Spotify Retires Car View

Posted on November 28, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Spotify with 8 Comments

Spotify confirmed this weekend that it is retiring the Car View feature of its mobile app, which made it easier to use while driving.

“We can confirm that we’re retiring the car view feature,” a Spotify moderator wrote in a response to a question in the firm’s forums. “This however doesn’t mean we don’t want to improve on how our users listen to Spotify while driving. On the contrary, we’re actively exploring a variety of new ways to deliver the best in-car listening experience. Think of retiring car-view as something that needs to happen in an effort to make way for new innovations coming down the track.”

I would think, instead, that Spotify would have that eventual replacement available before it replaced Car View, but whatever. That same representative suggested that users might “listen hands-free via Google Assistant” while they wait for Spotify to come up with something else. I’m guessing this person used to work at Microsoft and came up with the “hard computer science problem” quote when someone complained about Surface Books hot-bagging in late 2015. That idiotic response was the first shot fired in a little incident called Surfacegate.

It’s also possible that Spotify already has its replacement in place: The firm just released an $80 car-add for Spotify called, yes, really, Car Thing. You can’t make this stuff up.

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Comments (8)

8 responses to “Spotify Retires Car View”

  1. JH_Radio

    Why not just use android auto or CarPlay and have spotify work in that way?

    • ringofvoid

      There are a lot of vehicles that don't support Android Auto or Apple Carplay but support phone audio through a bluetooth connection or aux cable. On those vehicles, Spotify Car View and "Hey Spotify" were very handy

      • ulrichr

        Even though my car does not support Android Auto, I use Android Auto on the phone itself, which provides a very simple interface to navigation (Google), phone, and music (Spotify). And as you state, it uses the bluetooth connection to play the music, and also works with the skip advance controls, the volume etc. I can also touch the microphone and ask Google to play a song on Spotify. No Spotify car mode required.

      • JH_Radio

        Aux cable is better audio, although the problem with that is that you don't get the stearing wheel audio controls.

  2. jimchamplin

    Why does Car View have to be retired for them to introduce a new thing? This is software, it's not like a mechanism where components have to be removed to "make space" for something.

    Definitely development by managers.

  3. mikegalos

    Amazing how an article on Spotify dropping a useful feature managed to include a paragraph and a link bashing Microsoft despite them not being involved in any way.

    Yet another example of how reportage has turned into team cheerleading.

  4. abiyoya

    Good. was finding it VERY annoying....

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