iHeartRadio now on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

ARN’s iHeartRadio Australia new app upgrade means it’s now among the first music and entertainment third-party apps to be Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible in Australia.

For the first time, listeners will now be able to use the iHeartRadio app straight from their car dashboard in all cars that are Apple CarPlay or Android Auto enabled. Vehicles include a number of 2016 and 2017 models from auto manufacturers including Audi, Citroën, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Peugeot, Volkswagen, Kia, and Volvo.
Some car manufactures also offer a firmware update to retrofit Apple CarPlay or Android Auto in selected models while car console manufacturers, like Kenwood and Pioneer, now produce units that are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible, which can be installed in most vehicles.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allow users to replicate their smartphone’s look and capabilities on a compatible car’s central console. It’s specially created for use in your car and designed to minimise driver distraction.
The news comes as iHeartRadio Australia celebrates the milestone of reaching 800,000 downloads of the app.

Head of iHeartRadio Australia Geraint Davies said,

“As the time people spend in their cars continues to lengthen, from the daily commute to fun road trips, it’s more important than ever for us to be able to offer our listeners the very best in-car entertainment.
With our announcement today, iHeartRadio Australia is cementing its position as an essential entertainment platform front and centre in our listeners’ car dashboard. iHeartRadio Australia now offers listeners a seamless in-vehicle music and entertainment experience, with the ability to listen to live radio, custom radio and podcasts through an improved mobile integration with their car’s own  entertainment system.”
With over 800,000 app downloads in Australia, the additional benefits offered by Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is going to see the popularity of iHeartRadio’s free service continue to grow.”

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