• Sonic RS and Spark models are adding the TuneIn radio app.
  • TuneIn includes worldwide radio.
  • TuneIn is available for free download for smartphone users.

Car shoppers interested in two of Chevrolet's latest models will soon have a new infotainment option to choose from. According to the automaker, the subcompact Sonic RS and Spark will soon add the popular Internet radio app TuneIn, which boasts around 40 million active listeners across the globe.

Chevrolet says the TuneIn app will be compatible with all Sonic RS and Spark models equipped with MyLink, the automaker's in-car touchscreen infotainment system. Owners wishing to use TuneIn must first download the free app to a smartphone that's compatible with MyLink. Once the smartphone pairs to MyLink, users can control the app directly from the infotainment system.

While the highly popular Pandora Internet radio is already available on MyLink, TuneIn gives users an entirely different in-car radio experience. That's because the app connects to streaming radio stations all over the world, giving users a choice between more than 70,000 stations across the globe.

"The TuneIn app for MyLink gives Spark buyers a truly global, personalized infotainment solution," said Sara LeBlanc, GM's global program manager for infotainment. She noted that "buyers around the world will have the ability to listen to electronic music from Europe, a talk show in Africa, or classic rock in L.A., all controlled through the car radio."

According to Chevrolet, users will control TuneIn radio from the "MyLinkRadio" portion of its MyLink infotainment system. In addition to Pandora, MyLinkRadio includes Stitcher, a popular Internet radio service focused on news, information and podcasts. An upcoming app dubbed BringGo is also scheduled to debut later this year. At a cost of around $50, BringGo will give navigation and live traffic alerts, as well as 3D maps, a range calculator and a local search function powered by Google.

Available since July, the Spark is the smallest Chevrolet ever sold in the United States. The subcompact hatchback made news earlier this year when Chevrolet announced it wouldn't include an available CD player, which the automaker chalked up to the changing tastes of young buyers. Meanwhile, the Sonic RS is a turbocharged, sport-tuned version of the automaker's Sonic subcompact, which went on sale late last year.

What it means to you: Look for more automakers to add more apps to their infotainment systems in the coming months and years, just as Chevrolet is doing with TuneIn.

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Jeffrey Archer is fortunate to have turned a passion for cars into a career. His wide-ranging automotive experience includes work for automakers and dealers in addition to covering the news. When not writing, he spends his time searching for unique cars on AutoTrader.com.

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