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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Latest EC Touch For AppRadio Update Fixes Most Existing Issues

Earlier today I posted an initial review of EC Touch for AppRadio outlining some issues that existed with the previous version of the app. There was an update put out by the developers after I had finished my review.

I have installed the latest update and can report that it fixes most of the issues mentioned in the review. I can fully recommend the app for download and use with your AppRadio now.

Here is a list of issues mentioned in the review and information about the fixes in the update.


1. SoundCloud: Even though the app promises SoundCloud integration the function doesn't work. The app crashes each time you try to link your SoundCloud account. SoundCloud is a free social music streaming service. It also provides the ability to upload your own sound mixes (paid service).

In a service message the developers of EC Touch have mentioned that they are aware of the issues with SoundCloud and an app update to fix the issue has already been submitted to Apple for approval. Update should be available shortly.

FIX: SoundCloud now works with EC Touch. You can play music straight from within the EC Touch app itself. All you need to do is log in to your SoundCloud account and you're good to go. Sound quality was very good too.

2. iPod: In the new version iPod functionality doesn't work either. The app crashes when you click the iPod icon. If you have music already playing from the Music app then you can play it from the app. The album art shows up and you can skip tracks, pause and play without issues. But clicking the iPod icon in the Menu will still make the app crash.

FIX: This issue has been fixed too. You can now select songs from playlists, artists, albums etc. right from the EC Touch app. Album artwork shows up too.

3. Maps: Maps for navigation also doesn't work yet. The app crashes when trying to access Maps. App description suggests it uses Google Maps for this function. The old version of EC Touch was launched when Apple used Google Maps as it's default Maps app. Maybe the inclusion of Apple's own Maps app is causing this issue. Hopefully this function will work at some point.

FIX: The app doesn't crash anymore and launches what looks like a Google Map. You can search for POI's or addresses from here. Navigation is not possible though. The app doesn't use Apple Maps.

4. Waze/INRIX Traffic: Although EC Touch has Waze and INRIX Traffic icons in the menu these services don't launch on clicking these icons. This integration may not have been completed yet. If either one of these apps get integrated and full functionality it will make EC Touch much more versatile.

FIX: Waze and INRIX Traffic both work now. You need to have both apps installed on your phone. Clicking either one within EC Touch automatically launches the respective app with a pop-up message warning you of this. The pop-up disappears when the respective app gets launched.

5. In-App Purchases: Special packages have to be purchased as a one-time purchase (as in the previous version of EC Touch) to add functionality to the app. If no packages are purchased you get a 1-hour try&buy where you can use all functions (except TuneIn) of the app for an hour for free.

TuneIn Level package adds TuneIn functionality and has increased in price from $3.99 to $4.99.

Entry Level package gives you iPod Video functionality, enables search and routing in Maps and enables Address Book. This has been increased in price from $1.99 to $2.99.

Advanced Level package (the one I have) adds Facebook integration along with the features of the Entry Level package. This package has also been increased in price from $2.99 to $5.99. Since I had it purchased before I just had to restore my purchase and didn't have to pay the difference in price.

Twitter Integration is a separate purchase for $1.99.

All individual services can be purchased a la carte too. Pricing is below.

Place Service for Google Places $0.99
Address Book Service $0.99
Facebook Service $1.99
iPod Video Service $0.99
YouTube Service $2.99
SoundCloud Service $1.99

These services basically allow you to control functions directly from the AppRadio screen.

Fix: There was no bug fix needed here. You still need to purchase additional packages to make use of those features.

6. iPod Video Icons: If you have videos stored on your iPhone they show up as blank icons without filenames. This makes it hard to navigate through them and trying to find the one you want to play can take a while.

FIX: Titles and Album Art still does not work. No other issues found.

Download: You can get the latest version 3.0.1 of EC Touch for AppRadio from the App Store today.


  1. Good Stuff, I think I get into the AppRadio hobby at a good time. (waited for the AR3) The innovation is non-stop. I'm very impressed with EC Touch. I thought it was total garbage when I didn't even understand what it was the first time I tinkered with every app. I'm glad I gave it another shot and learned what it's all about. They got my money, I bought the full upgrade.

  2. The app its working fine, but i rather prefer that the car brand logos where in color instead of Black and White.
    Can you change this please?

  3. i had to get used to it... but it seems like it is more snappyer even with the iphone 5 bluetooth connection.. but 2 questions.. how can it be that no one is allowing to run apple´s navgation in the maps app? i know that you can se the map, but why not open up for full navigation ?? and second.. please update the Chevrolet logo to the newest insted of the old ;-) but cool update anyway.. :-D

  4. For one thing Apple probably hasn't allowed any other apps to take advantage of Maps. Especially sense they are trying to improve it beyond the poor state it was at on release. Second the audio from the Maps app wont output to anything other then the phones speaker so no one is going to support it until Apple changes the audio output limitation.

  5. Does the control steering wheel buttons work with this EC Touch ?

  6. Can anybody actually explain to me how I can get this app to work? I've installed it, yet when I touch the 'facebook' or 'twitter' icons, it tells me to 'Activate Facebook take your iPhone and go into the store'.

    Am I missing something here??


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