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Livio Will Update In-Vehicle Internet Radio App

Company positions it as an alternative to satellite radio

Livio Radio, known for tabletop Internet radios, also has its eyes on the dash. “Car Internet radio is what’s happening in 2011,” says the company’s founder.

The Michigan-based company says its updated in-vehicle Internet radio app for iPhone sets the stage for users who want to access Internet audio streams through a vehicle’s stereo using a software interface installed on a compatible mobile device.

Radio World has reported about the app, which was previewed at CES in January for vehicle OEM and aftermarket manufacturers. Livio Radio Founder and CEO Jake Sigal says several companies signed up for the app, which ships this summer. A version for Android is planned.

The company says its app for iPhone has better features and stability, song tagging capability and improved in-vehicle audio playback technology. It says the company plans to offer a direct car connection in its next release.

With content partnerships in development, such as the recently-announced partnership with Grooveshark, Sigal said the Livio Radio App would offer an attractive, inexpensive alternative to satellite radio.

“Livio Radio is going to be the company that gives consumers an alternative to satellite with more music and less work,” according to Sigal.