Future Fords offer Pandora

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Future Ford Sync to Offer Pandora Streaming


At the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Ford announced that three new features would be included on the next iteration of the SYNC system: traffic data, GPS-guided directions and the ability to snag information from the web through the user's data/GPS/Bluetooth-enabled smartphone to display or read weather conditions, sports scores and other information through the stereo.

On May 26th, the upgrade will be made available to all current 2010 Ford, Lincoln and Mercury owners (you download the update to your PC, then transfer it to the SYNC system through a thumb drive) and all new 2010 models will be equipped with the upgrade from the factory. But as Ford CEO Alan Mulally promised, there's more on the way.

Ford and Microsoft plan to continually update SYNC, and according to Charlotte Fisher from Ford's Design and Technology team, "every six to eight to twelve months we'll be delivering new services." One of the possible features Ford could include on future iterations of SYNC is streaming internet radio, and Fisher confirmed that Ford is currently "talking with Pandora." Can you say XM-killer? Hit the jump to watch a video of the new system in action.
 

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Can you say XM-killer?

I guess it depends on what you want out of it...

Back in July, I gushed in an article entitled I’ve fallen in love… with Pandora, noting the killer combination of attributes included the fact that it’s easy, powerful, addictive, and info rich:
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I still believe all the things I wrote back in July… but I must admit I haven’t used Pandora in months. The reason? Sirius satellite radio. Maybe it’s unfair to compare a subscription service with a paid one (and of course they’re different in many ways) but I’ve been amazed with the number of ways in which satellite radio has filled multiple grooves and rivulets of my life.
Pandora vs. Sirius: what’s your online music listening style? ¦ Online Media Cultist


Also, how much will the SYNC service cost after the initial free period?
 

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I guess it depends on what you want out of it...

I agree, I have been a Sirius subscriber since the begining, and I listen to Sirius more than I do Slacker each day. That being said, I listen to Sirius for Talk and Sports, and Slacker for music. If Slacker / Pandora / Apple come up with a Slacker Like player that also allows podcasts then it is game over for Sirius for me.


Also, how much will the SYNC service cost after the initial free period?

Not sure what it will be the choice will be nice.