SiriusXM comes to Apple CarPlay for easier control

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Satellite radio service SiriusXM has updated its iOS app with support for CarPlay, offering an alternative to native dash interfaces, aftermarket receivers, or simply mounting an iPhone.

The CarPlay extension brings SiriusXM into the unified Apple ecosystem, regardless of whether a car has a physical tuner. Simplified app controls let users browse live channels and on-demand content, diving into categories such as "Music," "Howard Stern," and "News & Issues."

Listening still requires a cellular connection and an eligible subscription. These include a $15.99-per-month streaming-only plan, and a $20.99 All Access tier.

New on the iPhone, meanwhile, is the ability to tune channels through simple swipe gestures.

The SiriusXM app is a free download, and runs on any device with iOS 8 or later.