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Long Beach, Calif. — Pioneer has begun offering a $120 mail-in rebate with the purchase a $499-suggested AppRadio 2 in-dash head unit from any authorized Pioneer retailer through April 30.
AppRadio2, which features a 7-inch touchscreen, enables head-unit access to such core iPhone features as contacts, calendar and stored music as well as head-unit control of select compatible third-party iPhone apps, including navigation. AppRadio 2 offers similar functionality for 27 connected Android smartphones.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Chicago — Autosound supplier Maxxsonics has replaced its BRZ series of Hifonics-brand mono amplifiers with a new Brutus BRX series that has been expanded to include multichannel models as well as mono models.
The nine new Hifonics BRX models are shipping.
South Daytona, Fla. — SBN Expo Group is gearing up for the 27th installment of the annual Spring Break Nationals.
Exhibitors will use the event show off their latest products to consumers and dealers, sound-off judges will rate consumers’ sound systems, and dealers will hunt for show specials and sit down for training sessions.
New York – The MirrorLink capabilities of select aftermarket in-dash multimedia head units from JVC and Sony can now be used with a pair of widely popular Android smartphones, Samsung’s Galaxy SIII and Galaxy Note II.
Samsung launched its DriveLink app for the two smartphones, enabling control of the phones’ core functions from touchscreen-equipped in-dash aftermarket and OEM head units.
Columbia, Md. — Consumers will be turning on HD Radio in more OEM sound systems from more automakers in the coming year, based on introductions at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, said HD Radio developer iBiquity Digital.
Las Vegas – Rockford Fosgate is stepping up efforts to promote car-audio awareness among the nation’s youth through a demo-vehicle program that puts a tricked-out compact panel van in the hands of the company’s independent reps.
“Twelve- to 18-year-olds are not aware of car audio,” said Theresa Hephner, senior director of products and marketing for parent Rockford Corp. Other aftermarket car audio companies do not offer demo-vehicle programs to their reps to promote their vans, she noted.
LAS VEGAS — Sony is expanding its selection of CD receivers that use USB-connected iPhones and Bluetooth-connected Android phones as touchscreen remotes and supplementary head-unit displays that can be mounted on top of a dashboard via suction cup.
The technology, called App Remote, also expands head-unit control of a connected smartphone’s music-playback functions and enables head units to launch smartphone apps of any type.
Las Vegas – Harman is expanding the number of entertainment services available through its Aha cloud-based infotainment service for OEM and aftermarket radios.
The AccuRadio, Deezer, Rdio and SomaFM music services have begun offering music content to drivers through Aha, joining AOL SHOUTcast Radio, Radio.com by CBS Radio, Live365, MOG, Rhapsody and Slacker, Harman announced here at CES.