• Jan 21st 2010 at 5:31PM
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Here's another feature you can include in the 2011 Buick Regal purchase price: Pause and Play radio. It's already a feature on some of General Motors' higher-end vehicles like the Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac CTS, and will be introduced on the Regal and Chevrolet Cruze.
Working like your cable TV DVR, Pause and Play allows you to save up to 20 minutes of whatever's playing on the radio, even XM or Sirius. That it's coming on the Buick is only to be expected. That it's coming on the Cruze is good news from GM, allowing us to believe even more and more in a future of full-featured little domestic cars on decent budgets. So, SYNC... take that!

[Source: GM]
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Never Miss a Beat: Pause and Play Radio Will Wait for You

You're driving along listening to your favorite radio station and a commercial playing contains a website address you want to check out. But you can't – or shouldn't – be writing while driving. Wouldn't it be great to just hit a pause button on the radio?

Now you can.

Pause and play radio is a built-in feature of the High Navigation Radio in the Chevrolet Equinox, Buick LaCrosse, GMC Terrain and Cadillac SRX as well as the Cadillac CTS Jukebox and Navigation radio, on which it debuted in 2008. Pause and play is coming soon to the new Buick Regal and Chevrolet Cruze.

Just like digital video recording at home that lets you capture live broadcasts and take a break while watching, pause and play radio lets you stop a live broadcast, record up to 20 minutes, and play it back later. It's as simple as pushing the radio reverse button.

But say you're listening to a football game on XM Satellite Radio, and your gas gauge is running down with the game clock. Do you risk running out of fuel to catch the end of the game?

No worries.

Before shutting off the vehicle, the driver can press the radio pause button, shut off their vehicle, get out and fill up, get back in the vehicle and start it, push the radio play button and resume listening to the game it stopped.

The content is stored on an embedded hard drive within the radio. Listeners can fast-forward and reverse playback as desired.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh my god....
      They are finally moving the car radio forward from 1992.
      It is about time.
      I have been harping on this for years.

      I knew I couldn't be the only person in the country that mishears something on the radio and instinctively reaches to rewind it like I have been able to do with my tv for years now.
      I am freshly disappointed each and every time it happens.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great features like this and the auxiliary inputs/outputs are decades overdue. I'm still dumbfounded that the stereo in my '05 Tucson still dumps the presets and tone settings when the battery is unplugged. Non-volatile memory has been around a long time and it's cheap, why not use it?

      • 5 Years Ago
      While it's a novel idea, comparing this to SYNC is like comparing a slide rule to a scientific calculator... especially for someone like me doesn't even listen to anything besides MP3's and podcasts in the car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the stab at SYNC was a bit of a joke. Regardless, it's a neat feature. Ford would be smart to integrate it into SYNC.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...stupid AB comment system.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the stab at SYNC was a bit of a joke on AB's part. Regardless, it's a neat feature and I think Ford would be smart to integrate it into SYNC.
      • 5 Years Ago
      CarPCs have been doing this for years....congrats!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I remember a Sirus radio I was using in a friend's car had this feature. Was pretty smart, too bad the cache would delete once the car was turned off, lol, which makes sense.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds like a good feature that the RIAA would once again oppose like a small child who didn't get his candy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      WOW. First the joke they call onstar, then batmobile wings and wheel flares and now a radio that pauses. Not sure if these break throughs are in the correct order but what is next. I can't take anymore........
        • 5 Years Ago
        What is wrong with onstar?
        Does it have functionality issues or something?
        Because I have always thought its basic essence was a great idea.

        I have been surprised that other manufacturers haven't used sensors and GPS to auto-trigger 911 calls upon accidents.
        You really wouldn't even need the monthly costs as 911 calls must be accepted by the cell systems regardless.
      • 5 Years Ago
      20 minutes? 20 whole minutes of audio storage? Wow, what is that, like a 4 MB chip in there?

      Good grief, GM, I have 1 GB sd cards lost in my sofa cushions. If I can find a few and send them to your Buick factory, can you give us at least an hour or two of recording time on that newfangled stereo? Thanks.
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