I have been using Android Auto extensively for past 1 year. One of my biggest gripes on Android auto being not able to identify good audio apps that support Android Auto. Android Auto app lists very few music players through the app store, and most of the apps listed there are either music streaming apps or podcast apps. After a brief search found out this reddit page. So here a short review of all the music players I have tried and the final verdict one I love using.
Play music is one default app that will be installed by default on your phone when you enable android auto. Here most of the importance is given to streaming content than the music available in the phone. You will have to create playlists to play music from the phone. Play music has an added advantage over other players here. It supports searching and playing your audio library through voice command. Simply press command button and say “Play <insert your song name> song” it would play from your library if available else from online.
A well known name in audio players. A good enough player for android auto but not for personal use, I found the ads too distracting in the free version.
A good android auto music player which I have used for sometime. But the controls in in the android auto seemed very minimal, especially in the sidebar. Other than that this is a good player.
I used this player quite extensively, has a good play all music mode. But the shuffle is not that great, always tend to repeat the songs rather than finding fresh one from local library. Side menu can have better controls.
For a moment I thought I found the perfect music player for my needs. But the interface was bit slow. Has a good shuffle mode that helps me during travel. Worst thing about this player is, it starts on its own at random times. Uninstalled after few days.
This should have been default option in Android auto. This enables playing audio through any of your favourite music player and connect with android auto. Has its own issues. The audio output was too low to my liking. Music browsing was almost not there, you have to use your phone to scroll. This is not available in play store though.
Surprise player which satisfies all my requirements. Has a good shuffle mode, can hold multiple lists, surprisingly lightweight and best of all no Ads. This is my goto player for android auto nowdays.
I have my own gripes with android auto in general. I has very hard to browse interface, which requires browsing through side menu. Searching this way is pain. You need good internet connectivity to use google assistant efficiently. Some time I tend to fall back to good old bluetooth when not using assistant features or the google map. All in all I still like Android auto for the handsfree experience and google maps handsdown.