In-Dash Media Streaming
Ford’s Sync system is arguably the best one on the market to voice-activate music tracks you own–if it’s a music file on your smartphone or music player, Sync will find it with ease. But in the years since Sync hit the market, many users have given up MP3 and AAC files for streaming services (like Spotify, MOG, or Rdio, which give users access to vast music libraries) or radio services (like Pandora or Stitcher, which offer custom internet radio stations) when they want an aural fix. The solution: programs like Sync’s AppLink (which supports MOG) and BMW/MINI’s ConnectedDrive/iDrive suite (which uses MOG or Pandora), which connect to smartphones and put all of the information/choices on a dashboard screen. Once again, drivers won’t have to pick up their phones to change channels or artists.