Pandora radio can be seen in over 50 models across 19 different automakers and Mazda is the latest to join that list. Starting later this year, Mazda will include Pandora radio as an additional feature on select models. For those unfamiliar, Pandora is an online music service that recommends songs for you judged on the types of songs you’ve searched for previously. This service is only available in the United States, and users give positive or negative feedback, which affects song selection.
Mazda will feature Pandora in its in-dash entertainment system and will include features like being able to give a thumbs up or thumbs down depending on the song as well as skipping a song. There’s a catch though for new Mazda owners wishing to use Pandora in the car: You’ll need an iPhone with the Pandora app to use it while driving. No app, no Pandora in your Mazda.
In similar news, Ford has signed on to feature MOG, another online music service, to be featured in a variety of 2012 Blue Oval models. MOG will be available on 2012 Ford models like the Fiesta, Fusion, F-150, Super Duty, E-Series, Mustang, and the Expedition. Like Pandora, MOG offers users a plethora of songs (more than 15 million) but you have to pay a subscription fee while Pandora is free. The fee buys convenience though; MOG lets you pick the song you want to hear, while Pandora doesn’t. MOG can be controlled with voice-commands as well as in-dash controls, and allows users to have access to all of their stored content on the go. Users have access to MOG’s services inside their Ford vehicle through the AppLink interface and radio stations can be tuned through MOG by using the regular tuner knob on the dashboard too.
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