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      04-28-2011, 12:14 PM   #1
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Cool Pandora Now Available for Model Year 2011 BMW Cars

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Pandora Now Available for Model Year 2011 BMW Vehicles
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28.04.2011
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  • Integration of Pandora® internet radio service enabled on all MY 2011 BMWs equipped with BMW Apps option
  • BMW integration available with latest version of free Pandora® iPhone app
  • BMW Drivers operate Pandora® using existing vehicle controls

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – April 28, 2011… BMW of North America announced today that the free Pandora® internet radio iPhone app, the first third party app approved for the new BMW Apps feature [more details here], is now live and available for download at www.itunes.com/appstore.

Beginning today, all MY 2011 and 2012 BMW vehicles equipped with the BMW Apps option will be able to stream Pandora internet radio through the iPhone app. Once the iPhone is connected to the vehicle, the Pandora personalized radio functions are operated by the vehicle’s existing controls. The Pandoraintegration, like the BMW Connected app features, is seamless.

Popular Pandorafeatures available to MY 2011 BMW drivers include the abilities easily access existing stations, create new stations, thumb-up or thumb-down tracks, and bookmark songs.

“The seamless integration of a highly desired service like Pandora demonstrates the enormous potential of the new BMW Apps,” said Stephan Durach, Director of the BMW Group Technology Office. “We are pleased that we are able to partner with Pandora in order to now offer this function across the BMW product range in a way that is simple to access and safer to operate.”

"We're excited that BMW is making Pandora available to customers across its full range of vehicles and that drivers will be able to tune into their personalized radio stations from the road,” said Jessica Steel, Executive Vice President of Business Development for Pandora.

Customers can download the BMW Connected iPhone app, which is also available for free from the Apple App Store.

The flexible design of BMW Apps allows unprecedented integration of smartphone functions, taking the in-car integration of iPhone, entertainment and online functions to a whole new level. BMW Apps adopts the familiar BMW display and controls to ensure that all functions can be operated comfortably, simply, safely and intuitively while minimizing driver distraction.

The iPhone is linked to the car either via USB cable or through the center armrest with an available snap-in adapter. Once connected, the phone can be stored and all functions are operated using the vehicle’s iDrive controller, steering wheel buttons and on-board monitor.

BMW Apps is available on model year 2012 and 2011 BMWs produced from March 2011 onwards for $250.00. The BMW Connected App and the Pandora app are now available for free at the Apple App Store.


See a demonstrations of Pandora on BMW Apps in following videos:





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      04-28-2011, 12:52 PM   #2
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      04-28-2011, 01:11 PM   #3
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This is great although lately Pandora has twice as many ads as before, and they are so fucking annoying it defeats the purpose of Pandora... something better will start to show up soon I hope.
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This is great although lately Pandora has twice as many ads as before, and they are so fucking annoying it defeats the purpose of Pandora... something better will start to show up soon I hope.
Yes it is annoying and i catch myself being pissed, but they do have to pay the record companies every time a song is played so I understand they have to pay the bills. (As terrestrial radio has ads and satellite radio has subscriptions)

I think Pandora ONE is only $36/year which is looking very attractive to me right now. Even with paying them or dealing with the ads, it's lightyears better than any alternative.
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I've got pandora already.. it's called my iphone connected to the aux port
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I've got pandora already.. it's called my iphone connected to the aux port
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I've got pandora already.. it's called my iphone connected to the aux port
1!!!! ahahah xD!!
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The aux port works ok, but the quality of the sound isnt great at all. I hear a huge difference with USB and snap in. Much warmer sound not as digital. And of course no album art or functionally with the aux.
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This is great although lately Pandora has twice as many ads as before, and they are so fucking annoying it defeats the purpose of Pandora... something better will start to show up soon I hope.

If you have google chrome (or dont mind getting it) you can have ad free pandora

https://chrome.google.com/extensions...pmhkfckh?hl=en

pretty cool program - I love it.
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I've got pandora already.. it's called my iphone connected to the aux port
Exactly what I do Hahaha! I was speechless when I read this. I'm guessing they wanted to better integrate pandora with the in-cabin controls on the steering wheel, etc.
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this blows, spent 65k on f10 but doesnt have any of these features...
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Exactly what I do Hahaha! I was speechless when I read this. I'm guessing they wanted to better integrate pandora with the in-cabin controls on the steering wheel, etc.
Are you guys also willing to pay the $159 ticket you get each time a cop catches you touching your iPhone while driving?
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The aux port works ok, but the quality of the sound isnt great at all. I hear a huge difference with USB and snap in. Much warmer sound not as digital. And of course no album art or functionally with the aux.
try a dock connector to aux. Best analog sound quality. Probably imperceptible difference from digital
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try a dock connector to aux. Best analog sound quality. Probably imperceptible difference from digital
You mean to the USB. The dock connector is what I said.
That sound is much more analog and warm. Versus an aux wire plugged to the headphone jack, which sounds very very digital. Not for me!
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Only in the USA?

Is it possible, that the app is only available in the USA?

i cant find the App in the german App Store :-/
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The aux port works ok, but the quality of the sound isnt great at all. I hear a huge difference with USB and snap in. Much warmer sound not as digital. And of course no album art or functionally with the aux.
I noticed that when I play music from my iphone and then disconnect the aux wire from the idrive there's no sound...what gives? is the music all drawn from the aux and the user controls via usb?
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No Android? Makes zero sense, droid is the future
Not really... iPhone links with other applications/software easier than the Droid those; from my experience at least


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Are you guys also willing to pay the $159 ticket you get each time a cop catches you touching your iPhone while driving?
If I remember correctly, if you have sufficient evidence no texting or phone calls were made... it should be alright... unless it changed in 2011. I didn't look at any changes made this year
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I bought a 2010 used 328xi but it did not come with the iPod/iPhone integration cable. Since I have warranty will the dealer give me one for free or will I have to pay?
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