Commuting by car has become like an everyday chore for most of us. A car is amongst one such commodity that has become somewhat of a necessity from luxury. If you commute by car, you would be spending a considerable chunk of time in it. So these best CarPlay apps for iPhone are going to be a boon for all of you, trust me.
While I have only highlighted daily commuters, I also want to share that these CarPlay apps are the perfect match for travelers as well. So what are these apps you might ask? Well, these apps are necessary to be installed on your iPhone, and I think most of you would have a couple of these apps already installed. Without any further ado, let’s explore this app round up to make your car rides exciting and easy.
Best iOS Apps that Compatible with Apple CarPlay
#1. Google Maps
I have tried multiple navigation apps on my iPhone, but I keep coming back to Google Maps, and I am confident that this would be the same thing for many others. I love using Google Maps and how easy it is.
Get real-time GPS navigation, traffic, and transit info, along with exploring local neighborhoods of various cities, no matter what part of the world you’re in. With google maps compatibility to CarPlay, you can now access all this straight from your car stereo. Cool isn’t it?
If you are a book lover, but with your busy schedules, you cannot keep up with this love of yours. Well, here enters an audiobook listen to your favorite books or one that you meant to pick. Thankfully, audible is compatible with CarPlay, and you can listen to the audiobooks available in your library.
Top A-listed celebrities narrate your favorite stories for you, enjoy a full-cast performance or discover Grammy-winning audiobooks, and much more through this app. When you connect your iPhone with CarPlay and launch this app, you will be redirected to your library without the need of going through multiple taps.
Price: Free (Monthly – $21.49)
#3. Waze Navigation
Navigate through traffic and complex crossroads, with the help of Waze. While you can mount your iPhone on the windshield, I would rather have it on my CarPlay. With Waze Navigation’s CarPlay compatibility, you can now use this app more efficiently.
Even if you know the way, Waze tells you instantly about traffic, construction, police, crashes, & more. If traffic is bad on your route, Waze will change it to save you time.
Pandora is a Music and Podcasts streaming app that personalizes your music with your preferences, and it continually evolves with your tastes. Create stations with your favorite songs, artists or genres and search or browse to find recommended stations for your mood or activity, or discover podcasts that might suit you.
With CarPlay support for this app, you are sure to hear some fantastic songs or podcasts on that great stereo system of your Car. You can enjoy the free membership that the app comes with, or you could move ahead and go for the premium version of this app by choosing a plan of your preference.
Price: Free/In-App Purchase
#5. Amazon Music
With Amazon Prime you also get access to ad-free Amazon Music and to be honest with you guys, this is my go-to music app for CarPlay. You can also listen to it on a free plan without any subscriptions. It has millions of songs that you could explore from along with thousands of curated playlists for all your moods.
Connect your iPhone with Apple CarPlay and browse through the music online or you could download your favorite albums, songs, and playlists to your mobile device for offline listening.
Price: Free (Yearly subscription – $10.99)
#6. iHeart Radio
Well who doesn’t love a good radio, I know I do. And as far as Apple users are concerned, iHeart Radio is their go-to radio application. This app easily connects with your car play, and you can seamlessly stream unlimited music along with thousands of live radio stations.
Not only does this app allow you to stream unlimited music and radio, but it also does have a massive collection of podcasts and pre-curated playlists. You can also create your own playlists based on your preferences and mood, and you are all set to hit the road.
Price: Free/In-App Purchase
#7. Zoom Cloud Meeting
If work is worship for you, you would definitely want to be in the loop of what’s happening in your office whenever you are away for a vacation. What if you have a crucial meeting to attend while you are on the road? Well, it would be quite inconvenient to park in order to reply, won’t it?
The safe driving mode in the Zoom Cloud Meetings app is compatible with Apple CarPlay as well. I am sure this feature will come in very handy for all the working people who have to attend multiple video conferences and video meetings.
Overcast is a powerful yet simple podcast player that allows you to customize the settings with Smart Speed and Voice Boost. It also features Smart Playlists to help you listen to more podcasts in more places, try new shows, and completely control your experience.
The overcast app supports CarPlay giving it an instant boost for all the podcast lovers. It is a modern and fully loaded audio podcast player with useful features in a simple, naturally flowing interface, that will ensure a distraction-free and safe driving for you.
Price: Free (Premium – $9.99)
#9. NPR One
If being updated about what’s happening around, your thing then this is the app you should consider downloading. For people running low on time, this app will do wonders to your daily commute. With CarPlay support, you can now listen to daily news and local radio while on the move.
When you launch this app, it will start off by reading out the latest headlines, and then it starts narrating the stories that are important. This way, you can understand the news easily and establish necessary connections with it as the app flows the news stories according to the subjects.
#10. TomTom Go
While I am a Google Maps person, there are some loyal consumers of the TomTom Go navigation app. And a huge delight for them is that this app now comes with CarPlay support. Although it is an offline navigation application, it gives you the experience of an online one.
While it gives you accurate traffic updates and alternative routes, it also suggests you various spots that might interest you that are on the way to your destination, which is a pretty dope feature I believe.
Price: Free (1 Month Subscription – $1.99)
Do I really need to say why is this app on this list? I mean Spotify is the best music app available. PERIOD. It is not just mine but a million others’ most favorite app to listen to music or podcasts.
What I love the most about this app is that it curates new playlists for you daily according to your listening preferences and till date, it has been bang on. Ohh and it connects with your CarPlay, which is an added benefit.
Price: Free/In-App Purchase
#12. Digital Concert Hall
If you don’t like missing out on concerts, then you should seriously think about downloading this app for sure. With the app’s CarPlay support, you have booked yourself the best seat in the concert. Simply select the concert you wish to be a part of a contemporary or a classical concert is all up to you.
You get to choose from a plethora of modern and classical concerts along with some documentaries and selected films as well. Apart from this collection, over 40 new concerts are added during every season expanding the apps already vast archives.
Price: Free/In-App Purchases
Which app are you considering using? Let us know in the comments below. We would also love to do the app roundups for the categories that you suggest, so fire up the comment section with your suggestions as well.
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