GM's Pause And Play Radio: It's Like A DVR For Your Car Stereo

Just a few years back, car stereos were fairly lackluster from the factory. To get any sort of serious audio within the automobile, you had to turn to complicated aftermarket installs. At some point between then and now, automakers have seemingly figured out that consumers are demanding more right from the showroom floor, and with Ford integrating SYNC into nearly every car it makes, General Motors had to step up and do something.

That something is Pause and Play, which is a unique new feature that is built into 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. Basically, the feature allows you to hear something on your radio, mash pause when you get to your destination, and hop back in to hear the rest. This is also handy if you receive a call right in the middle of a heated debate on your favorite talk radio show. You know if we're talking about you.

Currently, the feature only has enough memory to store up to 20 minutes of audio for play back at a later time. It's also scheduled to come to the new Buick Regal and Chevrolet Cruze in due time, but there's no mention of a longer buffer time in the future. Now, if only there were an easy way to transport missed clips from the radio to your iPod as you step out of the car for work, we could really see this taking off.