vancefsmith wrote:Can it play music generated from apps like Pandora?
thesupernovagirl wrote:yes it can
This is worth some clarification based on my understanding - This is all to the best of my knowledge of the product that I have yet to receive, so take it with a substantial amount of salt, and I make no guarantees about it's accuracy or validity in written form.
Yes, it can play Pandora or other streaming apps. There is a catch.
1) It will have to be through the aux-in into the deck, and it will have to be from the headphone jack on your media player (blackberry, iphone, ipod touch, etc).
2) You'll have to be receiving/streaming it over the net, which means you'll need cellular internet or wifi nearby. Pandora will NOT let you download music to play later.
3) The deck will not control Pandora or any other iphone app. The deck will control the phone over bluetooth (i.e. allow you to make calls over the speakerphone, with the add-on module), but you can't plug your iphone or blackberry in and expect to see your apps and whatnot on the screen, not without some serious hacker wizardry anyway. (I know the Pioneer Avic series have had this done, but these don't seem to have been cracked open in quite the same way.)
When you connect your iphone or blackberry or thumbdrive over usb, it will register it as a storage device and scan it. Blackberries and thumbdrives it treats more or less the same, they both turn up as the equivalent of usb hard drives. Iphones are a bit different because of the proprietary way they store music (they scramble file names so you can't just copy it all to another person or phone), and the deck knows how to read that, which is how it knows the names/titles/albums of your music.
So yes it can play Pandora, but don't expect to be able to plug in your phone and click a button on your deck that says "Play your Pandora Music!" Then there are the inherent difficulties in streaming music over cellular lines. With an AT&T 3g connection, it will probably work well, but beware of overage charges. Streaming music for hours can/will rack up pretty significant data usage.
Again, this is what I understand it to do based on what I've seen in other decks. I may be mistaken. But we'll find out in a week or so.