“Apple’s new service that allows your iPhone to take over the in-car audio system and in-dash screen display won’t include popular streaming music service Pandora or Google Maps,” Daniel Kline writes for The Moteley Fool. “Not including these services makes business sense for Apple as the company is trying to compete with Pandora through its iTunes Radio and Google is planning a rival in-car product. But the moves are unlikely to be well-received by Apple’s customers.”

“CarPlay will not work with just any app that can be installed on an iPhone. Instead Apple will be working with specific partners along with offering its own services. These partners include a number of music services — Spotify and iHeartRadio — but not Pandora. Similarly Apple Maps will be offered but Google Maps won’t,” Kline writes. “The lack of Google Maps in CarPlay may not be as big a deal now, however, as Apple has greatly improved its own Maps app. ‘Apple Maps has thankfully improved dramatically since its disastrous launch. In my experience it’s nearly on par with Google Maps. It just lacks the web integration and extra data available on Google Maps like the destination’s StreetView along with some pertinent review data,’ wrote TechCrunch‘s Matt Burns.”

“Apple is likely excluding Pandora as a way to push its own similar iTunes Radio service. That may anger some Pandora fans, but it’s not as critical a problem as having faulty maps. Not being able to use Pandora through CarPlay won’t get you lost or point your car toward a river,” Kline writes. “Pandora had a measured response to being left out as the company clearly needs to stay on Apple’s good side. ‘At this time, Pandora is not integrated with Apple CarPlay. As a first mover in the auto space, we continue to broaden our relationships with OEMs while also exploring other opportunities to expand our presence in the car. Apple has been and continues to be a valued partner,’ the company said in a statement sent to MacRumors.”

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MacDailyNews Note: Apple’s CarPlay page states quite clearly:

CarPlay supports other apps on your iPhone. Stay tuned for even more supported apps coming soon.

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