Dice, Livio Team Up On Internet Radio Kits

Stateline, Nev. – OEM integration supplier Dice Electronics and tabletop Internet radio supplier Livio are teaming up to offer aftermarket integration kits that will enable a vehicle’s factory-installed sound system to play thousands of Internet radio stations through a connected iPhone.

At January’s International CES, Dice and Livio will launch a Livio Car Internet Radio app and an optional user-installable firmware upgrade for new Duo and MediaBridge vehicle-specific integration kits. When the upgraded kits are added to select factory radios, users will be able to select, display and play thousands of Internet radio stations through an iPhone connected to the kits via USB cable.

Upgraded MediaBridge kits will be available for Acura, Honda, Toyota, Lexus, Scion, BMW, Mini, Nissan, VW and Audi vehicles. The Duo will be designed for BMW, Mini, Toyota, Scion, Lexus, Honda, Acura, Nissan, Infiniti, Mazda, and VW.

The Duo and MediaBridge kits will be rolled out beginning early January, with kits for all of the above vehicles available in the first quarter.

The Silverline Duo integration kits enable factory-head control of both an iPod/iPhone and a Sirius satellite tuner. In the top-end Media Bridge kits, Dice adds USB control of other-brand MP3 players, playback of music files stored on USB drives in various formats, and included stereo Bluetooth with hands-free capability. It also captures the PCM audio output of an iPod/iPhone, whereas the new Duo captures analog audio.

The downloadable Dice firmware and the Livio Car Internet Radio app will be available in the first quarter at a price to be announced. The Duo and MediaBridge are user-updatable via USB.

The Duo kits will retail for a suggested $189 and begin shipping in January. Upgradable versions of the company’s currently available MediaBridge kits will retail for a suggested $299 and ship in the first quarter.

Both the Media Bridge and Duo kits feature built-in translator to convert the Sirius protocol to the protocol used by OEM entertainment systems.