iHeartRadio is a program from Clear Channel Radio, which brings more than 800 digital radio stations from 150 cities around the country to smartphones and Ford products everywhere. (Don’t ask it to play Rage Against The Machine, however.) Now through SYNC’s Applink, which takes smartphone-style apps and integrates it into the vehicle’s entertainment system, the iHeartRadio app is now available on all Ford cars with SYNC installed—including the Fusion, Flex, Edge, and Focus.
SYNC Applink (and by association, iHeartRadio) can be controlled via voice commands or through buttons on the steering wheel, making the adventure of picking a station a game of whichever friend can yell the loudest. Drivers can change genres, cities, DJ personalities, create a custom radio station or switch to the Hill-Man Morning Show on WAAF through the push of a button, if they’re so inclined.
And like all social media malarky these days, drivers can share otherwise hilarious or ironic musical tastes via Facebook, also integrated in SYNC Applink.
Now customers can choose from Pandora, Stitcher, Slacker, and iHeartRadio Internet radio services, and if this isn’t enough music to keep them thoroughly distracted from the act of driving—er, occupied, they can round up some friends and start an oompah band in the backseat. The Flex might have enough room for that.