MINI's Connected system, borrowed and reworked from corporate parent BMW, and its Pandora and Twitter app capabilities, were announced back in August, but today at the 2011 CES, we've learned a few more details.

Unfortunately, what we learned is that it's a slower process than you might expect. Five months after the first word on the topic, MINI today announced it is "collaborating" with Pandora to deliver the first third-party app for MINI Connected. The good news: it will be available to all 2011 MINIs equipped with the system, for free.

When, exactly, the app will show up for download, we can't tell you. We're here in Las Vegas for the CES, though, so we'll bring you whatever we can uncover as the event unfolds, including a video demo of the system in its current state.