Excerpts from Twice:
Kenwood will launch its first nine automotive head units with Pandora Internet radio control at next month’s International CES.
Kenwood will offer the feature in all five of its new in-dash multimedia/nav systems, in two upper end CD-receivers, and in its two mech-less digital media receivers (DMRs), which lack CD player but connect to a wide variety of alternate music sources.
The head units will control the features of a Pandora app loaded onto a USB-connected iPhone.
Also at the show, the company will offer its first head unit with dual iPhone/iPod USB ports and add HD Radio to an in-dash multimedia/navigation unit for the first time.
In 2010, Pioneer and Alpine launched their first Pandora-controlling head units, and Audiovox launched two Jensen-brand head units that control its own Internet radio app on cable-connected iPhones.