When you’re in the market for a new car stereo, there are many different features to consider that could potentially make life on the road a little easier for you. We’re going to look at a few newer features in the car audio world that help smartphone owners access their music and other content with far less effort than ever before.

App Mode

For iPhone users on the go, App Mode adds convenience to your drive. Connect your Apple iPhone or iTouch to the receiver via USB and you’ll find a number of Apps that can be used and controlled on the receivers display or controls. App Mode isn’t compatible with every App out there, but there are a growing number of services that are supported such as Netflix, some navigation Apps and YouTube.

Android Compatibility

Now, we all know the iPhone is probably the most supported smartphone currently in the mobile audio world, but the Android is up and coming in popularity. Similar to the iPhone, many manufacturers now are offering support for Android devices by means of Bluetooth connection, USB connection, or even through hardware interface. If you are an Android owner, look for the Android Ready logo, and be sure to research the exact method in which the device needs to be connected.

Pandora Link

Many music enthusiasts out there are now using the online music service, Pandora. Pandora Internet Radio is a free service that allows you to create playlists of music based on the style of a band or a specific song, allowing you to discover new and similar music to your selection. Pandora Link incorporates this service into your stereo by connecting your Apple iPhone or supported Android device through USB. Pandora Link receivers will display artist and song information as well as allow you to create new stations and ‘Thumbs Up’ or ‘Thumbs Down’ songs.

When you’re out shopping for a new receiver, be sure to keep an eye out for some of these newer features. Tell us in the comments section below about some of your experiences with these features!