Google Play Music for iOS now works with Apple CarPlay, is the first app released now allows subscribers to interact with the service via Google’s native iOS app, also have additional benefit of being able to access their music via a CarPlay-enabled vehicle thanks to the latest update.
Subscribers to Google Play Music can now access the on-demand service via Apple’s CarPlay which bridges iPhone apps with in-dash interfaces in compatible vehicles. Many people have been crying for Google to update the Google Maps or Waze app to offer this type of functionality for Apple CarPlay, but instead that hasn’t materialized as yet. Nevertheless, The Google Play Music CarPlay app is sectioned off into Home.
We really don’t know how many Android fans who’ve brought into Google’s ecosystem would favor CarPlay over Android Auto, but may-be Apple’s in-car software is your only choice. If that’s the case, you can at least now stream from the Google Play Music iPhone app using Apple’s finger-friendly in-car software.
This latest update however means that Google Play Music is the first Google mobile offering to lend that level of compatibility with CarPlay. This is directly beneficial to those users who not only use Play Music but who also have a CarPlay-enabled vehicle, and instantly means that all of their music is accessible in the vehicle itself.
The dedicated CarPlay app interface is divided into Home, Recents, Music Library and Stations sections. What actually this means is that subscribers with a compatible vehicle will be able to instantly access their own playlists, custom created radio stations, and everything that’s stored in their own library, with only intention being to play that through the vehicle.
To get CarPlay, Play Music users must update to the latest app, then connect to a vehicle via Wi-Fi ot a Lightning cable (AUX), depending on the car’s implementation. It may be necessary to rearrange CarPlay’s Home screen icons to see Pay Music on the front page, but this can be done through the General section of the iOS 10 Settings app.
Here’s the steps: Settings > General > CarPlay > My Car and rearranging the app icon from the virtual Home screen.
This may be the first Google-made app to officially support Apple’s CarPlay, but it’s rather another string on the bow for CarPlay when it comes to subscription-based music apps. It’s fair to say a majority of drivers will definitely take advantage to listen to music whilst on the move, which makes these types of apps extremely popular. Google has clearly recognized this and joined the likes of Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music and Pandora in supporting the in-car experience.
Indeed, Play Music is Google’s first app to appear on the platform. While Apple so far appears to be blocking navigation apps other than its own. For those that have the app installed, it’s worth updating now. Anyone who is looking for a new music subscription service, Google Play Music offers its best and free tiered account wuth the ability to store up to 50,000 songs supported by ads. There’s also a paid tier at $9.99 per month which removes the nasty ads and essentially makes it a non-restricted, all access account for all listeners.
Google Play Music is a free download from the App Store, but the subscription service includes free features as well as a premium plan that starts paying dollars.
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