Add Pandora to the list of apps that BMW has integrated with its 2011 and 2012 models. The latest version of Pandora and BMW's Connected iPhone app make it possible for drivers to view and control the streaming music service in the car using the iDrive system.
Using their iPhone to integrate Pandora and supply the Internet data connection, BMW owners will be able to view and interact with the music app on the in-dash display using the iDrive controller or steering wheel buttons.
Almost all of Pandora's features are available and can be controlled using the iDrive controller or steering wheel buttons. Functionality includes accessing existing stations, creating new stations, thumbing-up or thumbing-down tracks, and bookmarking songs.
Unlike Toyota's Entune platform, the pairing doesn't take using a Bluetooth connection--users must link the phone using the USB cable or the optional snap-in adapter in the center armrest. Pandora joins Twitter and Facebook as the third app that BMW's app supports.
The new feature is available on all 2011 BMW models built after March and equipped with the $250 BMW apps option. To use Pandora in the car, BMW owners need to download the latest version of the BMW Connected and Pandora apps from the iTunes store.