With each passing day traditional radio is starting to suck more and more. Each station playing the same 5 songs on rotation every 30 minutes. Its no wonder people are moving to alternatives like satellite radio and streaming apps. Although sometimes problems arise with those options such as finding a uncluttered way to use streaming services in your car without having to constantly look at your phone to control things. Subaru is set to make the experience easier by announcing that they will be adding the popular streaming app Stitcher to their “Starlink” infotainment system.
If you haven’t heard of Stitcher, its a pretty popular app that gives users access to on demand news, sports, music, and pod casts in one app. With the app added to Subaru’s Starlink system users can control the app via the dashboard display and even create custom playlists and get program recommendations. It sounds pretty slick to me. Anything that would help me escape the top 40 nightmare is much welcomed!
May 14, 2015
SUBARU STARLINK™ ADDS STITCHER TO IN-VEHICLE ENTERTAINMENTCherry Hill, N.J. – Subaru of America, Inc. announced that owners of Subaru models equipped with SUBARU STARLINK™ in-vehicle technology can now enjoy a fully integrated Stitcher experience in their vehicle. Stitcher is the leader in on-demand news, sports, and entertainment audio programming with access to more than 40,000 radio shows, live radio stations and podcasts from sources including CNN, Fox, NPR, CBS, AP, The Wall Street Journal and many more. Stitcher is powered by Deezer, the leading music streaming service with over 16 million users in over 180 countries.
Subaru owners can access Stitcher and control their listening easily and safely via their vehicle’s dashboard display, when connected to an iOS or Android based smartphone with the SUBARU STARLINK app installed. The cloud-based system allows for easy integration of Stitcher services and lets listeners create a playlist of their favorite shows, always up to date with the latest episode, and enjoy personalized recommendations based on their listening habits. SUBARU STARLINK is unique in that new partners can be integrated into the app and customers enjoy the benefits immediately, with no software updates required.
SUBARU STARLINK is the company’s in-vehicle platform that provides hands-free connectivity, entertainment and safety services to vehicle occupants. STARLINK in-vehicle technology puts news, food, weather, music, podcasts, audio books, and other multimedia content into the vehicle and at the occupant’s fingertips.
“We aim to provide the best and most relevant content for our customers and we are excited to add a great partner like Stitcher to SUBARU STARLINK,” said Alan Bethke, vice president of marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. “By downloading the free SUBARU STARLINK app, our customers can seamlessly integrate the capability of a smartphone into the vehicle so that hand-held phones may be safely stowed while driving.”
“People have been listening to radio in their car for almost a hundred years but in that time little has been done to improve upon the content,” said Tyler Goldman, Chief Executive Officer North America, Deezer. “Stitcher is focused on bringing the future of news, entertainment and music to the driving experience and super serving listeners with a personalized lean back experience with car manufacturers like Subaru, which is embracing out-of-the-box thinking.”
The SUBARU STARLINK app delivers many entertainment options by pushing content like iHeartRadio®, calendar, news, and other applications automatically. Premium multimedia content includes audiobooks and applications like iHeartRadio® and Stitcher™. These capabilities are available on 2015 Legacy, 2015 Outback, 2015 Impreza, 2015 XV Crosstrek, and 2015 XV Crosstrek Hybrid models. Various SUBARU STARLINK updates including Sirius XM Connected Vehicle Services and AT&T 4G LTE network capability, for improved connectivity, will be featured in select 2016 Subaru models.