CES: ‘Radio’ Is Not a Dirty Word at CES
Radio is the subject of a flurry of news releases at CES —
though you may have to expand your definition of the word “radio” in this case.
Here are several more:
joined the list of smartphone apps compatible with Ford’s voice-controlled Sync
system. TuneIn, a free service, provides access to 50,000 AM, FM, HD Radio and
Internet radio stations as well as on-demand programs. As RW reports elsewhere,
Ford also announced such an agreement with Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio platform
— Subaru of America
is working with Aha, a platform from Harman that promises to make Web content
safer for drivers. Harman exec Robert Acker describes Aha as a
cloud-based platform that lets drivers use Internet content “just as safely as
selecting a radio station.” Aha launched in 2008 and was subsequently acquired
“Aha is powering the Web-connected
‘fourth band’ of radio, alongside AM, FM and satellite radio,” a release said.
It will provide access to on-demand music from MOG and Rhapsody; Internet radio
from Shoutcast, CBS Radio and Slacker along with other content including audio
books, personalized traffic reports and social media.
Additionally it will
be accessed through an optional in-car radio/infotainment system. There’s
an app for iPhone, with an Android version planned.
— Verizon Wireless
and Internet radio service Slacker are showing the Slacker Radio application
for the Android tablet, optimized for 4G LTE connections. “A highly visual
application, Slacker Radio for the Android tablet features a unique
station tile display with horizontal and vertical scrolling along with the
ability to preview stations before playing and an optimized ability to browse
for content, making music discovery even easier.”
FM (and Other News From CES)