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Is $6 Gas a Possiblity?

April 21, 2011, Comments Off

Here’s the pessimistic side of the story we ran on Wednesday regarding gas prices. The fact that the American dollar is falling in price could drive prices higher at the pump, maybe as high as $6.50, says a CNBC report. If we get a couple of hurricanes in the wrong place and weakness in »

Gas to Fall 50 Cents

May 19, 2011, 1 Comment

Despite the scary predictions of $5 and $6/gal. gas by some pundits, it looks like gas prices are dropping and some analysts say prices will fall by 50 cents during the summer. After an 8 week climb, gas prices are now at a national average of $3.90/gal., said AAA Thursday.  That’s down from  $4.03. »

Audison First With Standalone Hi-Res Audio Player for Car

Audison First With Standalone Hi-Res Audio Player for Car

December 16, 2014, No Comments

Audison is delivering the bit Play HD, the first high-resolution music player for car audio. The bit Play is a hideaway component that can be added to most factory audio systems or used with an aftermarket car audio system. It plays back and stores hi-res audio available from  online retailers like HD Tracks.  Listeners »

How to Build a Tablet Dashboard

How to Build a Tablet Dashboard

November 3, 2014, Comments Off

For custom car audio installers who want to move beyond doors crammed with speakers and trunks stocked with amplifiers, it may be time for a tablet dashboard. For the first time in the aftermarket, says Mobile Solutions, it is offering a class on how to build an entire custom dash, starting from scratch with »

The Other 50% in Car Audio

The Other 50% in Car Audio

May 28, 2014, 19 Comments

Andy Weymeyer, President of Audiofrog Responds to our story: 50% Don’t Know or Like Car Audio Shops Recently, some new—or maybe not-so-new—market research has surfaced indicating that half of US consumers either don’t know about or don’t like dealing with aftermarket car audio and entertainment sellers. While all market research can be helpful, it’s »

Kicker: Car Specific Audio is the Future

Kicker: Car Specific Audio is the Future

February 13, 2014, 5 Comments

Updated: Kicker predicts car or truck-specific car audio systems designed to drop-in to certain car models will win about 20 percent of its aftermarket autosound business in 2 or 3 years. “We really see this a big part of the future of the car stereo aftermarket,” said Kevin Campbell, Director of Marketing. Kicker calls »

Rockford, Lightning Launch 2014 Car Audio Lineup

Rockford, Lightning Launch 2014 Car Audio Lineup

January 7, 2014, Comments Off

The Rockford Fosgate,and Lightning brands of Rockford Corp. will introduce new car audio amplifiers, speakers and amplifiers for 2014 this week. Rockford is showing new Power compact amplifiers that are designed to fit in motorcycles, UTVs, hybrid or electric vehicles, and standard cars and trucks. They include stereo and mono Class AD and Class »

Rydeen Ships Android Car Radio

Rydeen Ships Android Car Radio

December 30, 2013, Comments Off

Rydeen Mobile said it is now shipping the Android-powered deck shown at CES previously that essentially gives you a tablet in a car audio chassis. The DV638A is a double DIN deck with a 6.2-inch touch screen but also a physical volume knob and push  buttons. It runs a version of Android optimized for »

Massive Debuts New SUMMO Subwoofers

Massive Debuts New SUMMO Subwoofers

October 25, 2013, Comments Off

Massive Audio is celebrating 15 years in car audio with a new 2014 subwoofer series called “SUMMO.”  In the ancient Japanese sport of sumo, the rules are simple: push the other guy out of a big circle! Massive said the SUMMO subs “play so low with such a deep center of force that the »

Car Device With “OnStar-Lite” has no Service Fees

Car Device With “OnStar-Lite” has no Service Fees

March 12, 2013, Comments Off

Automatic has launched a device for the car that provides some OnStar-like features but without any service fees. The device, also called Automatic, plugs into the OBDII port in the car by the user and then sends info about the car to an iPhone 4S or 5. The device gives you “subtle clues” as »

Rockford Adds “CLEAN” Tech to Punch Amplifiers

Rockford Adds “CLEAN” Tech to Punch Amplifiers

January 9, 2013, Comments Off

Rockford Fosgate is introducing during CES, 11 new Punch amplifiers that offer a new C.L.E.A.N. system for setting levels. These join several new Prime series amplifiers and new Prime and Punch Pro speakers. The C.L.E.A.N. system on the new Punch amplifiers provides on-board input/output clipping indicators that permit the installer to tune the amplifier »

Memphis Intros its First Mini Amp Series for Special Vehicles

Memphis Intros its First Mini Amp Series for Special Vehicles

December 19, 2012, Comments Off

Memphis Car Audio announced it will offer a series of mini amplifiers for special vehicles to ship in January.  Additionally it will deliver its first 3-channel amplifier. The new “Special Application” amps measure about the size of a paperback book and are intended for use in motorcycles, ATVs or other vehicles. “It’s no longer »

Navigon App Adds Last Mile Navigation

August 6, 2012, Comments Off

NAVIGON  just rolled out a new update for the NAVIGON Android app  making it easier to find places. Before starting a trip, you’ll now be able to easily open up Google Street View, making sure you know exactly what the surroundings of your destination look like. Once on the road, the new version of »

Zipcar Expands Nation’s Largest Campus Car Sharing Program

February 13, 2012, Comments Off

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Zipcar, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZIP), the world’s leading car sharing network, has now added service to more than 45 college and university campuses since the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year. Zipcar is the leading choice for campus car sharing programs among colleges and universities because its fun, »

Pioneer Announces AppRadio Family

January 9, 2012, Comments Off

Since its introduction in June, the Pioneer AppRadio—that displays apps on the radio—has performed well, says Pioneer, so it introduced at CES a full family of AppRadios, including the new AppRadio 2.0 that works with Android AND iPhone apps. The AppRadio 2.0 also gets a larger screen, at 7-inches. The capacitive screen has pinch »

iPad 2 Ships March 11

March 2, 2011, Comments Off

To a delighted audience, Apple’s Steve Jobs appeared on stage Wednesday, in an apparent hiatus from medical leave, to introduce the iPad 2. The device adds dual cameras with FaceTime video chat to the iPad and it’s slimmer and faster than the original. Video is improved so the tablet may easily be used with »

Verizon 4G Is Cheaper than 3G

December 2, 2010, Comments Off

4G LTE will be available from Verizon Wireless starting this Sunday, at prices cheaper than 3G in some instances. Verizon will throw the switch in 38 metro areas, reaching about 1/3 of Americans. 4G phones won’t be available until mid-2011, but in the interim we can purchase 2 USB modems at for $99 each »

Pioneer In-Dash Navi at Steep Discount

September 23, 2010, 19 Comments

Second Update! We’ve heard back from Pioneer Electronics on the Pandora radio discount at Amazon. Larry Rougas VP marketing and product planning for car electronics said “From a Pioneer perspective, we have a MAP policy in place…sometimes the dynamics on the web move so rapidly we can’t respond as fast as people would like »

Sirius XM: Strong Sales, Profits; New Service Expected

May 4, 2010, Comments Off

By Amy Gilroy Sirius XM subscribers inched to almost to 19 million, as the company reported a sold profit and growing sales for its first quarter ended March 31, 2010. The satellite radio company also said today it will offer additional services in the coming months, to join its current data services such as »