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How to Play Apple Music in the Car

Zoey Wesson
BY Zoey Wesson   
LAST UPDATED: Jan. 12, 2017

Many people enjoy listening to music in the car while driving around a local route or over a long distance. The main benefit of listening to music while you're driving is pretty obvious to everyone: it has more fun. So, if you're a fan of Apple Music, it's natural for you to want to play Apple Music in the car. In this post, we'll introduces several options for you to enjoy Apple Music in your car.

1. Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay is a connectivity solution that casts a familiar iOS interface to the car's infotainment system display, allowing you to select apps and control your device either with said infotainment screen or your voice. Apple CarPlay is designed for connecting your iPhone to the car. So if your car supports CarPlay, you just need to plug your iPhone into the USB port of your Car and start playing your Apple music with the car stereo.

Note: Only iPhone 5 and newer devices can run CarPlay, including the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, the latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. If you're hoping to keep an iPad always plugged in for CarPlay functions, it will not work, unfortunately.

2. Transfer Apple Music to USB Drive to Listen in Car

Apple Music to USB Drive

Is it possible to transfer Apple Music to USB drive for listening in your car? Yes, it is. Although Apple Music cannot be directly copied and played via the USB drive because of the Digital Rights Management, there's a trick that can help you convert the DRM-ed Apple Music songs to unprotected MP3. Here we recommend you try Apple Music Converter, which can remove DRM from Apple Music and convert them to DRM-free format with lossless audio quality and all ID3 tags kept. You can follow this guide to transfer Apple Music to USB drive to listen in car.

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3. Burn Apple Music to A CD

Burn Apple Music to A CD

If your car CD player can play digital formats such as MP3, WAV or WMA then you can try to burn your Apple Music songs onto an audio CD to play in your Car. But the Apple Music is in M4P format which is DRM-protected and not suitable for burning into discs like MP3 CDs. Luckily, we've introduced how to burn Apple Music to CD in earlier time, you can follow it to learn how to convert M4P to MP3 and burn the DRM-free Apple Music songs to a CD. To finish the process, you'll also need help from a professional audio converter called Apple Music Converter.

4. Bluetooth Streaming

luetooth Streaming

Bluetooth streaming is the easiest solution if your iPhone and car stereo support it. You can easily connect your iPhone to your car stereo with a Bluetooth device and play the Apple Music files already on your iPhone using the existing audio system. Let's see how to set up Bluetooth streaming step by step:

  • Check your car's stereo's user manual for how to pair with a Bluetooth device.

  • Swipe up to open "Control Center" on your iOS device, then tap the Bluetooth icon to turn Bluetooth off and back on.

  • Now restart your iOS device and unpair your car stereo on your iOS device after that. On your car's display, unpair your iOS device and any other devices. Restart your car and your iOS device, then pair and connect again.

  • Update your iOS device and install any firmware updates for your car stereo.

  • If you cannot connect, then contact Apple Support.


For those who just want to play Apple Music from their iPhone, then the best options is probably just plug it in. For those who want more capability such as keep the Apple Music for offline playback even after the subscription ends, then burn the Apple Music to CD or save them to a USB drive. Be sure to let us know if we missed anything or if you have any other questions.


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