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Post Pioneer Brings Pandora into the Dash with New App

Pioneer Brings Pandora into the Dash with New App, Introduces New Head Unit

Monday, May 24, 2010 -- Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. has announced the availability of its PandoraLink for Pioneer app in Apple’s App Store. Users with an iPhone can use the free PandoraLink for Pioneer App to provide complete control of Pandora’s Internet radio music service on Pioneer’s new AVIC-Z120BT and AVIC-X920BT in-dash navigation systems. Both models integrate navigation capabilities as well as new features, including the company’s new 3D touch slide interface, Pioneer’s proprietary music analysis software, MusicSphere and ECO Graph for eco-minded drivers.



The PandoraLink for Pioneer App is displayed as a dedicated source on these head units, and it provides Pandora users with the familiar functions of the online service including on-screen display of track information such as title, artist and album art.

In addition to the capability of rating a track with “thumbs up” or “thumbs down,” the user interface is designed to provided easy navigation on a 7-inch or 6.1-inch touch screen display while driving, which allows users to easily bookmark a song or artist, skip the currently playing track, change stations and select Quickmix playback.

The company also recently announced its new AVIC-Z120BT. This double-DIN unit features a large 7-inch WVGA touch-screen display, a map database from Tele Atlas with 12 million points of interest (POIs), DVD playback, 4GB of flash memory, rear seat entertainment, built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and music streaming, USB connectivity, an SD card slot, back-up camera input and is SIRIUS XM4 Satellite and HD Radio ready. In addition, the AVIC-Z120BT also incorporates the PandoraLink for Pioneer App, MusicSphere, which creates mood-based playlists that can be accessed onscreen with a distinctive 3D animated sphere (as with the AVIC-920BT) and Eco Driving reports.

The AVIC-Z120BT also features hi-volt pre-amp outputs, 7-band graphic EQ and custom designed power supply capacitors for improved sound quality. The new AVIC-Z120BT will be available in June for a suggested retail price of $1,599.

The PandoraLink for Pioneer App is currently available for free from the App Store on iPhone at itunes.com/appstore.
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