What are the best Apple CarPlay apps?

CarPlay is Apple's way of bringing iOS to your car's built-in display. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive mesages, and listen to music while remaining focused on the road. If your daily drive is a drag, these CarPlay apps for iPhone could make your daily commute far more endurable. 

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    #1Audible

    Audible

    Audible is home to a library of over 180,000 audiobooks, podcasts, and Audible Channels. This tool comes with a complete customization of your listening experience. 

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Check price

    Andrew Walters
    Written on April 3, 2019
    "One of the best carplay apps that I really enjoy. Perfect companion when I'm driving without being too worried and I'm able to tolerate the more than usual hours of driving. After the free trial, I have it now"
  2. 11

    #2Spotify

    Spotify

    Spotify is a music streaming platform that features plenty of functions to help users discover new music. It comes with curated and shared playlists, suggested radio stations, and related artists - all based on your likes and listens.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Zhao Dong
    Written on April 3, 2019
    "Perfect Apple CarPlay app for me. This has all I need as I don't need to keep focusing on switching songs because I have my playlists ready when driving"
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    #3Overcast

    Overcast

    Overcast is an audio podcast player which allows you to download podcasts, to listen to them anywhere and anytime and to create your own playlists with your favorite radio shows.

    Apps

    Web, iOS

    Gary Weaver
    Written on April 3, 2019
    "I didn't want to pay so I got the free version but its alright since I get full CarPlay support and a robust feature set that makes listening to music easy. Really great CarPlay app"

WHAT’S THE MEANING?

CarPlay was previously known as “iOS in the Car.” It takes the user interface of your iPhone and puts it onto the infotainment screen of your car dashboard. This means that the car’s own system is replaced by the iOS screen when your iPhone is plugged in, complete with app icons. Some newer car models (like BMW 5-Series) now support wireless CarPlay, via the car’s Bluetooth connection.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that a thousand of Apple employees were once rumored to be working on developing an electric car? In 2014, Apple began working on “Project Titan.” It was said that more or less 1,000 employees were working on this project at a secret location near its headquarters in Cupertino City in California's Silicon Valley. But the car project was shelved in 2016 due to internal strife, leadership issues, and other problems. The project’s focus has shifted to developing self-driving car software instead of an actual car. The shift was because of hundreds of employees being reassigned, let go, or leaving on their own including more than 120 software engineers. The remaining members returned to developing the project again and rumored to have been given a deadline in 2017 to prove the feasibility of the self-driving car system. Plans for Apple-designed car by early 2020s are still ongoing as it seems but the company’s plans could change over the coming months.

Tesla Motors, known for its self-driving car, believes Apple will not have its own vehicle ready by 2020. If Apple’s Project Titan will be successful, Tesla will then have an outright competitor. When a group of select auto manufacturers released cars with CarPlay technology, one interesting name is missing from the list -- Tesla. This means those who own Tesla cars won't get to try the best CarPlay apps for iPhone

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    #4iHeartRadio

    iHeartRadio
    iHeartRadio is a broadcast and internet radio platform that offers music streaming, live radio stations, podcasts, and playlists. It broadcasts AM and FM radio stations both local and international. It has a Premium upgrade that is ad-free.
    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Johnny Hill
    Written on April 3, 2019
    "I use this when driving and I wanna listen to my favorite sports podcasts through Apple carplay. When I'm bored then I can switch to music. It actually does it all for you. A great overall app"
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    #5Pandora Radio

    Pandora Radio

    Pandora Radio is a music streaming service that is available for Android and iOS devices. It allows you to create stations from your favorite songs, artists or genres, search or browse to find recommended stations, and discover podcasts. 

    Apps

    Website, iOS, Android

    Free- Varies by plan

    Julia Montoya
    Written on April 3, 2019
    "This is a great app for CarPlay users and an alternative to your overused Spotify playlists too. It's catalog is not bad and you can use a 30-day free trial to see for yourself just like I did"
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    #6NPR One

    NPR One

    NPR One is the audio app that connects you to a stream of public radio news, stories and podcasts curated for you. Informing, engaging, inspiring and surprising. From the ends of the earth to the tiniest corners of your city.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Amy Feng
    Written on April 3, 2019
    "Great CarPlay app and one of the best in terms of functionality when driving however the ads just bug me sometimes but its free so you know.."
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    #7Apple Music

    Apple Music

    Apple Music is a subscription-based music streaming service offered by Apple. It is available for download on Android and iOS. It lets you stream songs, download tracks for offline play, and access exclusive content. A free trial is available. 

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Claire Shi
    Written on April 3, 2019
    "Outstanding content. Definitely one of the best Apple CarPlay apps out there. Great features too and I just need a "Hey Siri" to hear my favorite songs."
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    #8Downcast

    Downcast
    Downcast is a feature rich application for making it easy to find, download, and manage many podcasts. You can create and edit smart playlists, import and export podcasts feeds and play podcasts in the backgrounds.
    Apps

    iOS

    $2.99- with in-app purchases

    Edward Johnston
    Written on April 3, 2019
    "I use this as my main player for listening to podcasts on the go. I find it easy to use when driving while using CarPlay"

Summary

Best What are the best Apple CarPlay apps
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1AudibleApps 15 Free
2SpotifyApps 11 Free
3OvercastApps 9 Free
4iHeartRadioApps 5 Free
5Pandora RadioApps 5 Free
6NPR OneApps 2 Free
7Apple MusicApps 1 Free
8DowncastApps 0 Paid
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