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Spotify kills Car View but promises something better
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(Pocket-lint) – Music and driving go hand in hand, in fact we dare say the car is one of the main places people listen to music.
Spotify knows it and offers a Car View mode for many years, providing users with large buttons for easy and safe music selection on the go. Unfortunately, it looks like Spotify has removed the feature and people are understandably upset.
In a discussion thread on Spotify’s community forums, users complained that Car View was no longer showing up in the app’s settings. The application now displays its default view no matter what. A forum moderator confirmed that the feature is essentially dead.
“We can confirm that we are removing the display function from the car. That doesn’t mean, however, that we don’t want to improve the way our users listen to Spotify while driving. Rather, we are actively exploring a variety of new ways to deliver the best in-car listening experience. Think of taking the view off the car as something that needs to happen in order to make room for new innovations to come. “
You may recall that Spotify launched its Car Thing accessory earlier this year, which makes it easier for users to control their music while driving. As great as it is, it has yet to launch outside of the US and forcing users to buy an $ 80 device to perform functions that were once available in the app is obviously going to annoy customers.
The thread offered workarounds, like using Google Assistant or Siri to control Spotify in the car, but why they had to remove Car View is unclear. You would expect Spotify to leave the current Car View option in place while working on its replacement.
At the moment, we don’t know how Spotify plans to “improve the experience”, but we hope they will do so sooner rather than later.
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Written by Luke Baker. Originally published on .