iCloud Car Stereo Compatibility

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by InfrnalSky, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. InfrnalSky macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2011
    Hello everybody,

    I am having a problem with my wife's car stereo being able to play music through the iCloud. I just purchased her a new Alpine stereo that is iPhone compatible. When we connect it, it plays the music that is on her iPhone just fine. However, when we try to play something through the iCloud, the music doesn't show up. I spoke with Alpine and they said it will only play the music that is physically on her iPhone.

    I was wondering if anybody else has had this problem and what you did to be able to get it to work.

    I would hate to have to return her stereo.

    Thanks everybody!
  2. Tortri macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2010
    I have the same problem in my 2011 Dodge Caliber stock system(non touchscreen) It see's the songs on the phone but not the cloud. :-\
  3. 0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    We have the answer right here.
  4. InfrnalSky thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2011
    I understand, but I was wondering if anybody HERE knew of a work around. This seems like it might be a big issue when people start using the icloud to stream their music more and more.
  5. 0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    Forgive me, but how does iCloud stream music?
  6. InfrnalSky thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2011
    I thought that you can stream your music collection from the iCloud. My wife has the iPhone, not me, but she said that this was possible like the Android Music Beta or the Amazon Music. Is she wrong?

    Sorry about any confusion. I'm trying to fix this for her but I don't have an iPhone myself. I'm just trying to get this to work for her.
  7. mgipe macrumors demi-god


    Oct 6, 2009
    Icloud doesn't stream music. It will keep it available for you to download to your phone at anytime, but you have to do that before you can listen to it.
  8. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    Well, when you select a song that's not physically on the device, it will begin playing and downloading to the device. It's unlike Google Music in that regard.

    It will be a real PITA for Apple to get songs which physically aren't on an iOS device to be displayed on the head unit to initialise the downloading process. I wouldn't be surprised if it never gets implemented.

    Honestly, streaming music from the cloud for use through a car stereo won't work unless you use connect audio-out from the iPhone to your head unit's audio-in port.
  9. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2011
    You cant stream through iCloud.
    You use iCloud to store the content then download it to your phone.
    The reason the stereo wont see it is because it is not loaded on it.
    She has to download it.

    I don't want to be insulting but this is another case where the consumer should have researched the product before they get it.
  10. InfrnalSky thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2011
    Well, thanks for all the info guys. I thought I understood how it worked, but obviously I was wrong. I understood "download" for "stream". At least I now have a definitive answer.

    Again, thanks.
  11. AlanShutko macrumors 6502a

    Jun 2, 2008
    Here's a possible workaround. On my Kenwood receiver, it only shows the music actually on the device, but if I start a playlist, the iPhone will pull down the music that's not on the device as it gets to them in the playlist.
  12. rodrigomarrafao macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2009
    In fact iCloud streams, but for iOS devices it also downloads the music. But as you wrongly noted, you don't have to download first to hear it, it streams while you download.

    If you have different computers on a iMatch library you will promptly see it streaming, not downloading, the music. The downloading part is iOS only "feature". It is probably the best solution, since would hurt data plan for most users on 3G connections.

    As far for the OP question, i think your player is working as intended. I'm not sure if there is a car player with cloud compatibility on the market atm. I may be wrong.

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