March 27, 2013 at 4:10 pm

BMW Adds Rhapsody, TuneIn to In-Car App Stable

bmw appsEvery major automotive manufacturer has a strategy for integrating apps into cars. Music apps are among the most attractive, to the point that some experts believe in-dash AM/FM radios will be phased out entirely by 2015.

On Wednesday, BMW announced the addition of four new BMW Apps, half of which are music-related: Rhapsody (music subscription), TuneIn (radio), Audible (audiobooks), and Glympse (location sharing).

As with most other in-car apps, these ones live on the Apple iPhone, and are controlled by the BMW’s hardware controls and appear on its in-dash displays, rather than running natively within the car. They will be available “later this year,” according to the carmaker.

“Music is key to vehicle infotainment, and by partnering with Rhapsody, we are delivering music to our owners in user-friendly formats they prefer,” said BMW Group Apps Platform product manager Phil Johnston in a statement. “With TuneIn, BMW drivers will not only get thousands of music radio stations, but also live sports, news and talk shows from around the world.”

All of BMW’s apps run on Apple iOS. We’ve asked Google about its strategy for putting Android in more cars, and hope to have an answer soon.

In addition to the above-mentioned four, the following apps work on BMW cars with iPhones and the proper connection, according to BMW:

  • Aupeo
  • BMW Connected (multifunctional)
  • Stitcher
  • Snippy (not available in the U.S.)

BMW’s Mini division was the first to put a music subscription service in a car, although it apparently doesn’t work with BMWs in general.

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