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Old 03-12-2012, 09:26 AM
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Coming Soon: Stitcher integration

http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/12/b...ands-on-video/

BMW announced today at SXSW that it's teaming up with Stitcher to integrate the popular iPhone app's on-demand streaming functionality into vehicles equipped with the BMW Apps and Mini Connected technologies. We ran into BMW's Robert Passaro in the halls of Austin's Convention Center and he was kind enough to give us an exclusive demo of Stitcher inside a lovely BMW 650i convertible ahead of today's launch.

Most the iPhone app's features are available using the vehicle's infotainment system, including the ability to search, provide feedback ("More Like This" and "Listeners Also Like"), and create / remove custom stations -- album art is even displayed in high-resolution alongside show information. Take a look at our gallery below, then watch us tune Stitcher into the Engadget Mobile Podcast right from the BMW's center console in our hands-on video after the break.
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When are they going to add email and SMS, if they can add calendar they can certainly add those 2

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Old 03-12-2012, 01:09 PM
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When are they going to add email and SMS, if they can add calendar they can certainly add those 2
Already have it. Apple blocks apps from reading email and SMS, which is why they can't do it



BMW needs to bring out Spotify
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This is awesome. What I really liked from watching the video is that it sounds like they've created an apps platform and are pushing it. They even have an SDK (software development kit) that other companies can use to create apps for iDrive.

Hopefully more will be coming.
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This is awesome. What I really liked from watching the video is that it sounds like they've created an apps platform and are pushing it. They even have an SDK (software development kit) that other companies can use to create apps for iDrive.

Hopefully more will be coming.
The awesome is starting to show its age.

BMW Apps thing has been in the works for a while now with the promise of third party apps for over a year. If they are just now pushing the SDk and platform good, but it has been a year since its debut on production vehicles. In order to promote the platform, they will need more evangelists and not assume developers will somehow flock to BMW. Two or three 3rd party apps a year is not going enlist much excitement.

The option cost was minimal, so I am being patient. I fear however that BMW may not have gotten developers excited about the platform, evidenced by the lack of apps once promised in PR videos like this one over a year ago. A "build it and they will come" plan will not fly today in a world of free apps, competing platforms for both phone and car, and a short consumer attention span.
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My only issue with this is that Stitcher streams podcasts rather than downloading them to your device at your convenience over wifi for example. This results in higher data usage which is why I don't use it regularly, especially now with all the data caps and throttling. Hopefully another podcast app will be added in the future.
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