Stitcher Added To SUBARU STARLINK In-Car Infotainment Systems

SUBARU STARLINK, Powered by Clarion's Smart Access Connectivity Platform, Allows Users to Access and Control Select Mobile Apps Directly from the Screen of their Car's Infotainment System

May 21, 2015, 08:00 ET from Clarion

CYPRESS, Calif., May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Clarion Corporation of America, a leader in consumer and commercial mobile electronics, announced today that Stitcher is now available on the SUBARU STARLINK platform. The SUBARU STARLINK infotainment systems found in Subaru vehicles utilizes Clarion's advanced Smart Access™ cloud connectivity platform to seamlessly sync and control cloud based applications directly with the infotainment system's screen, providing immediate access to Stitcher without having to update system software.     

"With long-term growth projected for on-demand radio shows and podcasts, and research supporting consumption of this type of content increasing more than 15 percent last year alone, the addition of Stitcher to the list of apps  available on the free SUBARU STARLINK  app is great news for Subaru owners," stated Anthony Landamia, Infotainment Product Manager at Subaru. "We are excited that Subaru owners can now access the Internet's largest collection of live and on-demand radio shows and podcasts directly from their dashboards."

Subaru owners will be able to enjoy a fully integrated Stitcher app experience in the car, delivering over 40,000 radio shows and podcasts to customers. The integration will allow listeners to access up-to-the-minute episodes of their favorite radio programs, create playlists of their favorites, and stream them directly to the vehicle's system via their iPhone or Android device.

"Clarion is committed to offering our automotive OEM partners perpetual value and a growing list of added features so we work closely with leading content providers and app developers to ensure their support of our award-winning Smart Access platform and customized platforms such as SUBARU STARLINK," said Allen H. Gharapetian, Vice President of Marketing and Product Development for Clarion Corporation of America. "Doing so allows us to keep the cars out there using our system current and compatible with the latest apps and streaming services, assuring driver's happiness and loyalty towards the brand of vehicle they drive."

Stitcher offers listeners the freshest episodes of their favorite podcasts and radio shows streamed directly to devices - no downloading or syncing is required. From NPR's Fresh Air to Serial, WNYC's Radiolab to APM Marketplace , Rush Limbaugh to Rachel Maddow and more, Stitcher organizes and delivers the world of talk radio fresh daily.

About Smart Access
Exclusive to Clarion and powered by Hitachi's renowned Global Data Center, Clarion's Smart Access is the world's most advanced and extensive cloud-based information access, analysis and sharing platform. Smart Access provides proactive real-time analysis of destination routes on the go, allows for customization of entertainment options, enables safe and easy access to social media networks, monitors status of the vehicle, and provides an easy, distraction free way to use many of the popular smartphone apps while driving. Learn more on the web at www.clarionsmartaccess.com.

About Clarion
Headquartered in Cypress, California, Clarion Corporation of America is a subsidiary of Japan-based Clarion Co. Ltd, which has been a consolidated subsidiary of the Hitachi Group since 2006. Clarion has been an international leader in car audio and electronics since 1940. The company is engaged in the research, development, engineering, design, manufacturing, sales and marketing of mobile entertainment, navigation, infotainment, communication, safety and security products for the automotive, marine, recreational vehicle, commercial fleet and heavy industry environments. Clarion has been the recipient of numerous excellence awards for design, innovation, support, manufacturing and product reliability from independent organizations. The company has marketing and sales affiliates in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. Clarion is located on the web at www.clarion.com/us.

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About Deezer
Deezer is the first truly global on-demand audio provider, offering a digital music streaming service in more than 180 countries, with 16 million monthly active users and 6 million paid subscribers worldwide. Deezer is at the forefront of a streaming revolution, allowing fans instant access to the largest music catalogue in the world, with more than 35 million songs and 30,000+ radio channels on any device. Combining the best of man and machine, Deezer's global editorial team searches for the best music around the world and its algorithmic recommendations help fans discover music they will truly love. Deezer is available on your favorite device, including smartphone, tablet, PC, laptop, home sound system, connected car or smart TV. 

Launched in 2007, Deezer is a privately held company, headquartered in Paris with offices in San Francisco and around the world. Deezer is also available in the U.S. via Bose and Sonos audio systems. Deezer is currently available as a free download for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows devices or on the web at http://www.deezer.com globally outside the US. In the fall of October 2014 Deezer acquired leading on-demand talk radio service Stitcher. For the latest news, and official Deezer images go to Deezer.com/company/press.

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts, and accessories through a network of more than 600 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants, and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information, visit media.subaru.com. SUBARU STARLINK is a trademark of Subaru/Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.

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