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How to Control Spotify with Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay is a powerful driving assistant that can help you reduce distractions and use your iPhone more intelligently and safely. You can use it to make calls, send & receive messages, get directions, enjoy music, and more. With Apple CarPlay, everything on your iPhone can be accessed at the tips of your fingers.

Spotify, the King of the music streaming service, is also available on Apple CarPlay. It’s quite easy to control Spotify with Apple CarPlay, yet some users reported that they encounter problems with the Spotify app on CarPlay from time to time.

In this article, we are going to not only show you the regular way to control Spotify with Apple CarPlay, but also an alternative way to access Spotify in your car if you encounter any problem with the Spotify app on Apple CarPlay.

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Part 1: How to Control Spotify with Apple CarPlay

One of the most amazing features of Apple CarPlay is that you can use Siri to control CarPlay.

* If Siri is not enabled on your iPhone, go to Settings > Siri Search, and make sure you turn on the Siri function.

Quick Guide:

  • 1. Plug your phone into the CarPlay USB port of your car.
  • 2. On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > CarPlay > Available Cars.
  • 3. Choose your car from the Available Cars list.
  • 4. Press the voice control on the steering wheel or hold the CarPlay Home button on your touchscreen. Siri will then appear, and you should be ready to use the Apple CarPlay features.

You can then control Spotify on Apple CarPlay via voice command with Siri.

*CarPlay also works with your car’s controls – knob, buttons touchpad, or touchscreen.


Part 2: A Particular Way to Access Spotify in Your Car

If you encounter problems when trying to listen to Spotify on Apple CarPlay, you can use Sidify Music Converter to save Spotify songs as MP3 files, transfer the MP3 files to a USB flash drive and then play the downloaded Spotify songs in your car through the USB.

Sidify Music Converter is an easy-to-use tool that can convert Spotify tracks to MP3/AAC/WAV/FLAC/AIFF/ALAC, fully supporting Windows 7, 8, 10, 11 and macOS 10.11 – 12 Monterey. It keeps original audio quality and retains ID3 tags after conversion. With Sidify Music Converter, you can download music from Spotify to your local drive. You own the songs and can transfer them to wherever you want for normal playback.

Without further ado, let’s get straight to the detailed steps:

Step 1 Open Sidify Music Converter

Download, install and launch Sidify Music Converter, you'll see an interface demonstrated as below. Your Spotify app would be opened automatically at the same time.

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Step 2 Add Spotify Music to Sidify

Drag & drop a song, an album, or a playlist from the Spotify app to Sidify. It'll analyze the link and display all the songs. You can then select the songs that you'd like to export as .mp3 and then click OK.

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Step 3 Choose MP3 as Output Format

Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner. Here you can choose the output format (MP3/AAC/WAV/FLAC/AIFF/ALAC), select the output quality, specify the output folder, and so on.

choose mp3 as output format

Step 4 Export Spotify Songs as MP3 Files

Click the Convert button and Sidify Music Converter would immediately start exporting the Spotify songs as .mp3 to the output path.

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Step 5 Find the MP3 Files

Once the conversion is done, you can click the Converted tab to check & locate the Spotify songs that have been downloaded successfully. You can also go to the output folder to find the well-downloaded Spotify tracks.

find mp3 files

Now simply transfer the Spotify music to your USB and connect the USB to your car. You can then start listening to them with your car’s built-in media player.

Note: Sidify Music Converter can be downloaded for free. The free trial enables you to convert the first 3-minute audio from Spotify for sample testing. You can purchase the full version to unlock the time limit.



Part 3: FAQs about Apple CarPlay

CarPlay is compatible with the following iPhone models. You must have an iPhone 5 or later version.

supported iphone by carplay

The first ones that supported Apple CarPlay were Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo. It’s now available on over 600 models. Check all models that work with CarPlay >>

You can check the details on whatever audio is currently playing via an app named Now Playing, which can be accessed from the Home Screen. If you are already in an audio app, just tap the audio graph icon in the upper-right corner.

Important Notes

Sidify strictly complies with the US copyright regulations. We adopt a leading technology to record the unencrypted audio data which is outputted to the system sound device, with the highest quality.

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