Audi drivers are getting a cool Apple Music upgrade

Forget Android Auto and CarPlay: Apple Music is going native in 2022 Audis

Audi RS3 car loaded with an Apple Music upgrade, meaning it doesn't need Android Auto or CarPlay
(Image credit: Audi)

Forget CarPlay or Android Auto: for Audi owners and buyers in 2022, the big news in in-car entertainment is the arrival of a native Apple Music app. That means you'll be able to stream music directly to your car without having to connect via Apple or Google's in-car tech.

This is something we've already seen with Android, where Android Automotive enables manufacturers to base their own own in-car systems on Android Automotive without necessarily having to do things Google's way. And Audi, who announced the news in its official press room (opens in new tab), isn't the first car maker to offer a native Apple Music app: Porsche did it first with the electric Taycan. But Audi reaches a lot more people than Porsche does, so this is a much bigger deal in my opinion.

Audi Apple Music upgrade

Apple Music built directly into your Audi. Yes please!

(Image credit: AUDI AG)

Apple Music vs CarPlay: what's the difference?

Having a built-in Apple Music app means Audi drivers have a better option than CarPlay or Bluetooth streaming: they get all the benefits of Apple Music without having to use Apple's software or interface, so they'll have a more Audi experience. It'll be coming to new Audis in North America, Japan and Europe this year, and current 2022 models that people have already bought should get the software update over the air automatically. Once it's been updated it's just a matter of entering your Apple ID in the infotainment screen.

This doesn't mean that CarPlay is going away: pretty much every car maker, with the exception of Tesla, either offers or intends to offer CarPlay in at least some of their models. But it suggests that Apple is a bit more relaxed about getting its services into cars: previously it was CarPlay or the highway. 

Writer, musician and broadcaster Carrie Marshall has been covering technology since 1998 and is particularly interested in how tech can help us live our best lives. Her CV is a who’s who of magazines, newspapers, websites and radio programmes ranging from T3, Techradar and MacFormat to the BBC, Sunday Post and People’s Friend. Carrie has written thirteen books, ghost-wrote two more and co-wrote another seven books and a Radio 2 documentary series. When she’s not scribbling, she’s the singer in Glaswegian rock band HAVR (havrmusic.com (opens in new tab)).