How to Play Spotify Music in the Car

Summary
Want to listen to Spotify music in your car while driving? This post will cover all the ways to play Spotify music in the car via Spotify app, CarPlay, Android Auto, cables, Bluetooth, USB Flash Drive, SD card, CD, Parrot, FM transmitter, Spotify Hardware and even Smart Speaker.

“Spotify won’t play through Bluetooth in my car. How do I play Spotify through my car radio?”

“It’s so strange that I can’t connect Spotify to my car. Is it possible to save Spotify songs to a USB flash drive, or burn Spotify music to a CD to play in the car?”

Spotify is one of the most popular online streaming music platforms in the world. Streaming Spotify music is a great option for people who are driving a long distance, it offers various high-quality songs to users which can help you relieve stress and fatigue. Hence, many users are finding a way to listen to Spotify in the car. In this article, we will show you 12 effective ways to play Spotify music in the car, you will definitely find a method works perfectly for you to listen to Spotify music in your vehicle.

Method 1. Play Spotify Music in Car with Built-in Spotify App

With the continuous development of technology and information, some modern cars have pre-installed the Spotify application, including Jaguar Land Rover, BMW, MINI, TESLA, Volvo, etc. You can check whether your car model comes with the Spotify app. If yes, you can play your favorite Spotify songs directly on the Spotify app in the car, just like using Spotify app on your mobile device!

Method 2. Play Spotify Music in the Car via Apple CarPlay

If you are using iPhone, Apple CarPlay is a car assistant systems which can help you access your phone. Spotify can be compatible with it.

Firstly, log into the Spotify App on your iPhone. Next, connect iPhone via USB cable to the supported car audio system. Lastly, Spotify App will shows up in the car audio system, and you can start to stream Spotify music in the car.

Note: Apple CarPlay can only support iPhone 5 and later & iOS 7.1 and higher;

spotify on apple carplay

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Method 3. Play Spotify Music in the Car by Android Auto

Android Auto is same as Apple CarPlay, it can can easily connect iPhone to car system for playing music, and Spotify can be well compatible with this function.
Run Spotify App on your Android phone and login your account. Then connect your Android phone to the car audio system which is compatible with Android Auto. Now you can enjoy Spotify music in the car with ease.
Note: Android Auto only workable for Android Lollipop version 5.0 or above.

spotify on android auto

Method 4. Listen to Spotify in the Car through Aux-In Audio Cable

If your car stereo has an Auxiliary input cable, you can connect your smartphone directly through a cable. It’s the easiest method to play Spotify music in the car. Just connect your smartphone to the car stereo by using Aux-In cable.Then turn on the Aux-In channel in the car stereo to use Spotify music in the car.

aux in cable

Method 5. Stream Spotify Music in the Car By Bluetooth

Most of car stereos have a built-in Bluetooth function nowadays. You can easily connect your phone to your car via Bluetooth. Turn on the Bluetooth on your phone and your car respectively, then match them each other. After matching, you can open the Spotify App and start to listening.

spotify in car via bluetooth

Method 6. Enjoy Spotify Music in the Car via USB Flash Drive (Best)

The 3 methods we mentioned above can help users play Spotify music in the car through Spotify App in smart phone. What’s more, only Premium users can listen to Spotify music in the car offline, how can Free users use Spotify music in the car for offline playback? What if you don’t have phones nearby or your device cannot be compatible with car stereo? Don’t worry, the alternative methods is to transfer Spotify to USB drive to play in your car.

usb in car

However, there is no direct way to transfer Spotify to USB stick, because DRM encryption is added to all Spotify tracks, which prevents users from copying all downloaded Spotify songs to non-authorized USB drive or other devices. In other words, these songs only available in Spotify App. To solve this problem, the best way is to use TunesBank Spotify Converter to unlock the DRM encryption and convert Spotify music to MP3 or other common formats supported by USB drive.

TunesBank Spotify Music Converter is a popular tool for both Premium and Free users. It not only can legally unlock DRM restrictions from Spotify tracks, but also help you easily download and convert Spotify music to MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC format without any quality loss. What’s more, TunesBank converter is able to preserve ID3 tags information such as artwork, name, album, artist during the conversion. In addition, it supports batch conversion and runs at up to 5X conversion speed, which means you can convert a whole Spotify playlist in a while. After converting, you can transfer non-DRM Spotify songs to USB drive, MP3 players, PSP, etc.

Highlights of TunesBank Spotify Music Converter:

  • Legally unlock DRM encryption from Spotify tracks.
  • Download Spotify high-quality songs for Premium & Free users.
  • Convert Spotify music to MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC format losslessly.
  • Preserve ID3 tags and metadata info like title, artist, album, etc.
  • Transfer converted Spotify music to USB drive, burn them to CD, etc.
  • Enjoy Spotify songs on any devices without Spotify App and network.

Guides on How to Convert and Transfer Spotify to USB:

The detailed tutorial will guide you how to download and convert Spotify to MP3, then you can transfer the converted Spotify music to USB drive effortlessly. Before you start, you need to install Spotify APP on your computer, then launch it and login your Spotify account. Then exit Spotify App.

