Spotify says it’s retiring its Car View function, which was introduced in the beginning of 2019 as a approach to make the app much less distracting and simpler to manage whereas driving (through 9to5Google). It’s at the moment unclear if the function goes away on all platforms or simply Android, and whereas some customers received’t miss it, many others are sad it’s being eliminated without an inexpensive replacement.
Confirmation of the change really got here again in October, when a Spotify moderator responded to a publish on its group discussion board asking why the function was lacking. The moderator wrote:
We can affirm that we’re retiring the automotive view function. This nonetheless doesn’t imply we don’t wish to enhance on how our customers hearken to Spotify whereas driving. On the opposite, we’re actively exploring quite a lot of new methods to ship one of the best in-car listening expertise. Think of retiring car-view as one thing that should occur in an effort to make means for brand spanking new improvements coming down the monitor.
Please bear with us in the interim. While we work backstage on enhancing the expertise, one different could be to pay attention hands-free through Google Assistant. This function additionally works with Google Maps so you’ll be able to navigate whereas listening to Spotify. In order to do this, you’ll be able to hyperlink your accounts and say ‘Hey Google, play Spotify’.
A follow-up remark from one other moderator talked about that Spotify was “also retiring certain features like [its] in-car Now Playing View for Android,” once more to make means for brand spanking new options.
As Android Police factors out, this plan has upset many customers — within the feedback part for the publish, folks say that eradicating the Car View made it tougher for them to make use of Spotify safely whereas driving. Some have additionally accused Spotify of eradicating Car View to promote its $80 Car Thing machine, which acts as a show and distant management for the music streaming service and is at the moment solely obtainable to Premium subscribers through a waitlist.
At the second, Car View nonetheless works on my iPhone, however not on my Android machine. The Android app’s settings display does have a Car part, nevertheless it solely accommodates a button to arrange a Car Thing and textual content that reads “always pay full attention to the road and abide with all traffic regulations.” Spotify didn’t instantly reply to request for clarification from The Verge on whether or not it deliberate to retire Car View on all platforms.
If Spotify does take away Car View from its iOS app, you’ll nonetheless have the ability to management your music hands-free with Siri by including “on Spotify” on the top of any voice command. (For instance: “play Adele on Spotify.” Saying “next track” or “pause” may even work if music is at the moment enjoying from the service.) Siri can bear in mind your most popular streaming service, so you might not at all times must ask it to make use of Spotify, however in typical Siri vogue that function could be a little flaky.
On Android, you can have Google Assistant default to utilizing Spotify, and on each platforms you’ll be able to activate Spotify controls inside Google Maps (although the buttons are considerably smaller than they’re in Spotify’s Car View). Some automobiles may even allow you to management Spotify through CarPlay, or Android Auto. You can run the latter in your telephone’s display as effectively, which gives you the same interface to Car View.
Spotify’s moderators haven’t responded within the thread (which has over 108 feedback) with any estimate on when customers can anticipate a replacement for Car View, or what that replacement will appear like. It appears tough to consider that Spotify couldn’t have stored the function lively whereas engaged on a replacement, nevertheless it appears decided to maintain happening this street given the shortage of replies throughout the previous month. We requested Spotify if the person backlash affected its plans, and can replace this story if we hear again.