Clarion Readies First Pandora Head Unit

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Clarion got a head start on the 2012 aftermarket model year with a SEMA show launch of the company’s first head unit to control the Pandora Internet radio app on a USB-connected iPhone.

More such products are likely to be introduced at January’s CES.

The Pandora-controlling head unit is the single-DIN CZ202 CD receiver, which will be among the lowest-priced Pandora-controlling radios on the market at a suggested $129, said marketing VP Adam Thomas. From the head unit, consumers will be able to control basic Pandora-app features as well as the app’s thumbs up feature.

At least one other aftermarket mobile electronics company, Sony, recently launched a $130-suggested CD receiver that controls Pandora on a USB-connected iPhone.


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