Pioneer Expands Pandora, Adds Aha

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Pioneer is stepping up its commitment to Internet radio in the car, expanding its selection of head units that control an iPhone’s Pandora app to nine new models, and bringing down the starting price points to more affordable levels.

The company is also bringing another Internet radio service – Aha Radio – to two of its navigation systems. Aha delivers audible versions of Facebook and Twitter, podcat streams, audible reports of nearby traffic conditions, and ability to hear nearby pointsof- interest (POI) information.

Last year, Pioneer’s Internet radio portfolio consisted of two Pandora-controlling A/Vnavigation units at a suggested $1,599 and $1,099. This year, the feature will be expanded to CD receivers, A/V receivers, and all new navigation systems. Details and pricing were unavailable at press time.

Pioneer also said it is improving its touch slide feature on A/V receivers and navigation systems. The interface reduces the need for multiple layers of menus to quickly navigate the user interface by touching and dragging the text on the screen. This feature lets users navigate through large media lists and search and sort by artist, album, song and genre.

The company is also launching new speakers and a subwoofer.


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