How to Listen to Pandora in your Car

Pandora internet radio is becoming more popular in vehicles on the road today. There are many ways to listen to Pandora while taking a drive and it isn’t too difficult to figure out which method is best for you. With the convenience of such simple controls, Pandora is also much safer then fiddling around with an iPod or other portable device looking for your favorite song or artist. Simply choose your desired station and you may play, pause, or skip to the next song.

Listen Through Your Car Stereo

Pandora StereoArguably the most visually appealing method of listening to internet radio in your car is through a Pandora integrated car stereo. Manufacturers such as Alpine and Pioneer are now creating stereos that will connect to your mobile device through USB and play music without having to control it through your device. Pandora Link offers the ability to view song information directly on your stereo and gives you the option to “Thumbs up” or “Thumbs down” each song, depending on your taste in music. Vehicle manufacturers such as Ford and BMW have systems that are already built into the car that will link to your Pandora account as well, eliminating the need for an aftermarket stereo. If your stereo doesn’t have Pandora integrated but is equipped with an auxiliary input, you may use a 3.5mm auxiliary cable to connect your portable device for playback.

Listen by Streaming Through Bluetooth

A2DP Bluetooth StreamingA very popular way to play Pandora is through A2DP Bluetooth streaming. Any vehicle that comes with a Bluetooth connection and allows audio to stream through the stereo will support playback of Pandora internet radio. Although you have to control your music through your device, it is still a convenient feature having the ability to drive down the road with your iPhone in your pocket and your music wirelessly tied to your stereo.

Listen With an FM Transmitter

FM TransmitterLast but certainly not least, an FM transmitter will work great for getting music to your speakers. If your car lacks expensive stereos and integrated systems there is no need to worry, these transmitters are very budget friendly. FM Transmitters plug directly into your cigarette lighter and typically create a 3.5mm auxiliary input that can be utilized to connect your portable. FM Modulators serve for a slightly better quality solution, but there is a bit of installation necessary. FM Modulators cut off the signal of your AM/FM antenna and feed an input signal directly into the stereo.

Pandora internet radio is an overnight sensation that is becoming very popular. It offers very limited advertising, and high quality audio that streams directly from your cell phone’s signal. With an inexpensive premium account, there is no advertising and the quality of audio is even higher. Pandora helps you discover new music that may interest you by fine tuning each station to your liking based on your Like and Dislike selections. Give Pandora a try, and you won’t be disappointed.

About Harry Donihue

Harry's passion for car audio began at 16 with a single subwoofer and an amp. In years to follow, he greatly developed his love and knowledge of the car audio and electronics industry by means of installing, researching and opinion writing. In his spare time he enjoys playing music, eating grilled cheese sandwiches and snowboarding with his pals.
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