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Pioneer App for Pandora Now Available

USB cable, plus app, link Pioneer navigation system to the Internet radio service

Apps for the iPhone that allow drivers to control Pandora Internet Radio are rolling out, as receiver manufacturers ship new navigation systems that are also compatible with HD Radio and satellite radio.

Pioneer Electronics said the Pandora Link for Pioneer App is now available in the App Store.

Through an iPhone, the free app controls Pandora on Pioneer’s new AVIC-Z120BT and AVIC-X920BT in-dash navigation systems. The PandoraLink for Pioneer App is displayed as a dedicated source and gives users an onscreen display of track information such as title, artist and album art. Pioneer supplies a USB cable with an iPhone connector on it to use with the in-dash unit.

Pandora Chief Strategy Officer/Founder Tim Westergren said Pioneer is one of the first manufacturers to transition the Internet radio service from the home or office into the dash.

The AVIC-X920BT in-dash navigation system is available now. Introduced at CES as we’ve reported, the double-DIN unit features a 6.1-inch touch screen display, a map database from Tele Atlas, DVD playback, 4GB of flash memory, Bluetooth for hands-free calling and music streaming, USB connectivity, micro SD card slot, and back-up camera input. The Pioneer AVIC-X920BT is HD Radio and Sirius XM compatible and lists for $1,099.

Pioneer says the AVIC-Z120BT will ship to stores in June and carry a suggested retail price of $1,599.

Ford is bringing a similar solution to first its 2011 Fiesta line later this year, and has plans to roll it out to future Sync vehicles next year.