The Porsche Taycan electric car gets Apple Music, 3 years free data

The Porsche Taycan will have the first-ever full integration of Apple Music in any vehicle (Image Courtesy of !K7 Music)

Enlarge / The new Porsche Taycan electric car is the first to feature Apple Music integration into the infotainment system. (credit: Porsche)

Porsche’s new battery-electric Taycan sedan is probably the most hotly anticipated car of the year. The car’s official launch—and our deep dive into its technology—happens early in September. Later that month, we’ll be able to tell you how it drives, ahead of the first customer deliveries in December. But we do have some news we can share about the car now. On Monday evening, Porsche revealed that it has worked together with Apple to integrate the Apple Music streaming service into the Taycan’s infotainment system. All Taycan customers will receive a six-month free trial to the service, and Porsche says that Taycans will also come with three years free data service.

The addition of Apple Music is in addition to (and separate from) CarPlay, which is still a standard feature of the Taycan’s infotainment system. But as CarPlay users will know, it’s a highly sandboxed way of interacting with content from your phone. That’s not the case with the new Apple Music feature. It has been added as a separate input in the Taycan’s media player app, alongside broadcast radio, bluetooth devices, and so on.

Playlists can be shown on the main instrument panel in front of the driver and controlled using the multifunction steering wheel as well as though the infotainment screen in the center stack. The tight integration into the infotainment system means that if you hear a song you like on the radio—and it has been correctly tagged—you can easily add it to your Apple Music library or even create a new Apple Music playlist based on that track. In addition to the stuff you expect to find in Apple Music, Porsche is also proving some curated playlists for Taycan owners.

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Source: Ars Technica

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