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Mercedes-Benz has announced that Apple Music integration is coming to its MBUX infotainment system, starting with C-Class, S-Class, and EQS models.

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Apple Music will integrate directly into Mercedes-Benz's MBUX infotainment system. Users simply need to link their online "Mercedes me" account to their vehicle, and then Apple Music subscribers will have access to its full library of more than 75 million songs, curated playlists, radio stations, and more.

Drivers can make requests using the "Hey Mercedes" voice command or tap on the display to play songs, albums, playlists, or radio stations.

Apple Music integration will be available in MBUX to new C-Class and S-Class owners starting this month, and to EQS owners later this summer. Existing C-Class and S-Class owners with the latest generation of MBUX will also be able to get Apple Music integration via an over-the-air update later this year.

Mercedes-Benz follows other automakers such as Porsche in adding Apple Music integration, totally separate to Apple CarPlay, directly in vehicle infotainment systems. Other new Apple-integrated features, such as time-synced lyrics and Apple Podcasts, also began to emerge on vehicles late last year.

Article Link: Apple Music Coming to Mercedes-Benz MBUX Infotainment System
 

TimFL1

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Great. My brand-new maxed out CLA seems to already be obsolete… should‘ve waited for the new C-class.

This was my number one request for MBUX, pretty bummed out that they don‘t add this to the other MBUX vehicles. Should‘ve accepted that MBUX senior software engineer job offer from 2 years ago to get some insight in how f***ed up management decisions are made over there.
 

moabal

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Great. Now Tesla should do the same. I would love CarPlay but that would not be practical for them. If I could have access to Apple Music at least I would consider Tesla as my next car.
 

69Mustang

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Great. My brand-new maxed out CLA seems to already be obsolete… should‘ve waited for the new C-class.

This was my number one request for MBUX, pretty bummed out that they don‘t add this to the other MBUX vehicles. Should‘ve accepted that MBUX senior software engineer job offer from 2 years ago to get some insight in how f***ed up management decisions are made over there.
If this is how you react to something as trivial as the inclusion a music service, I think Mercedes dodged a bullet. :D
 

haruhiko

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It‘s frustrating when you consider you bought top-of-the-line not even half a year ago and they forget about your model.
Typical Mercedes. In Hong Kong, all cars are offline until 2020 model year. Yes, even cars sold in 2020 in Hong Kong don’t have Mercedes me. The model of outsourcing everything to dealers really have to die. It will hurt Mercedes’ brand image in the long run.
 

gjdarbo

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I literally won’t buy a Tesla because it doesn’t have CarPlay. They could at least add this.
I thought the same before I got my Model Y last year…but don’t let that hold you back. The UI in a Tesla is so much better than CarPlay. CarPlay looks so cartoon-y and outdated compared to Tesla’s software IMO that now I hope it never comes to the vehicle (and knowing Elon, it probably never will). I switched from Apple Music to Spotify just to be able to use Tesla’s Spotify app and I haven’t missed it one bit. This is coming from someone who is heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem.
 

69Mustang

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It‘s frustrating when you consider you bought top-of-the-line not even half a year ago and they forget about your model.
Considering Car-Play is still available in your car... I don't get the frustration. We're talking about a couple of extra button presses or swipes. Your car still does everything it did when you bought it. Seems like this is no big deal. Everybody's different though. For someone who has to have the latest and greatest, it might present an issue. Me? I never buy on the promise of future updates.
 

ArtOfWarfare

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Great. My brand-new maxed out CLA seems to already be obsolete… should‘ve waited for the new C-class.
Or just buy a Tesla... the 2012 Model S received dozens of the same free OTA updates that the 2021 vehicles did (granted, it didn't receive all the features... they can't magically give it new cameras and other sensors... but as much as possible, they keep all the vehicles running the same software. They're like Apple in that regard but to a greater extreme sense since the vehicles are expected to be in use for several decades, not ~5 years like an iPhone.)
 

dmylrea

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The name "MBUX" is so awful. It sounds like an internal engineering project nickname that accidentally stuck around all the way through marketing as a placeholder and never got replaced like it was supposed to.
I know nothing about Mercedes (other than my friends' is always in the shop for one thing or another), but the MBUX sounds like some gimmicky rewards program where the more you buy, the more "M-Bucks" you earn.
 

AppleTO

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As a tech enthusiast, I find car infotainment systems infuriating. Worse than smart TVs.

Car manufactures rarely update existing systems with new functionality, despite the high cost of the components; most of which are underpowered.

I can only hope that this changes in the future. It seems like more and more companies are doing over the air updates now so that’s a good start.

When I buy a new vehicle, I would want to be able to have update-to-date software and features for a reasonable amount of time. Same as my iPhone.
 

ryanasimov

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I think MB is doing this because they're hoping more in-car data plans will be activated.

Also, the Daimler press release says it's not exclusive to Apple; Amazon, Spotify, and Tidal functionality are also built-in. I guess this is for people who find CarPlay too difficult to master.
 

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MBUX isn't great and the first thing I do is connect up the iPhone and switch to CarPlay. Wouldn't be without PlexAmp, Prologue, Audible and Apple Maps.

Saying that, I'm possibly going to a Tesla Model 3 next (already have an Ioniq electric) but the lack of CarPlay is going to be a real pain.
 
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H3LL5P4WN

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I think MB is doing this because they're hoping more in-car data plans will be activated.

Also, the Daimler press release says it's not exclusive to Apple; Amazon, Spotify, and Tidal functionality are also built-in. I guess this is for people who find CarPlay too difficult to master.
If people think CarPlay (or android auto even) is difficult, they probably shouldn’t have a license to operate a two ton death machine.
 

parfy

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If this has to use the in car data plan rather than via your phone this makes no economical sense at all. At least in the UK the data plans through the car are a bloody rip off.
 
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