Long Beach, Calif. –
will launch its first nine automotive
head units with Pandora Internet radio control at next month’s International
Kenwood will offer the
feature in all five of its new in-dash multimedia/nav systems, in two upper end
CD-receivers, and in its two mech-less digital media receivers (DMRs),
which lack CD player but connect to a wide variety of alternate music sources.
The head units will control the features of a Pandora app loaded
onto a USB-connected iPhone.
Also at the show, the company will offer its first head unit with
dual iPhone/iPod USB ports and add HD Radio to an in-dash multimedia/navigation
unit for the first time.
In 2010, Pioneer and Alpine launched their first
Pandora-controlling head units, and Audiovox launched two Jensen-brand head
units that control its own Internet radio app on cable-connected iPhones.