Shift, Break, Play, Skip: Audio-on-demand Technology Platform Acast Enables Podcast Navigation and Streaming, Using Existing Automobile Controls

June 20th, 2017

Acast (www.acast.com), the world’s leading technology platform for on-demand audio and podcasting, today announced integration support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Users who have downloaded the Acast app can now safely navigate Acast audio content using their existing car display and controls to stream podcasts on-demand. As a result of the integrations, Acast is available in over 250 car models from over 40 different car manufacturers.

“The entire radio industry is in the midst of a seismic shift from traditional broadcasting to Internet streaming, and Acast’s automobile integration is bringing that on-demand flexibility to the car, which is the second most popular place where people listen to podcasts,” said Karl Rosander Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Acast. “Drivers can now easily engage with Acast’s enormous library of podcasts safely, without ever looking down at their phones, wherever and whenever they want.”

The car integration technology will be available through hundreds of car models functioning with Apple Carplay (www.apple.com/ios/carplay/available-models) and Android Auto (www.android.com/auto). Podcast fans can listen to what they want, when they are ready to hear it, creating a more personalized audio storytelling experience.

In order to make app navigation as safe and convenient as possible for the driving listener, Acast has streamlined its features:

  • Categories: Quickly select news, sports, business etc. and receive suggestions based on what is popular on Acast.
  • Downloads: In the event of poor internet connectivity, or when driving abroad, Acast users can still listen to any previously downloaded episodes.
  • Feed: Stay up to date and get the latest episodes of the shows users subscribe to.
  • My Shows: A collection of all shows users subscribe to for when they want to stick to their favorites.

“Our mission at Acast is to continuously deliver great shows to our listeners, no matter where they are listening from,” continued Rosander. “Our auto integrations with Apple and Google will provide a drastic upgrade to the quality and variety of audio media available for drivers, who are increasingly looking for more dynamic content when they are on the road.”

Acast’s car integration comes as demand for driver infotainment is projected (www.gsma.com/iot/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/cl_ma_forecast_06_13.pdf) to continue its threefold growth into 2018.

For more information, visit www.acast.com.

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About Acast Acast is the world’s leading technology infrastructure for audio on demand and podcasts. Founded in 2014 by Karl Rosander and Mans Ulvestam, Acast is a free-to-use technology platform connecting listeners, podcast creators and advertisers in a fully integrated, one-stop shop. Acast currently has more than 56 million monthly listens to more than 1,400 shows around the world. Founded in 2014, the company is headquartered in Stockholm, and has offices in London, New York City, Los Angeles, and Sydney. The Acast app is available for download from the Microsoft Store, iTunes and Google Play.