Finally. Google has released its first app for Apple CarPlay with Google Play Music subscribers who interact with the service via Google’s native iOS app, now have the additional benefit of being able to access their music via a CarPlay-enabled vehicle thanks to the latest update.
Many people have been crying out for Google to update the Google Maps or Waze app to offer this type of functionality for Apple CarPlay, but that hasn’t materialized as yet.
However, this latest update means that Google Play Music is the first Google mobile offering to offer that level of compatibility with CarPlay. This, of course, is directly beneficial to users who not only use Google Play Music but who also have a CarPlay-enabled vehicle, and instantly means that all of their music is accessible in the vehicle.
The dedicated CarPlay app is broken down into a Home section, Recents, the user’s Music Library, and individual Stations. What this means is that subscribers with a compatible vehicle will be able to instantly access their own playlists, custom created radio selections, and everything that’s stored in their own library, with the intention being to play that through the vehicle.
This may be the first Google-made app to officially support Apple’s CarPlay, but it’s yet another string on the bow for CarPlay when it comes to subscription-based music apps. It’s fair to assume that the majority of drivers will take the opportunity 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.
For those that have the app installed, it’s worth updating. Anyone who is looking for a new music subscription service, Google Play Music offers a free tiered account with 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 ads and essentially makes it a non-restricted, all access account for all listeners.