The Spotify Car View feature, which was designed to help drivers stay focused, is being discontinued, as confirmed by a forum moderator. User-friendly information was provided, and music playback could be managed with big buttons for use while driving.
There will be “new ways to deliver the best in-car listening experience,” the moderator says. Meanwhile, rumors have circulated that Spotify is planning to implement a vertical video feed in its app, similar to TikTok. Artist or user-created short videos may be featured.
On a thread in the Spotify community forum, a number of users started complaining about the lack of Car View. The music streaming service is “retiring the car view feature,” a moderator replied to users’ messages.
He added that the company is always looking into better ways to provide the best audio experience while driving. “Think of retiring [the] car-view as something that needs to happen in order to make way for new innovations coming down the track,” the moderator wrote.
It’s unclear if both Android and iOS will lose their functionality at the same time. Google Assistant now supports Spotify, allowing users to listen to music without actually touching the device. As the moderator explains, users can integrate their Spotify and Google accounts for hands-free voice commands.
As Spotify was said to be developing a touch-controlled in-car accessory, this could be a well-considered choice. Eventually, it debuted the Spotify Car Thing, a smart accessory with a screen that can be activated with the phrase “Hey Spotify” to receive voice commands. Either the front-mounted dial or the touchscreen can be used to operate it.
Swedish music streaming service Spotify is rumored to be developing a TikTok-styled short video feature. According to a tweet by Chris Messina, the fourth icon in Spotify’s toolbar will be called Discover and will feature a “pared down version of a TikTok-style feed of vertical music videos” that can be liked or skipped.
The company’s Canvas feature, which enables users or artists to convert static song/album art into eight-second visual loops, will also likely be used, according to Messina.