Ford's 'Internet-Connected' Car Features iHeartRadio
January 11, 2012 at 4:24 AM (PT)
YESTERDAY (NET NEWS 1/10) ALL ACCESS reported FORD debuted the Internet-connected car at CES in LAS VEGAS. TODAY, iHEARTRADIO confirms FORD is first to launch iHEARTRADIO app with voice control using SYNC AppLink. iHEARTRADIO is the sixth app for SYNC AppLink that FORD is launching at the 2012 INTERNATIONAL CES
The SYNC-enabled iHEARTRADIO smartphone app can be accessed using simple voice commands in the growing number of vehicles that now offer FORD SYNC with AppLink.
"CLEAR CHANNEL's strategy is to be wherever our listeners want us to be -- no matter the device -- with the programming and services they expect, and our relationship with FORD is an important piece of that strategy," said CLEAR CHANNEL DIGITAL Pres. BRIAN LAKAMP. "Now FORD drivers will be able to create their own custom stations, tune in to the leading radio stations from 150 cities and stay connected to their favorite on-air personalities. Through FORD SYNC AppLink, iHEARTRADIO will offer drivers the ultimate voice-controlled, personal listening experience."
"Smartphones now account for half of all new mobile phones and people increasingly expect to take control of when and where they listen to their media," said SYNC Product Manager JULIUS MARCHWICKI. "With the AppLink-enabled version of iHEARTRADIO, FORD drivers can listen to their favorite stations even if they aren't local, get recommendations and share what they listen to through FACEBOOK."