How to Listen to Apple Music in a Car

Updated by Adam Gorden on Nov 16, 2022 5:00 AM.

Listening to Apple Music in a car has been a very pleasant experience for most people. Many car owners prefer to listen to Apple Music when they are driving outside. With the crystal-clear music, it can make yourself refreshed and reduce any annoyance and dullness during your trip or the commute between work and home. However, some car owners or music enthusiasts may not be so familiar with the car stereo and Apple Music. To help people to get better use of Apple Music on the car stereo, we'll uncover some instructions about using Apple Music in car.

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Part 1. How to Listen to Apple Music in a Car
    Method 1. Use Apple Music Mobile App
    Method 2. Use USB or AUX-IN Port
    Method 3. Use Bluetooth Connection
    Method 4. Use FM transmitter
    Method 5. Use Apple CarPlay
    Method 6. Use Android Auto
    Method 7. Use USB Flash Drive
Part 2. How to Play Apple Music Files in a Car
Part 3. How to Stop Apple Music from Automatically Playing in a Car

Part 1. How to Listen to Apple Music in a Car

We've collected and added the most popular 7 methods for car drivers to listen to Apple Music in a car device. Please take these suggestions.

Method 1. Use Apple Music Mobile App

For starters, car drivers can bring Apple Music to more places with their own phone devices, however is not safe without the voice assistances such as Siri or Alexa and some functions to drive the most concern to driving.

On iPhone: Use "Hey, Siri" or press the Home/Side button and make a request to make sure Siri is on. After that, please turn on Driving focus to filter out most notifications: Settings > Focus > Driving, then follow the on-screen instructions to set up some options like Allowed Notifications. After that, open the Music app to stream music online.

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On Android: Press the Home button to activate Alexa or from here to download and install the Alexa app to use Alexa as the Default Voice assistant on the Android device: Settings > Search > Phone assistance app or Default Digital Assistant > Alexa.

iPhone users can even have the benefits to make Apple Music louder in a car device:

Method 2. Use USB or AUX-IN Port

If there's USB or AUX-IN port in the car device, it's convenient to connect the iPhone or Android device to play Apple Music in the car with the voice assistance. You need to prepare a provided and correct USB or AUX-IN cable to perform these steps.

On iPhone: Prior to driving, make sure Siri is on. After that, start the car and connect the iPhone device to the car device with a Lightning cable or wireless. You can now launch the Apple Music app from the built-in screen and stream music online.

On Android: Prior to driving, make sure Alexa is on. After that, start the car and connect the Android device to the car device with a USB cable for connection.

You can start playing Apple Music from your device and it will stream the music to the car audio player.

Method 3. Use Bluetooth Connection

Sometime if you don't want a cable connecting, you may also try pairing your device to your car head unit via Bluetooth.

On iPhone: Restart the device, then use Settings > Bluetooth, turn off Bluetooth for about 5 secs, then turn it back on. In the car, pair with iPhone.

On Android: Swipe down from the top of the phone screen, make sure Bluetooth is on and hold on the Bluetooth icon to see [Your car's name] under Available devices or tap More button > Refresh to find it. Tap [Your car's name] to pair both the devices via Bluetooth.

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When it is paired successfully, Apple Music playing on your device will be streamed to the touch-screen car audio system automatically. You can listen to Apple Music songs in the car online.

Method 4. Use FM transmitter

Or if your car system doesn't support Bluetooth, you can simply get a FM transmitter. After connecting it with your device, it can help you transmit songs which is playing from Apple Music on your device. Then you can turn on the FM receiver on your car to receive and your music will be streamed in the car.

Method 5. Use Apple CarPlay

Most car devices support either CarPlay using the USB port or wireless CarPlay. Based on the car device, choose one of the options to use your iPhone in the car.

For CarPlay using the USB port: Plug your iPhone into the USB port of your car or stereo. The USB port might be labeled with a CarPlay icon or a smartphone icon.

For wireless CarPlay: Press and hold the voice command button on your steering wheel to set up CarPlay. Or make sure your car is in wireless or Bluetooth pairing mode. From the iPhone's Home Screen, go to Settings > General > CarPlay > Available Cars, then choose [Your car's name].

Method 6. Use Android Auto

With Android Auto, it's convenient for car owners to listen to Apple Music and so much more with an active Apple Music subscription in car devices.

