Do you stream music from your phone to the car audio?


All but the most basic trims of new vehicles on dealers' lots are now equipped with Bluetooth connectivity or phone docks allowing you, among other things, to stream music or other audio to the sound or multimedia systems in your car.

Given the proliferation of tune subscription services like Spotify or Apple Music and even the good ol' YouTube, we are all now hooked to audio consumption on our handsets. The plus sides, if you do it in your vehicle, are that you take advantage of your powerful car stereo, and can use the phone as a sort of an ultra-comfortable for navigation remote.

This explains the smorgasbord of aftermarket options to add Bluetooth connectivity to older cars, too, be they new head units, FM transmitters, audio jack or CD changer adapters, or whole multimedia units complete with large displays and all. This is why we wanted to ask you if you stream music from your phone to the car audio, whether you have the option as stock, or have an aftermarket solution.

Do you stream music from your phone to the car audio?

Yes, very often
73.6%
Sometimes
14.5%
No
11.9%


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16 Comments

1. middlehead

Posts: 458; Member since: May 12, 2014

I used to, when I still had the stock deck in my old-ish car. After I upgraded the deck to one with USB inputs, I've just got a load of music on a drive.

2. surethom

Posts: 1714; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

That's what a usb stick is for. Don't have unlimited data also never mind 4g, 3g is very patchy in the UK outside big city's.

3. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Dude. This is how I listen to all of my music. I'm either streaming to my car or streaming to a bluetooth home speaker. What's a CD?

4. ikenvape

Posts: 309; Member since: May 28, 2014

I use this little guy, right in the aux in middle console. Love it. Kinivo BTC450 Bluetooth Hands-Free Car Kit

5. DFranch

Posts: 555; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I used to have a dedicated USB drive for the car. Now that my car has Android Auto, I use my phone to store my music.

6. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

I put in a Carplay/Android Auto unit in my 2016 Prius so everytime I'm in the car I'm streaming Google Play music with the family share plan. Before the Prius, I had 2009 Accord and Kinivo Bluetooth to stream.

7. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 278; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

Apple Music all day every day lol. Went from a 2002 accord where I had to use a cassette adapter to stream from my phone to my 2017 civic which doesn’t even have a CD player

8. libra89

Posts: 2290; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

My car is early 2000s but I do it every day with a FM transmitter! I love it with Spotify and podcasts. The only downfall is that phone calls are useless on it but that's like a 15% use case so eh.

9. ph00ny

Posts: 2051; Member since: May 26, 2011

My cars stock unit has android auto/apple carplay and i use both. So much easier to browse or voice command to control

10. ahmadkun

Posts: 610; Member since: May 02, 2016

I don't have a car... But if i do have one i would stream

11. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1575; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I used an ipod and aux cord in high school before the original iPhone launched for car audio, switched to a feature phone, and eventually Android. I've only owned a few CDs and don't care much for local FM radio. Google Play Music, Amazon Music, and Pandora have served me well over the years.

12. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

My car limits the USb ro only 64GB, and my music is over 128GB, so I have to use my phone. I miss iPod Out. Apple shouldn't have stopped supporting it.

13. thxultra

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

No, only because my car has built in streaming that doesn't need my phone and it doesn't cost me anything extra.

14. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Does Android Auto count?

15. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2241; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

As they say....CarPlay AllDay!!! 17 Max SR Editioned!

16. charulo316

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I stream either on my SD card from my phone, or Pandora or Amazon music. Also from my phone. It's a must if I'm driving.

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