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6 Ways to Play Spotify Music in the Car

Services like Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music and other streaming music solutions are fantastic when you’re at home, commuting or working out, but what happens when you’re in your car driving around a local route or over a long distance? Want to take Spotify on the road? Then you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we will show you several ways to listen to Spotify music in your vehicle.

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This is by far the easiest way to connect your phone to your car. If your car stereo has a USB or AUX-IN port, you can directly connect your smartphone, tablet, or computer to it via a cable.

Note: Check the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure you have the correct cable for your device.

Connecting your smartphone or other devices via USB cable might let you adjust the track selection from your car stereo’s control panel.

Connecting via AUX-IN will only let you control the volume via the control panel. To skip forward or back a track, you have to do it on your smartphone.

Some car stereos have built-in bluetooth functionality. Spotify is very well compatible with most Bluetooth car radios. To listen to Spotify in the car via Bluetooth, you’ll need to pair your smartphone, tablet, or computer that has Spotify on it with the car stereo, which is the same with pairing with any other bluetooth-enabled device.

Step 1: Enable bluetooth on your smartphone, tablet, or computer and car stereo.

Step 2: In the bluetooth settings on your smartphone, tablet, or computer, connect to your car stereo.

Step 3: Open Spotify in your smartphone, tablet, or computer and play your song.

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Spotify has built compatibility with both of Android Auto or Apple CarPlay so if you have one of the latest aftermarket car radios that support these systems then you get the royal treatment with full remote control of the Spotify client on your phone.

Android Auto:

Android Auto is Google's solution for bringing the power of your smartphone to the relatively dumb nature of vehicle infotainment. It is designed with safety in mind. With larger touch targets, a simplified interface, and easy-to-use voice actions, it's designed to minimize distraction so you can stay focused on the road. Once connected your Android phone to a compatible vehicle, you can use Android Auto right on your car display.

Steps to Play Spotify Music in the Car via Android Auto:

  • Log into the Spotify app on your Android phone.
  • Connect your phone via USB to an Android Auto compatible stereo.
  • If Spotify is already playing, it will keep playing. Otherwise, start Spotify on your stereo display.

Note: Android Auto requires Android Lollipop, version 5.0, or higher.

Apple CarPlay:

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Apple CarPlay is designed to use your iPhone in the car. It is available on all iPhone 5 and later with at least iOS 7.1. CarPlay enables a car radio or head unit to be a display and also act as a controller for an iPhone. It takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them right on your car’s built-in display. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music, all in a way that allows you to put down your phone and stay focused on the road.

Steps to Play Spotify Music in the Car via Apple CarPlay:

  • Log into the Spotify app on your iPhone.
  • Connect your iPhone via USB to a CarPlay compatible stereo.
  • Play Spotify music on your stereo display or through voice command with Siri.

Note: Spotify on CarPlay is available for select new vehicles and 2014 or later aftermarket car stereos.

The Parrot Asteroid is an in-car multimedia infotainment system that provides a foundation for an in-car real-time computing experience. It has a native Spotify client. With that client you can play Spotify even when you don't have your phone with you, using a data connection over a dongle or offline stored music. That system has excellent voice recognition.

To play Spotify Music in your car via Parrot, you need download the Spotify app to your Parrot Asteroid Smart through the ASTEROID market, log into Sptify app, and then you can directly enjoy your offline stored Spotify music in your car. So if you want to stream Spotify in the car through Parrot, you must be a Spotify Premium.

Four different ways to play Spotify music in the car are listed above. But most of them center around playing music from your iPhone, Android smartphone or tablet with internet connection, otherwise need the Spotify Premium subscription. What if you are a Spotify Free user and want to stream Spotify music in the car without internet connection? Then you need remove DRM lock from Spotify Music first to get the DRM-free Spotify music, and transfer them to USB drive for playback in your car.

Sidify Music Converter for Spotify is an excellent Spotify Music Downloader, which can help you remove DRM from Spotify music, download music from Spotify for free easily, and convert them to MP3, AAC, FLAC or WAV with 100% original quality.

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Tutorial about How to transfer Spotify Music to USB Drive:

Step 1: Download and install this powerful porgram -- Sidify Music Converter for Spotify

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Step 2. Click the Menu button button on the top-right interface, and then choose Registration in the drop-down list, you will get the register window below.

Step 3. Click the setting button on the top-right to choose output format. In Convert settings, you can choose output format (MP3, AAC, FLAC or WAV), conversion mode (Spotify Record or YouTube Download), output quality (High 320kbps, medium 256kbps, low 128kbps).

Step 4. When finish customization, click "Convert" button to start conversion. After conversion done, you can find the converted audios by clicking history button.

Step 5: Insert the USB drive into a USB port on your computer, and then open the output folder and copy your converted Spotify Music to USB Drive.

Detailed tutorial: How to Transfer Spotify Music to USB to Play in the Car

In addition to transfer DRM-free Spotify music to USB dive, you can also burn Spotify music to a CD for enjoying in the car with the help of Sidify Music Converter for Spotify. Spotify Music Converter supports to burn converted music to CD directly without the need of installing other CD burners. After the conversion, you can open the history list, then insert a blank CD Disc on your computer, click on “Share” button and choose "Burn CD" in the drop-down list to start the burning process. In this way, you can easily burn your favorite Spotify music to CD and put them on your car for enjoying.

Detailed tutorial: How to Burn Spotify Music to CD

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Final Word:

Planning a road trip? Long drive ahead? If you’re bored of radio in your trip, then please bring Spotify. All the way to enjoy Spotify music in your car are listed above: Cable, Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Parrot, transfer Spotify to USB or burn to a CD. Choose one method from them as you prefer, then enjoy your trip!


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