Pioneer AppRadio 2: It's All About the Apps
I've been a camera nut all my life, so it makes sense I'd end up being a video producer. Of course, it has been a roundabout journey for me, as I started at Crutchfield in 2007 writing about car audio gear. Over the years I've learned about all the electronic items we sell, and it is my job to make sure we are making videos that you will find useful, whether you're shopping for something specific or trying to install some new gear yourself. My job is a lot of fun because I get to play around with all the cool stuff you see on our website while I'm making videos about it. Getting hands-on with the gear helps me see what I should show you about a product, though the flip side is my personal wish list is a mile long...
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Use your apps where you want them — in your dash
Smartphones have become our main source of entertainment, holding tons of music and videos, plus connecting us to the Internet. Pioneer’s original AppRadio broke new ground by being the first receiver dedicated exclusively to iPhone® apps. AppRadio 2 continues that innovation by bumping up the screen size and adding support for select Android™ phones.
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Easier interaction on the big screen
It helps to think of AppRadio 2’s 7" touchscreen as a computer monitor and your smartphone as the “computer.” With the AppRadio app running, you can pull up compatible apps, access your phone’s calendar and contacts, and play music from your collection. You can swipe, pinch, and tap just like on your phone’s screen. And you can stash your phone in a safe spot while you do it.
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Apps in your dash for Android...
There are ten Android apps that work with AppRadio 2 right now, giving you a nice suite right out of the box. Pandora® Internet radio lets you discover new music based on your tastes. AUPEO! Personal Radio works in similar fashion, but unlike Pandora, it also works outside the U.S. MIXTRAX analyzes your iTunes® library and creates transitions between songs like a DJ. Waze gives you turn-by-turn directions, plus incorporates user input in real time. You’ll need an adapter cable to connect to AppRadio 2, so give us a call to see if your Android phone is compatible.
...or iPhone users
Just connect to AppRadio 2 using your iPhone cable and you’re in. You can choose from fourteen apps, including favorites like MotionX-GPS Drive for navigation and INRIX® for traffic. An included GPS antenna helps boost the signal for GPS-reliant apps. Pandora, AUPEO!, and Rdio make sure you have endless tunes. You can even use an app to monitor your car’s performance — DashCommand™ taps into your car’s ODB-II port and to give you detailed diagnostic info on AppRadio 2’s screen (a $50 app and extra gear is required; call for details). With the help of an optional adapter, many of these apps are also available for Android users — and rest assured, the list is growing.
Already cool...and it’ll keep getting cooler
This is the easiest in-dash stereo to update ever. AppRadio 2 will notify you whenever new apps are available, plus give you alerts when updates are available for apps you already have. Just tap the screen and follow directions. And app developers are working with Pioneer to bring you many more apps that’ll work with AppRadio 2 in the near future (you can see an up-to-date list of apps and also compatible phones on Pioneer's website). So as great as it is today, it’ll just keep improving with age.