• Pioneer's Aftermarket Car Stereos and Spotify Updated with Support for Apple's CarPlay

    Even though it arrived later than expected, Pioneer recently supplied updates for its existing NEX lineup of car stereos to support Apple’s CarPlay. The popular streaming music service, Spotify, was also updated to add support for Apple’s new car infotainment platform. For those of you who weren’t following the news from before, Pioneer had originally demonstrated CarPlay support for its NEX aftermarket car systems back in May. The company promised that the update would become available to users in “a few weeks.” The update was finally supplied by the company today.

    Firmware updates are now available for download on the following model numbers: AVIC-X8610BS, AVH-4000NEX, and theAVIC-5000NEX, 6000NEX, 7000NEX and 8000NEX.

    Pioneer also recently introduced a new more affordable unit, priced at $600, called the AppRadio 4. This unit features a 6.2-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen. CarPlay is compatible with iOS 7.1 or later running on an iPhone 5 or newer. The units are also equipped with Siri Eyes Free support which provides voice prompts to users and receives commands through an external microphone built into the head unit.

    Vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics, Ted Cardenas, said the following about the AppRadio 4:

    The new AppRadio 4 embodies our idea of the connected car, providing the majority of smartphone owners the ability to utilize their devices in the car for calling, streaming music, and even controlling supported apps to enhance their driving experience.
    For those of you who didn’t already know, CarPlay supports native Apple apps out of the box including Music, Maps and select third-party apps such as Spotify.

    Are any of you planning on picking up any aftermarket CarPlay units?

    Source: Pioneer, Spotify (iTunes)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Pioneer's Aftermarket Car Stereos and Spotify Updated with Support for Apple's CarPlay started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. Donnutt's Avatar
      Donnutt -
      Wow. The Bluetooth has been broken in my Jeep since I bought it. Costs $250 to repair. I'll just get one of these instead!
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      The automakers and aftermarket head unit makers really need to develop device-agnostic units that can interact with any Mobile OS. It's basically just a second screen for softwware running on the mobile device, right? Why does it have to be locked down to one device or the other?? My $20,000+ and 10 year+ car choice should not be hindered or driven by a $500 two year max device in my pocket!

      My only guess is that the automakers are getting some massive kick-back from Apple/Google to lock down to one or the other. More of that crap where the companies win and the consumer loses.
    1. StaceyMJ86's Avatar
      StaceyMJ86 -
      I can't even get an aftermarket radio for my car as none has been made yet. 😡😔
    1. thebowl's Avatar
      thebowl -
      My car has an AVIC-F960DAB so i'll definitely be checking this out!
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