The Asteroid Smart supports music playback from USB, Apple devices, SD cards, and the radio. File support includes standard MP3s. Lossless FLAC/OGG is not supported natively, though this can be circumvented by using VLC. You can access and play back audio based on track information, folder, or from a list of all accessible files. CD covers are displayed on-screen if there's an image inside the containing folder. Parrot's native app works fine, though we tended to use Spotify for streaming and VLC for FLAC playback.
We attempted to connect a 500 GB portable USB hard drive loaded with 400 GB of music, but were stymied by the playback app's folder and file limit. This isn't an issue limited to Parrot; we've seen the same behavior from many OEM systems, too.
If you can't live without SiriusXM satellite radio, you'll need to side-load the streaming app or attach a portable receiver to the line input, since the Asteroid Smart doesn't have built-in satellite radio support and Parrot doesn't sell an add-on tuner. Personally, this isn't a problem for me. Parrot does provide the Spotify app, and I'd rather pay $10 a month for that. Alternatively, you can side-load Pandora or another Android-based music app.
Voice commands on the Asteroid Smart work with your phone contacts and music playback. The included stereo mic is excellent, and we had zero issues navigating our contacts while driving. Stepping through a music collection is also pretty easy (unless of course you hook up a big fat external hard drive that can't be indexed). We weren't expecting it, but voice search works with Spotify too, allowing you to find artists and songs without taking your hands off of the steering wheel. That's a nice touch.
Not all is perfect, though. Our older test vehicle has a voice command button that successfully activates the voice command feature, but you have to manually choose whether you want to search through music or phone contacts through the touchscreen, somewhat defeating the purpose of the steering wheel button. Ideally, you'd want the button to bring up the menu and then prompt you to speak your selection.
What is the real deal killer is the mediocre audio - you would have thought that they could have gotten this right as the technology for quality audio has been around for at least 15 years.
You can do that but it won't look as nice nor would your steering wheel controls work.
The audio quality is fine, just the function is lacking. I believe they have TomTom on the Asteroid Market now too for those that dislike iGo.
Will not look as nice though.
Some people want a clean look that doesn't require slapping their phone on the dash or just want an upgrade from the plane factory setup, maybe an old factory navigation setup. The removal of tactile feedback and controls are typically with cheaper cars, the luxury vehicles still have buttons. But 7-years down the road, you could probably replace this Parrot with a 4th or 5th generation unit :).
He's probably talking about GPS software, ie TomTom or Garmin