Let's say you'd like to be able to use Pandora, a music streaming service, to listen to music in your car in the same way that one can listen to SiriusXM satellite radio — but you don't want to use it by streaming through your smartphone. You may find that you don't like the way the audio sounds through your auxiliary connection, especially if you'd like to skip songs (and that's the best part, right?). Or maybe you don't want to go through the process of connecting to your car's Bluetooth streaming audio. Will a Pandora app be available in future vehicles?
Good news, digital music listener: Pandora said recently that 23 vehicle brands integrate Pandora internet radio apps into their infotainment systems, so you should find many cars to choose from. Among the brands that offer Pandora connections through the radio are BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nissan and Toyota.
Pandora is installed on Cars.com's 2013 Honda Civic LX long-term test car, so it isn't found only on high-bucks cars. On the Civic, you can change tracks through the car's stereo controls and sort through playlists on the dashboard multimedia display. Don't assume that every car available with Pandora will do everything you desire, however. You'll need to ask questions and check them out yourself to discover their device's capabilities and limits as well as what sorts of companies and deals may come along with it.
You can learn more about specific models in the Cars.com research section to narrow your search.
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