Spotify removes “Car View” from its mobile apps

Spotify confirmed that it removed Car View, a feature that featured a simplified Now Playing screen when connected to a vehicle’s entertainment system, from its mobile apps.

Android police report Spotify users started noticing Car View was missing in mid-October. These users questioned the removal of the feature in a community forum thread, which prompted one of Spotify’s moderators to confirm that the company had said goodbye to Car View.

“This, however, doesn’t mean that we don’t want to improve the way our users listen to Spotify while driving,” said the Spotify forum moderator. “On the contrary, we are actively exploring a variety of new ways to deliver the best in-car listening experience. Think of the withdrawal of the view from the car as something that has to happen in an attempt to make way for new innovations to come.”

The moderator recommended using the Google Assistant to control Spotify without manually navigating the app while driving. Meanwhile, the company is expected to work on some improvements to the use of its apps in the car, but hasn’t said what exactly that means.

The removal of Car View from Spotify’s mobile apps follows the introduction of Car Thing, a device that pairs with the phones of Spotify Premium subscribers to allow them to control audio playback with voice commands, the integrated touchscreen and a volume knob dedicated, in April.

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It’s unclear whether the release of Car Thing influenced Spotify’s decision to remove Car View from its mobile apps, but as Android Police notes, “making people buy an $ 80 add-on to give them access to features they already had. it’s not great “even if the changes aren’t actually related.

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