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Aupeo - a German Pandora - to close down

By James Cridland for media.info
Posted 30 October 2016, 7.10pm edt

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Aupeo - or, to give it its proper capitalisation, AUPEO! - will close at the end of November, it's been announced.

Aupeo was a similar service to Pandora, and allowed users to choose "radio" channels based on their music likes and dislikes. The service also included some third-party audio, like news, weather and other content. It was available for a monthly fee, and installable into many different auto manufacturer entertainment systems.

Users of the service have been sent an email, reading:

The AUPEO! Service will cease general public operations on November 30, 2016, at which time your AUEPO! Service subscription and the Aupeo Terms of Use will terminate. Therefore we herewith provide notice of termination with effect as of November 30, 2016. Please erase/delete the AUPEO! App from your smartphone. If you are a Premium Subscriber, no further monthly charges will be placed on your credit card after October 31, 2016.

We appreciate your use of the AUPEO! Service. Your personal data remains protected as explained in the Aupeo Privacy Policy (available at www.aupeo.com). For questions regarding your personal data, please send an email (in English or German) to privacy@aupeo.com ; for other questions, please send an email to support@aupeo.com.

This notice does not pertain to drivers of Audi vehicles.

Thank you.

This notice also appears on their website.

Aupeo was launched in 2008, and was acquired by Panasonic in 2013 for their car infotainment business. I blogged about it in 2011. Their blog has been dormant since January 2014, but I understand the product was installed in over 2m cars from a set of different brand names.

James Cridland — James is the Managing Director of media.info, and a radio futurologist: a consultant, writer and public speaker who concentrates on the effect that new platforms and technology are having on the radio business. His website is at james.cridland.net, where you can subscribe to his weekly newsletter.
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