Ferndale, Mich. -- Livio Radio, the supplier of tabletop Internet radios and Internet radio car kits, has launched a Bluetooth-enabled car kit that adds Internet radio streaming to any vehicle's sound system.
The $119-suggested Bluetooth Internet Radio Car Kit, available at Amazon.com and Livio's web site, uses an iPhone loaded with a Livio app as its Internet radio source. Internet radio streams are transmitted via stereo Bluetooth from the phone to a controller mounted on a gooseneck stalk that plugs into a car's cigarette lighter for power. From the controller, the music is streamed via FM to the car's head unit.
The Livio app, available on Apple's App Store, streams more than 45,000 radio stations from around the world.
Besides using the phone to control Internet radio functions, users can also use the kit's controller to control app functions wirelessly via Bluetooth. From the controller, users can launch the app, skip between presets, control play/pause, tag a song to download it from iTunes directly to the phone, and hit a swipe button to get the app to recommend a similar station.