DICE kits now support browsing from the radio!

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  1. Vagabond

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    We're annoucing our new line and Priuschat is going to sell it!

    DICE Silver
    Many people have wanted it, now you can..
    Browse your iPod on your factory radio!

    What? You don't understand? Allow me to explain. With the DICE kit installed, you'll be able to browse to a artist, album, song or a playlist using the buttons on your steering wheel or headunit. I'll give you an example of a typical day when I'm in my car.

    I'm driving down the 91 and I want to listen to some Massive Attack. I select Artist, then press down til I see Massive Attack on the screen and wait a moment. Whatever I was listening to before stops and Massive Attack begins. But I'm in a bad mood today so I want to hear a specific song. I select Album, then scroll til I see [SIZE=-1]Mezzanine and again I wait a moment. I can then choose the song I wanted to hear, Dissolved Girl.

    Pretty cool, huh? Best of all, you don't need the Navi screen to make this work! The single line display works exactly the same as a car with navigation.

    Now for the details:
    For this to work, you'll need text. So as before for Honda's you will have a XM ready radio and XM itself must be disconnected.
    The iPod will remain locked. This applies to all iPods, not just the current generation.
    3rd generation iPods are no longer supported. (this does not apply to the 3rd gen Nano, they're ok)
    For those who plan on keeping XM, the standard DICE kit will still be available.
    This kit will have the latest updates, including 2008 model support.
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    [SIZE=-1]They will be the same cost as the current kits.


    Any questions about the product, post em! There are no stupid questions, but I reserve the right to give stupid answers. [​IMG]
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    You sure about that? I've got a stupid question... Will it be more reliable on the Prius than the previous DICE unit? Oh, and can we "upgrade"?
     
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    But the current kit allows browsing by albums (or at least I think it does cause it doesn't show the name, just *ALBUM or *PLAYLIST).

    What you're saying is that in addition to that, I can browse a song WITHIN the album which I can't do in the current one, right?
     
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    I have a current model I bought 2 weeks ago and an '08 prius. I know I was going to have to RMA when the changes came out friday, is there a model swap or an upgrade path pther then paying full price for a new one?

    Also, is the wiring harness the same? Makes it easier for thos of us lazy types that dont like console disassembly. haha
     
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    Yup, it's been nice and solid in my 05 and 07, & we'll be doing some final testing on an 08 tomorrow. It's been good in a 08 RX, which has also been a testy car to work with.

    This is how upgrading will work - there will be a fee, depending on how long you've had it. If less than 30 days we'll be charging just enough to cover shipping and labor. If it's more than 30 we'll be charging a little more. I'm not sure what the fees are gonna be. We'll be starting this in a few weeks, after the initial orders for the Silver kits have been fulfilled.
     
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    That's good to know. Please keep us posted.
     
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    I really need to make a video of it in operation since pictures won't do. (MC Green wants to make an installation video, maybe I can do it then)

    Before you couldn't see the name of the album or playlist you were selecting. Now you can, but even better (And you can scroll through artists) - Now I can spin the tune wheel or press up/down on the steering wheel buttons and watch the names of my playlists, artists, etc whip by before choosing one. To select something, you choose what you want to listen to and after a second it starts playing. So navigation is ALOT more powerful and faster.

    And yes, you can now browse to a certain song within an artist or album without issue. No playlist restrictions, everything on the iPod is fully accessible. This will work in both SAT and CD/MP3 modes.
     
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    Simple question: When can I order one of these, and when will I get it.

    Also, what does "The iPod will remain locked" mean?

    - Dan
     
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    For the 08's I personally want to do something a little different for exchanges since the updated code for 08's is for the time being is only going to be included in the Silver line stuff. I'll be doing an exchange for 08 owners only to the Silver, no charge.

    Yes the wiring harness is the same, you just remove the old one and pop in the new one.
     
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    Friday is the expected ship date to Priuschat.

    It means you will no longer be able to use the iPod to choose your music if you had any of the previous generations.

    If you have a Touch or iPhone, everything else will remain unlocked for course, so you can still make calls, etc etc while using it to listen to music.
     
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    ahhh nice.

    So basically anything that was (could be) previously done on the iPod itself is now shown on the screen (hence the "iPod is locked" bit), right?
     
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    The major commands anyway - Song, Playlist, Artist, Album. (Podcasts will sort themselves under Artist or Album depending on how they are labeled)

    And we have to work within the limitations of the car's abilities so no graphics and we're still working with the same 2 lines of text, but it works pretty damn good.
     
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    cool!
     
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    Agreed, that sounds hot!
     
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    A video would be great(all you need is a digital camera and YouTube).
     
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    It worked flawlessly in the 08 in both SAT and Mp3/CD modes!

    In case you can't tell, I'm excited. I'd like all 08 owners who currently have a DICE piece to please PM me their contact info for exchange to the Silver line. If you're looking to purchase a unit, please see the Priuschat shop, as they will be selling it! :D
     
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    I have a 2005 (with NAV) and I want to be certain of what you're saying. Before I would press D2 and use the buttons on the steering wheel to move up and down on Playlists, but I wouldn't see which playlist on the MFD. With the new version, I could see which playlist it is on the MFD and would get to it easily with the tuner knob.
     
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    Yes, but the better part is you can do it very quickly and fine-tune down to a certain song in a playlist. :eek:
     
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    SWEET!!

    The downside is that you can't do this from the iPod itself. Frankly I don't see that as a problem. :)
     
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    This doesn't work with satellite radio equipped vehicles?
     
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