Note: Your Android phone or tablet needs to be on Android 5.0 Lollipop or later to download the Apple Music app. Please also make sure the Apple Music and Android Auto appsare either installed or up-to-date.

On Android: Prior to driving, connect the Android device to the car device. From the car's display panel, open Android Auto > Apple Music app. You can now stream Apple Music.

Method 7. Use USB Flash Drive

For a USB car, a USB flash drive can be the best option to listen to Apple Music offline, which save the most mobile data cost. If have purchased their favorite Apple Music, please also confirm whether the car stereo support Apple's AAC audio file format.

For a USB flash drive: Put all the downloaded music files on a USB drive and plug the flash drive into the USB port. Later the USB port can read the music files on it.

But there's more much supported audio files formats like MP3. Please also consider to have benefits to use a powerful Apple Music converter like ViWizard Audio Converter to convert Apple Music contents into a supported audio file format.

Part 2. How to Play Apple Music Files in a Car

With an iPhone or Android device, you can enjoy Apple Music in the car in multiple ways. However, if your car is not compatible with the Apple Music app, what can you do? Since Apple Music is a subscription which can only be played within its own app, do you lose the privilege forever? Take it easy. What we can assure you here is that there is definitely another solution.

The main reason why all the songs from Apple Music can't be played with other media players is because they are protected by DRM copyright. As a result, you cannot play and distribute Apple Music freely. To eliminate this annoyance, you can use a DRM cracker to help you break DRM from Apple Music and convert songs to universal audio files like MP3. After that, there won't be any limitations.

Among all the Apple Music DRM removal tools, we would recoomed a special designed software called ViWizard Audio Converter to you. For its high performance and user-friendly design, it can easily help you convert Apple Music songs to unpritected audios. Then you can play them in your car without using the Apple Music app.

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Key Features of ViWizard Apple Music Converter

  • Support the conversion of Apple Music, iTunes audios, and Audible books
  • Convert Apple Music to FLAC, M4A, M4B, WAV, AAC, and MP3 losslessly
  • Remove the built-in protection from Apple Music, iTunes, and Audible
  • Handle the conversion of audios in batch at the faster speed of 30×
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1Add Apple Music files to the converter

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Launch the software on your comptuer after completing the installation. You can click Add Files on the main interface to find Apple Music songs which you already downloaded and then select the music you want to convert.

2Set MP3 as the output audio format

set output format to MP3

Generally MP3 is the most popular format which supposed to be supported by any audio player in the car, so MP3 is recommended. Click the Format button to set the output audio format, bit rate, sample rate, channel, and codec for Apple Music.

3Start to export Apple Music to MP3

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Now click the Convert button to start the conversion of Apple Music. Then ViWizard Audio Converter will help you remove DRM from Apple Music and export unprotected Apple Music songs to the folder you specified.

4Play Apple Music in car via USB

After conversion, you will have full control over those unprotected Apple Music files. You can either transfer those files to a USB drive or your device. Then you can directly stream Apple Music in the car through USB drive. For your device, you can try the similar ways to connect it via Bluetooth, transmitter or an USB cable to stream Apple Music to your car entertainment system.

Part 3. How to Stop Apple Music from Automatically Playing in Car

Although you can easily control the playback of Apple Music in the car using CarPlay or AutoPlay, there still some errors about using Apple Music in car. Sometimes, Apple Music would automatically playing music in the car. So, how to step Apple Music from automatically playing in car? Here are some solutions available for you.

Option 1. Turn down the volume

The direct way is to turn down the volume when Apple Music automatically plays music in the car. But it doesn't completely solve your problem.

Option 2. Turn off auto-play settings in the car

There will be a chance for you to turn off auto-play in the car. You can scan through all music & connectivity options to find the switch then turn on the feature.

Option 3. Ask Siri to stop playing Apple Music in the car

If you use CarPlay to control the playback of Apple Music in the car, you can ask Siri to control CarPlay. Simply ask Siri to stop playing Apple Music in the car using a voice command.

Option 4. Turn off CarPlay to stop from playing Apple Music

For those users who use CarPlay to play Apple Music in the car, you can directly turn off CarPlay. Simply open the Settings app, go to Content & Privacy Restrictions then turn off CarPlay.


That's all, and if you are a subscriber to Apple Music, you could use the above methods to play Apple Music in the car when you are driving outside. Or you can think about using ViWizard Audio Converter to get DRM-free Apple Music files, then you can freely enjoy Apple Music in the car without limits.


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