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Apple Music is coming to Android Auto

With iOS 12, Apple is opening up its CarPlay service to more third-party apps, like Google-owned Google Maps and Waze. Now, it seems, Apple wants to bring one of its own services to the rival Android Auto platform.

The latest beta version of Apple Music for Android actually includes Android Auto support, which will make it easier for cross-platform streamers to access a native interface while driving.

The discovery was made within the Apple Music version 2.6.0 beta by the eagle-eyed folks at Android Police. It’s available now for those who request access through Google Groups. If the request is accepted, the test version can be downloaded from the Play Store beta page.

Once installed, users will be able to select Apple Music as a source when connecting their phone to Android Auto, which is certainly better than the previous Bluetooth workaround.

Related: Apple Music vs Spotify

Elsewhere, other new features in the beta will enable users to find songs by searching for lyrics, enjoy Friends Mix playlists and access new Artist pages. The latter will enable subscribers to start a personalised station from any artist’s music with a single tap.

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Image credit: Android Police

There’s no news yet on when the update will roll out to consumers, but we’ll keep you posted.

Next, Google fans will be hoping that Apple opens up its music streaming service to Chromecast devices and the Google Home speaker, but that’s probably asking a little much given Apple is desperately trying to shift its own HomePod speaker.

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