Step 1. Add Spotify Songs to TunesBank Converter
Directly drag & drop songs/playlists/albums from Spotify to the converter. The Spotify tracks will be loaded to the converter automatically.

drag and drop spotify playlist to program

Or you can copy and paste the Spotify playlist link to TunesBank Converter.

copy and paste spotify playlist link to program

Step 2. Choose MP3 as Output Format
Press the “Convert all files to:” button to choose MP3 as the output format. MP3 is popular and can be compatible with USB drive.

select mp3 format

Step 3. Adjust Output Settings
Hit “Preferences” then turn to “Advanced”, you can set the Output Quality, Channels, Bit rate, Sample rate as you wanted.

aujust output settings

Step 4. Start to Convert Spotify to MP3 for USB
Tap “Convert All” button to start converting Spotify music to MP3.

download spotify songs to mp3

Step 5. Get Spotify MP3 Songs
After converting, you can view the unprotected Spotify songs in “Finished” section, click “View Output Files” to open it, then you can transfer them to USB flash drive.

view converted spotify songs

Step 6. Transfer Converted Spotify Music to USB Drive
After getting the MP3 Spotify songs, copy and paste the converted files to the USB drive folder on computer. Then insert the USB drive into the car stereo system and starting to play Spotify music in the car via USB drive.

transfer spotify to usb

Method 7. Play Spotify Music in the Car via SD Card

Well, if you don’t have a USB drive, you can also play Spotify in your car via SD card. You should know that when you use an SD card with a card reader, it becomes a portable USB drive. After converting Spotify music to MP3 with TunesBank Spotify Music Converter, you can save the Spotify MP3 songs to SD card. How to do it? You can put the SD card into the card reader, then insert the SD card reader into your PC, copy and paste the converted Spotify MP3 files to the SD card. When finished, eject the SD card. After that, you can insert the SD card (use with SD card reader together) to the USB port in the car, then you can start playing Spotify music in your car!

Method 8. Burn Spotify Music to CD to Play in the Car (Hot)

Most cars still reserve the function of playing CDs. You can follow the guide above, use TunesBank Spotify Music Converter to convert Spotify playlist to WAV format, then burn Spotify into a CD on iTunes.

1) Firstly, convert Spotify songs and playlist to WAV format via TunesBank Spotify Music Converter.

2) Next, import the converted Spotify music to iTunes library, then insert the blank CD into the CD-ROM on computer.

3) Finally, select the imported Spotify playlist and hit “Burn Playlist to Disc” > “Burn” in iTunes to start to burning. For more details, you can refer to How to Burn Spotify Music to CD.

burn playlist to cd via itunes

Now, you can insert the CD into the car CD system, then you can freely enjoy Spotify music in your car via CD.

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Method 9. Play Spotify Music in the Car via Parrot (Premiums Only)

Parrot Asteroid is an in-vehicle multimedia infotainment system that provides customers with web-based maps, navigation, mobile apps, digital-media playback, and music streaming through a familiar interface. It’s just like using an Android device. More importantly, it has a native Spotify client. More importantly, it has a native Spotify client. This means you can play Spotify music in the car through Parrot without using your phone. You only need to download and install the Spotify application to your Parrot Asteroid Smart through the Asteroid market, and then log in to your Spotify Premium account. Finally, you can listen to the downloaded Spotify songs offline in your car.

play spotify on parrot in the car

Method 10. Play Spotify Music in the Car Using FM Transmitter

For some old cars, what should you do if there is no Bluetooth, USB or auxiliary input? Don’t worry, you can use the FM transmitter to stream Spotify music in the car. You can plug the FM transmitter into the car’s 12V lighter socket, then use USB cable to connect your phone with the USB port of the FM transmitter, and connect to the FM transmitter via phone Bluetooth. This will send music from your phone to the device, and then the device will broadcast on the FM frequency. Tune your car radio to the FM frequency and play Spotify songs on your phone, so that the audio output of your phone will be output through the car stereo.

Play Spotify in the Car via FM transmitter

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Method 11. Play Spotify Music in the Car with Spotify Hardware

After years of waiting, Spotify finally launched its first Spotify hardware in Apr, 2021, named Car Thing. It is a car smart assistant and a smart player for your car! Car Thing is specially designed for old cars that lack an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and those who don’t want to change a new car. The device is connected to the Spotify application on your smartphone and connected to your car stereo via Bluetooth, AUX or USB cable.

Spotify Car Thing Hardware

Method 12. Play Spotify Music in the Car Using Smart Speaker

If you pursue high-quality Spotify music, then you can listen to Spotify music in the car through a smart speaker. After getting high-quality MP3 songs from Spotify with the help of TunesBank Spotiy Music Converter (refer to Method 6), you can save the Spotify MP3 songs to a USB drive, then you can insert the USB drive to the USB port of smart speaker to play the Spotify music, and carry the smart speaker to your car! So that you can listen to Spotify music in the car! However, it is worth noting that the Spotify car thing costs at least $79.99. Compared with the TunesBank Spotify Music Converter (costs $39.95), it costs more money!

Conclusion

We introduced you to 12 effective ways to play Spotify music in the car above. From built-in Spotify app, CarPlay, Android Auto, cables and Bluetooth, to USB Flash Drive, SD card, CD, Parrot, FM transmitter, Spotify Hardware and even Smart Speaker, here is what you need to know. However, only Premium users can play Spotify music in the car in offline mode, Free users cannot listen to them offline. What if there is no phone nearby or network connection? So why not try TunesBank Converter? With it, you can convert Spotify music and playlist to MP3, WAV and other popular formats with high quality, so that you can transfer Spotify to a USB flash drive/SD card or burn Spotify to a CD to listen to Spotify in the car anytime, anywhere! In addition, you could transfer the converted Spotify MP3 songs to any device and player for offline playback!

Play Spotify Music in the Car