Alpine (Alps Alpine North America) will be the first aftermarket car audio company to offer SiriusXM-Ready head units with the extra streaming capabilities of 360L – SiriusXM’s new platform. It will be offered via a free software update from Alpine in February (a separate SXV300 tuner is required).
360L merges SiriusXM with Pandora streaming, so if you ask the Alpine unit to play Dave Matthews, then it will show you the channels that typically play the band and then you can launch a Dave Matthews station on Pandora (you’ll need a WiFi connection from a phone or other hotspot).
It also shows extra streaming channels that typically play Dave Matthews and any related live concerts recorded on SiriusXM or podcast interviews on Stitcher. (See a demo here).
In all, 360L delivers more SiriusXM channels (350+), SiriusXM’s Pandora Stations, “For You” recommendations, recorded on demand content and podcasts, and more.
The free software update will be available on the Alpine Knowledge Center (https://kb.alpine-usa.com) in February.
Alpine’s compatible head units include the Halo11 iLX-F511, the Halo9 iLX-F509, the iLX-507, and Jeep®-specific head units i509-WRA-JL and i509-WRA-JK.
“As the first to introduce SiriusXM-Ready connectivity on an aftermarket head unit, it seems fitting that Alpine is also the first to feature SiriusXM’s groundbreaking 360L platform on an aftermarket head unit,” said Mike Anderson, Executive Director at Alps Alpine North America. “In addition to adding value to our exciting new line-up of High-Resolution head units, SiriusXM with 360L will provide even more audio entertainment content and personalization from SiriusXM.”