Spotify says it’s retiring its Automotive View function, which was introduced at the beginning of 2019 as a method to make the app much less distracting and simpler to manage 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 and not using a cheap alternative.
Affirmation of the change really got here again in October, when a Spotify moderator responded to a submit on its neighborhood discussion board asking why the function was lacking. The moderator wrote:
We will affirm that we’re retiring the automobile view function. This nonetheless doesn’t imply we don’t wish to enhance on how our customers hearken to Spotify whereas driving. Quite the opposite, we’re actively exploring quite a lot of new methods to ship one of the 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 monitor.
Please bear with us in the interim. Whereas we work backstage on enhancing the expertise, one various can be to hear hands-free by way of Google Assistant. This function additionally works with Google Maps so you may navigate whereas listening to Spotify. So as to do this, you may hyperlink your accounts and say ‘Hey Google, play Spotify’.
A follow-up remark from one other moderator talked about that Spotify was “additionally retiring sure options like [its] in-car Now Enjoying 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 more durable for them to make use of Spotify safely whereas driving. Some have additionally accused Spotify of eradicating Automotive View to promote its $80 Car Thing device, 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.
In the meanwhile, Automotive View nonetheless works on my iPhone, however not on my Android gadget. The Android app’s settings display screen does have a Automotive part, but it surely solely incorporates a button to arrange a Automotive Factor and textual content that reads “at all times pay full consideration to the highway and abide with all visitors rules.” 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.
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 “subsequent monitor” or “pause” will even work if music is at the moment taking part in from the service.) Siri can keep in mind your most well-liked streaming service, so you could not at all times should ask it to make use of Spotify, however in typical Siri fashion that function is usually a little flaky.
On Android, you can have Google Assistant default to using Spotify, and on each platforms you may activate Spotify controls within Google Maps (although the buttons are considerably smaller than they’re in Spotify’s Automotive View). Some vehicles will even allow you to management Spotify by way of CarPlay, or Android Auto. You may run the latter in your cellphone’s display screen as nicely, which provides you with an analogous 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 alternative for Automotive View, or what that alternative will appear like. It appears troublesome to imagine that Spotify couldn’t have stored the function lively whereas engaged on a alternative, but it surely appears decided to maintain happening this highway 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.