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RAIN 9/17: GM to add in-car Pandora access to OnStar system

Posted on: 09/17/2010

NEW FEATURE COMING IN A FEW MONTHS TO ALL 2011 ONSTAR MODELS

General Motors, in a move to keep up with other car-makers like Ford and Mini, announced Wednesday that its cars would soon be able to access Pandora and other web-based “apps.” Called MyLink, the Internet-ready system will be a part of the OnStar service. Drivers will be able to connect to Pandora, Facebook and other web services through Android and Apple iPhones — essentially providing easy-access Internet radio in car dashboards.

The service won’t be available for a few months, according to The New York Times. It will arrive first for the Chevy Volt, then be rolled out to all 2011 and later OnStar-equipped models.

Like Ford, GM also seems open to allowing third-party apps to function with their voice-activated in-car system. This perhaps means that more Internet radio apps, beyond Pandora, could one day be integrated with GM dashboards. The New York Times has much more coverage here.

SIGNED UP FOR RAB/NAB BEFORE WE ANNOUNCED RAIN SUMMIT EAST? THEN ATTEND THE SUMMIT FREE

This year’s RAIN Summit East in Washington D.C. is an official co-located event of the RAB/NAB Radio Show — so there’s no reason why you should have to pay extra to attend both events! If you signed up for the RAB/NAB Radio Show before we opened registration for RAIN Summit East, we’d like to invite you to attend RAIN Summit East for free. Just head to our sign-up page here and use the code NABTIX. Only folks who registered for the RAB/NAB Radio Show before we opened our registration are eligible.

RAIN Summit East takes place Tuesday, September 28. The Summit will feature a long list of radio experts, from Bonneville president/CEO Bruce Reese to AccuRadio COO John Gehron. More details, and information on how to register, can be found here. We hope to see you there!

CONSUMERSWILLINGNESS TO PAY FOR APPS COULD SIGNAL END OF FREE WEB CONTENT EXPECTATIONS

The “vast majority” of mobile device users are willing to pay for applications, according to a new report from Nielsen — perhaps a representing “a major shift from the long-accepted mind-set that everything on the Web should be free,” reports the San Fracisco Chronicle.

Nielsen’s survey found that 86% of current smart-phone owners are willing to pay for entertainment apps, while 91% would pay for a gaming application. iPhone users were found to pay for 1 out of 2 apps downloaded, while Android and BlackBerry users pay for 1 out of 3.5.

“It’s a dramatic and fundamental change,” said Nielsen’s Jonathon Carson. Find more coverage from the San Francisco Chronicle here.

SYMBIAN, NON-SMARTPHONEFEATURE PHONESBEAT OUT iPHONE, ANDROID IN AD CLICK-THROUGH-RATE

While iPhones, Android devices and BlackBerry smartphones may be getting the most attention, its Nokia’s Symbian phones and feature “dumbphones” that generate the highest ad click-through-rates — according to new data released by Smaato. In fact, Android users came in dead last in August’s figures. Wired has much more coverage here.



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