updated 12:00 am EST, Tue November 29, 2011
Ford Sync now takes Slacker voice commands
Ford's Sync system gained a new choice for AppLink direct control through Slacker. Those with updated versions of Slacker for iOS (App Store), Android Market), or BlackBerry (App World) can both stream radio from 3G or 4G to the car stereo system as well as use voice commands to start playback, skip, ban, or favorite tracks without touching the phone. Controls work both for online and for cached tracks.
The option provides the full range of access depending on what subscribers are willing to pay. Free access behaves more like traditional radio with ads, no on-demand picks, and a limited number of skips per hour. Upgrading to Radio Plus at $4 per month removes ads, allows unlimited skips, adds lyrics, caches automatic stations, and lets users personalize ESPN. Premium at $10 per month brings full on-demand control and caching along with playlists.
Support takes effect immediately and only needs an updated app and a car with Sync AppLink. Along with earlier cars, Ford stresses that Sync is an option on the Expedition, E-series, F-150, Fiesta, Fusion, Mustang, Shelby GT500, and Super Duty. Lincoln's MKZ and Navigator variants have Sync standard.