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Does anyone stream Apple Music from their phone? How is the quality?
 

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With iPhones there's the ability to stream via direct connection through USB (in the iPod app), so it should be bit-for-bit identical to the source.
 

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I am a big Apple Music user. Quality is great. You can hear the difference when you switch to a Sirius radio station. Sound quality is night and day.

You can browse any song or playlist you have added to your account via touch screen. So you essentially have he entire Apple Music library available to play.

I have the standard audio system.


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I am a big Apple Music user. Quality is great. You can hear the difference when you switch to a Sirius radio station. Sound quality is night and day.

You can browse any song or playlist you have added to your account via touch screen. So you essentially have he entire Apple Music library available to play.

I have the standard audio system.


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This is great. Is the music streaming via bluetooth or usb cable?
 

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This is great. Is the music streaming via bluetooth or usb cable?
Both, either. Just depends how you have your phone connected. If it's plugged into the USB, you can choose to use either the "bluetooth" or "iPod" option to stream the music being played on the phone. I have the B&W stereo, and I'm pretty sure the sound quality significantly improves when I'm using the USB, but I'm not sure why that would be.

Also, if your iPhone is plugged in, you can "Hey, Siri" and ask it to play almost anything you can think of, and it will grab it from Apple Music, and create an shuffled playlist mixing stuff from different albums. I love that.
 

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Both, either. Just depends how you have your phone connected. If it's plugged into the USB, you can choose to use either the "bluetooth" or "iPod" option to stream the music being played on the phone. I have the B&W stereo, and I'm pretty sure the sound quality significantly improves when I'm using the USB, but I'm not sure why that would be.

Also, if your iPhone is plugged in, you can "Hey, Siri" and ask it to play almost anything you can think of, and it will grab it from Apple Music, and create an shuffled playlist mixing stuff from different albums. I love that.
This is awesome. I can't wait.


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One other thing... I know people are down on the built-in voice recognition, but when you have your phone plugged in via USB, and after the Sensus has had time to index your music library (which seems to take about ten minutes) then you can use the built in voice recognition to "Play [song] or [artist]" and in my experience it works pretty well.

I'd like it if it didn't have to take ten minutes to index everything, every time... but I guess I have a lot of music on my phone.

Voice recognition works great, though.
 

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What about Android? Anyone using the "standard" audio system with android phones? If so, can you please share your experiences?
 

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What about Android? Anyone using the "standard" audio system with android phones? If so, can you please share your experiences?
That's exactly what I am doing. The sound quality is good enough for me but I am not an expert to comment on the details. No problem with the connectivity.
 

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Have the standard system in my XC90 and my wife uses her android phone to play her music, without any problems whatsoever. I even use my blackberry to play my music!
 

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Also, if your iPhone is plugged in, you can "Hey, Siri" and ask it to play almost anything you can think of, and it will grab it from Apple Music, and create an shuffled playlist mixing stuff from different albums. I love that.
Yeah, it's fantastic. I was a bit disappointed as the car doesn't have the same functionality as my Mini (press and hold voice control button to access Siri through the car) but then remembered the 'hey Siri' thing.

Sometimes have entire journeys with family members making requests which often aren't on my playlists - basically any tune you can think of is accessible - love it!


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What about Android? Anyone using the "standard" audio system with android phones? If so, can you please share your experiences?
I think it's safe to say the Bluetooth system in the XC90 is state-of-the-art. I have the standard audio system, and I use it with my Samsung Galaxy S6 every day. Bluetooth works perfectly, and the sound quality is quite good. I've streamed Rhapsody, Pandora, and music that was on my phone. In all cases, the song information and album art was properly displayed on the Sensus screen. You can also quickly skip tracks via the steering wheel buttons. My son has a Galaxy S5, and he often streams music from the back seat. The system works perfectly with his phone as well. What's cool is that you can simultaneously have one phone connected via Bluetooth for calls, and a second phone connected via Bluetooth for music. It's a great system. No complaints here. :)
 

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I think it's safe to say the Bluetooth system in the XC90 is state-of-the-art. I have the standard audio system, and I use it with my Samsung Galaxy S6 every day. Bluetooth works perfectly, and the sound quality is quite good. I've streamed Rhapsody, Pandora, and music that was on my phone. In all cases, the song information and album art was properly displayed on the Sensus screen. You can also quickly skip tracks via the steering wheel buttons. My son has a Galaxy S5, and he often streams music from the back seat. The system works perfectly with his phone as well. What's cool is that you can simultaneously have one phone connected via Bluetooth for calls, and a second phone connected via Bluetooth for music. It's a great system. No complaints here. :)
Does the clicking of the keys on the phone come through the car's speakers via Bluetooth connection?
 
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