How to Play Spotify in the car

What goes best with driving is naturally music, a person, a journey, some of their favorite music, that journey must be great! From the early car CD to today's streaming music services, play directly online or save offline to hear a huge number of songs. When it comes to the most popular music apps, Spotify is definitely on the list. Whether paid or not, you can use it to listen to songs. The difference is that only paid users can play offline, turn off ads, unlimited skip and play any songs on demand. Here we will introduce several ways to listen to Spotify music in your car.

1. Car Thing

In Apr. 2021, Spotify launched a gadget for listening to music in the car called Car Thing, and it's currently free. Right now, it's only available to U.S. Spotify Premium subscribers by invitation only. Users can sign up on a waiting list to get one for free while supplies last, and Spotify says Car Thing will end up costing $79.99. The Car Thing is mounted on the vehicle's dashboard and plugs into a 12-volt power outlet. To use the device, customers need to pair their phone with Car Thing and their car audio system.

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2. Android Auto and Apple Carplay

Spotify has established compatibility with both systems, so if you buy one of the latest aftermarket car radios that support them, then you'll get the royal treatment with full remote control of the Spotify client on your phone, including displaying album art on your dashboard.

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How to use Spotify on Android Auto?

1. Make sure your car or stereo is compatible with Android Auto(

2. If you have Android 9 or below, get the Android Auto app on your phone. (Download it here.) With Android 10, Android Auto is built in – so you don’t need the app to get started.

3. Connect your phone to your car with a USB cable and see Android Auto on your dashboard display. If your car display supports wireless connection, you must pair your phone with your car’s bluetooth for set-up. After set-up, depending on your car, either the phone will automatically connect or the Android Auto app icon will appear on your car display.

How to use Spotify on CarPlay?

1. Make sure your car and iPhone is compatible with CarPlay.

2. Start your car and make sure Siri is on.

3. Plug your phone into the USB port or connect wirelessly.

4. On your iPhone, go to “Settings,” then “General,” then “CarPlay.” Select your car and get listening!

5. Check out Explore Spotify to see if your car offers the Spotify app built into the dashboard. Just to note, some cars require Spotify Premium for integrated listening.

3. Bluetooth

Spotify works very well with most Bluetooth car radios. Sometimes unnecessarily complicated in terms of the car, but once played it works fine. Song titles/artist names are usually displayed on the dashboard, and play/pause/next/previous usually work fine.

1. Turn on Bluetooth on both your mobile device and your stereo.

2. Select your car, enter the pairing code if needed, then play Spotify music.

3. If you have audio controls on your steering wheel, you may now be able to control what you’re listening to from there.

4. AUX or USB cable

If your car has an AUX or USB socket, using a cable is probably one of the fastest ways to connect. Find the AUX or USB socket in your car and plug in the cable.Turn on your car and stereo, select the AUX input, then open Spotify and tap play.

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5. USB drive

There are more models that support USB flash drive for music playback than those that support AUX. Although the U disk listening is old-fashioned, but if you want to listen to some high-fidelity music, such as FLAC or APE music, or do not want to occupy the phone, the U disk is the most convenient way. If you want to USB drive to play Spotify music in the car, you need to save Spotify music to USB drive first, here we will show you how.

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To store and play Spotify muisic from USB drive, you need to download Spotify music to plain formats such as MP3, M4A, etc. This is extremely easy with professional Spotify music downloader - Pazu Spotify Converter.

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1. Run Pazu Spotify Converter

Download, install and run Pazu Spotify Converter on your Mac or Windows. Log in your Spotify account with the built-in Spotify web player.

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2. Select Spotify music.

Use the integrated Spotify web player to search the songs, album, playlist or podcast you want to download. Click the Add to list button to load all songs in the album or playlist, uncheck the songs you don’t want to download if there are any.

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3. Choose output format

Click the gear icon on the top right corner. Here you can select output format (AUTO(M4A)/MP3/AAC/FLAC/WAV/AIFF), choose output audio quality, customize the output path, organize the output files in various ways, rename output files and more.

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4. Download and Convert Spotify Songs to Local

Click Convert button to start downloading the Spotify songs to your local computer.

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Once the conversion is done, you can find your Spotify songs downloaded as local files by clicking below folder button or directly going to the output folder you customized in the previous step.

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Now you can transfer the downloaded Spotify songs to your USB drive and play them in the car.

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