Spotify says it’s retiring its Automotive View function, which was launched originally of 2019 as a solution to make the app much less distracting and simpler to regulate whereas driving (via 9to5Google). It’s at the moment unclear if the function goes away on all platforms or simply Android, and whereas some users won’t miss it, many others are sad it’s being eliminated with no cheap substitute.

Affirmation of the change truly got here again in October, when a Spotify moderator responded to a submit on its group discussion board asking why the function was lacking. The moderator wrote:

We will verify that we’re retiring the automotive view function. This nonetheless doesn’t imply we don’t need to enhance on how our customers take heed to Spotify whereas driving. Quite the opposite, we’re actively exploring a wide range of new methods to ship the very best in-car listening expertise. Consider retiring car-view as one thing that should occur in an effort to make method for brand new improvements coming down the observe.

Please bear with us in the intervening time. Whereas we work backstage on bettering the expertise, one various can be to hear hands-free by way of Google Assistant. This function additionally works with Google Maps so you possibly can navigate whereas listening to Spotify. In an effort to try this, you possibly can 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 method for brand new options.

As Android Police points out, this plan has upset many customers — within the feedback part for the submit, individuals say that eradicating the Automotive View made it tougher for them to make use of Spotify safely whereas driving. Some have additionally accused Spotify of eradicating Automotive View to promote its $80 Automotive Factor machine, which acts as a show and distant management for the music streaming service and is at the moment solely obtainable to Premium subscribers by way of a waitlist.

Some Spotify prospects are very sad concerning the change.

In the intervening time, Automotive View nonetheless works on my iPhone, however not on my Android machine. The Android app’s settings display does have a Automotive part, nevertheless it solely incorporates a button to arrange a Automotive Factor 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 Automotive View on all platforms.

Android Auto for cellphone screens may give you a tough approximation of Spotify’s Automotive View.

If Spotify does take away Automotive View from its iOS app, you’ll nonetheless be capable of control your music hands-free with Siri by including “on Spotify” on the tip 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 keep in mind your most popular streaming service, so you could not at all times should ask it to make use of Spotify, however in typical Siri trend that function generally is a little flaky.

On Android, you can have Google Assistant default to using Spotify, and on each platforms you possibly can activate Spotify controls inside Google Maps (although the buttons are considerably smaller than they’re in Spotify’s Automotive View). Some automobiles may even allow you to management Spotify by way of CarPlay, or Android Auto. You may run the latter in your cellphone’s display as properly, which offers you the same interface to Automotive View.

Spotify’s moderators haven’t responded in the thread (which has over 108 feedback) with any estimate on when customers can anticipate a substitute for Automotive View, or what that substitute will appear to be. It appears troublesome to consider that Spotify couldn’t have stored the function energetic whereas engaged on a substitute, nevertheless it appears decided to maintain happening this street given the shortage of replies in the course of the previous month. We requested Spotify if the person backlash affected its plans, and can replace this story if we hear again.


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