumored March 15, 2012 launch date for AppRadio 2 has come and gone. But there is still no sign of AppRadio 2 in the US. However, Pioneer has beefed up information about AppRadio 2 on it's YouTube channel over the last week suggesting an impending release date.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

(UPDATE) Navfree GPS Live USA Could Be The Next AppRadio Compatible App

Navfree GPS Live USA may become AppRadio compatible soon
(03/14/2012) Update at bottom of page...

Here comes another GPS app that is AppRadio compatible. Well, almost. Although not compatible yet, a recent video post on YouTube from Pioneer suggests the little-known navigation app, Navfree GPS Live USA could be on the verge of AppRadio compatibility. The app is free in the App Store. I've downloaded the app but haven't used it yet.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Question: Which Phones Have An MHL Port That Will Work With AppRadio 2?

Anonymous asked:
"I've read that AppRadio 2 will work with Android phones that have an MHL or Mobile High-Definition Link port. Do you know which phones currently have this port? Thanks."

Is AppRadio 2 Coming On March 15, 2012? (Rumor)

The rumor mill is churning! Unconfirmed sources suggest AppRadio 2 will be made available for purchase on March 15, 2012. Pioneer's website, however, still mentions a release of Spring 2012. The first day of Spring is March 20, 2012. So the March 15 date looks iffy at this point. Some online vendors have been allowing preorders of the device for quite a while now. But no shipping date is mentioned. Pioneer's YouTube postings have suggested an impending release date but we'll have to wait and see what happens. Stay tuned!

How To Connect Your Android Phone To AppRadio 2

Pioneer Electronics continues to upload videos demonstrating AppRadio 2 on its YouTube channel. The latest being 'How to connect an Android' to AppRadio 2. The video also reconfirms that the Android Connection Kit CD-AH200C will be sold separately.

AppRadio App Getting An Overhaul Soon

AppRadio App getting revamped
Pioneer Electronics still hasn't officially announced a release date for their second generation installment, AppRadio 2. However, over the last few days, the company's YouTube account has seen quite a few videos uploaded which showcase AppRadio, AppRadio 2 and their other lines of car stereos for this year. Yesterday, they uploaded another video demonstrating how to connect your iPhone to AppRadio 2. All these signs suggest an impending release date for the device.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

CONFIRMED: Android Connection Kit Will Be A Separate Purchase (AppRadio 2 News)

Android Connection Kit will be sold separately

I was going through the online installation manual of AppRadio 2 earlier and stumbled across the above page. In the manual it clearly states that the App Connectivity Kit (CD-AH200C) will be separately sold. The kit is also listed as the Android Connection Kit on Pioneer's website.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Extra Mile Update Fixes GoTo View For AppRadio

Extra Mile version 4.5.1 now available
If you've been using Extra Mile with AppRadio you may have noticed an UI display issue with one of the navigation functions. Clicking the 'Navigation' tab in the app brings up the map with a few icons at the bottom. One of those is 'GoTo' which can be used to input the starting and destination points in your trip. The input page interface was stretched out and looked ugly. No such issues were seen on the iPhone though. This was clearly an AppRadio UI issue.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Pioneer Electronics Showcases AppRadio And AppRadio 2 In New Video


Pioneer Electronics has just uploaded the above video showcasing AppRadio and AppRadio 2. From the video it is clear that the second generation installment of the device has improved performance and graphics. Not just the larger 7-inch screen.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Android Connection Kit For AppRadio 2

Pioneer Electronics has now listed the Android Connection Kit for AppRadio 2 (CD-AH200C) on its website. Could this mean an impending AppRadio 2 release? Maybe the first day of Spring which is a mere two weeks away. The kit can't be purchased yet though and no price has been mentioned. Since it has been listed separately, I'm guessing it won't be included with AppRadio 2. It will probably be an additional purchase.

Here is the kit description from Pioneer's website:

Sunday, March 4, 2012

AUPEO! Update Adds BMW Apps Integration

AUPEO! Personal Radio Version 2.68 Now Available
Today's AUPEO! Personal Radio update version 2.68 has added 'BMW Apps' compatibility. This is from the app update description:

Will Apple Leave AppRadio Way Behind In Years?

Is seamless iOS integration in the car coming from Apple?
It seems like Apple is preparing to dabble into the world of dashboards. Earlier this week the auto blog Jalopnik reported Apple seeking out to employ an expert in auto engineering. Realistically, if anyone, Apple is well equipped to forage into this field and come up with a revolutionary "iDash" or the equivalent. And knowing Apple and their revolutionary ways it isn't far fetched to believe they could change the way we stay connected in the car.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Here's The BestParking AppRadio Interface (Screenshots)

The BestParking AppRadio Interface
For those of you who have written in to ask what the UI for the latest AppRadio compatible app, BestParking, looks like, here are some screenshots as promised (after the page break).