Pandora Now Available for Model Year 2011 BMW Vehicles

News | April 28th, 2011 by 16
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  • Integration of Pandora® internet radio service enabled on all MY 2011 BMWs equipped with BMW Apps option
  • BMW integration available with latest version of free Pandora® iPhone app
  • BMW Drivers operate Pandora® using existing vehicle controls

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – April 28, 2011… BMW of North America announced today that the free Pandora® internet radio iPhone app, the first third party app approved for the new BMW Apps feature, is now live and available for download at

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Beginning today, all MY 2011 and 2012 BMW vehicles equipped with the BMW Apps option will be able to stream Pandora internet radio through the iPhone app. Once the iPhone is connected to the vehicle, the Pandora personalized radio functions are operated by the vehicle’s existing controls. The Pandora integration, like the BMW Connected app features, is seamless.

Popular Pandora features available to MY 2011 BMW drivers include the abilities easily access existing stations, create new stations, thumb-up or thumb-down tracks, and bookmark songs.

“The seamless integration of a highly desired service like Pandora demonstrates the enormous potential of the new BMW Apps,” said Stephan Durach, Director of the BMW Group Technology Office. “We are pleased that we are able to partner with Pandora in order to now offer this function across the BMW product range in a way that is simple to access and safer to operate.”

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“We’re excited that BMW is making Pandora available to customers across its full range of vehicles and that drivers will be able to tune into their personalized radio stations from the road,” said Jessica Steel, Executive Vice President of Business Development for Pandora.

Customers can download the BMW Connected iPhone app, which is also available for free from the Apple App Store.

The flexible design of BMW Apps allows unprecedented integration of smartphone functions, taking the in-car integration of iPhone, entertainment and online functions to a whole new level. BMW Apps adopts the familiar BMW display and controls to ensure that all functions can be operated comfortably, simply, safely and intuitively while minimizing driver distraction.

The iPhone is linked to the car either via USB cable or through the center armrest with an available snap-in adapter. Once connected, the phone can be stored and all functions are operated using the vehicle’s iDrive controller, steering wheel buttons and on-board monitor.

BMW Apps is available on model year 2012 and 2011 BMWs produced from March 2011 onwards for $250.00. The BMW Connected App and the Pandora app are now available for free at the Apple App Store.

About Pandora®
Pandora gives people music they love anytime, anywhere, through connected devices. Personalized stations launch instantly with the input of a single “seed” – a favorite artist, song or genre. The Music Genome Project®, a deeply detailed, hand-built musical taxonomy, powers Pandora’s personalization using musicological “DNA” and constant listener feedback to craft personalized stations from a growing collection of hundreds of thousands of recordings. Tens of millions of people in the U.S. turn on Pandora to hear music they love.

[Source: BMW ]

16 responses to “Pandora Now Available for Model Year 2011 BMW Vehicles”

  1. MeeksDigital says:

    Kind of pisses me off that these features can’t even be retrofitted into my October 2010-build 2011 335d…. lame.

  2. David McIntosh says:

    It is really annoying that you can’t retrofit this on current iDrive BMWs.  I have a 2011 3-series with iDrive, and I just called the dealer and found out they can’t install BMW App.  That makes no sense whatsoever.  It’s just a software update!

  3. David McIntosh says:

    It is really annoying that you can’t retrofit this on current iDrive BMWs.  I have a 2011 3-series with iDrive, and I just called the dealer and found out they can’t install BMW App.  That makes no sense whatsoever.  It’s just a software update!

    • I have a 2012 X1 and it doesn’t appear that I can get BMW Apps. They
      said it would come with, but it didn’t. Then they said it could be added
      later. Now they won’t even answer as to if it can be added, so I’m
      assuming the answer is no. They made it sound like it’s just a firmware
      upgrade, so I’m not sure what the problem is.

  4. Nick says:

    I recently updated the software on my iPhone 4 to iOS 5 and now my 2011 X3 no longer connects to Pandora when plugged into the vehicle. As a result I decided to give Mog a try….same result!Hopefully this can be fixed by the Pandora and Mog developers by merely updating their apps….the only question is how long I will have to wait…

    • Jerome says:

      Nick, Pandora is totally asleep at the wheel.

      I have a 2012 BMW 128i coupe with the iPhone 4 clip-in cradle. I’m an iOS developer and went through the betas of iOS 5. Both the BMW Connected app and Pandora stopped connecting with at beta 5.

      I had an email exchange with Pandora tech support and they appeared to be totally clueless, saying they had no idea when a update would be released (the last update was in July). BMW, on the other hand, had a really fast update to their app before the GM of iOS 5 was released, works perfectly again, as you know. 

      I think it’s beyond absurd and I hope Pandora gets slammed by BMW who promote them as part of their apps sales literature, and right now Pandora is the only other BMW Apps app. By the way, they blew off responding to my last couple of emails – how’s that for incompetence idiocy. 



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