Spotify rolls out ‘Car View’ for Android Bluetooth users

Spotify Car View

Spotify has launched an update for the app’s user interface, specifically for users connecting their phones to their car’s Bluetooth system. Meet Car View.

Spotify Car View is designed to make controlling your music player much easier when on the road. Or rather, easier for your passenger, given that using your phone in any way while the keys are in the ignition is illegal. The feature is Bluetooth only – sorry, auxiliary cable users. Spotify’s did use the word “currently’ when saying that only Bluetooth would work. Perhaps there’s a future for aux users. Landscape mode is supported, too, if you mount your phone that way.

Overall this offers a decent halfway house for car owners with Bluetooth, but without a screen with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. There’s a similar chunky clear aesthetic to the user interface. There’s no indication, however, as to whether it will work with third-party retro-fit Bluetooth systems.

It’s rolling out to Android users the world over right now so if you don’t have it, you ought to soon. No word on a version for iPhone users. ‘As soon as we have an update on this feature rolling out to other devices we will let you know here,’ said Spotify in a statement.

Spotify has a good track record of integration with in-car entertainment systems, be that via Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or in-house systems. This latest development sees Spotify spare a thought for users with slightly less sophisticated in-car systems that want a bespoke user experience. 

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Volvo’s new models will have built-in Spotify

Volvo Spotify appVolvo will be the first car company to fully integrate the Spotify music streaming service into all of its models without the use of a smartphone.

Making the announcement at Mobile World Congress 2016, Volvo said its new S90 and V90 models, which are both due to be released in the spring, will be the first to receive the service, along with the XC90 SUV.

Volvo has worked closely with the popular music streaming service to design a useable interface that does not require the use of a smartphone.

Currently, Spotify is only available by using Apple’s CarPlay and Bluetooth, both of which are available on newer Volvo models: the new service means music streaming even if (shock) you leave the smartphone at home.

Volvo announced that this feature will be available in all countries where Spotify is currently offered.

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Tesla adds free Spotify Premium to ALL cars in Britain

Spotify logoTesla has given UK Model S owners an early Christmas gift – by adding Spotify Premium to every car in Britain completely FREE of charge.

The automatic upgrade is underway now and will happen ‘over the air’ as part of Tesla’s routine software updates: owners thus won’t have to do anything to get the upgrade.

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Tesla owners won’t need to already have a Spotify account – the full library will be accessible without signing in, via Tesla’s trademark massive touchscreen.

Those who do have Spotify accounts already will be able to port across their playlists, favourites and other Spotify data into the car.

Tesla won’t even charge any data fees for streaming near-limitless music into the Model S.

Tesla’s made the move because its previous digital music streaming service, Rdio, has gone bust. Spotify is a much more well-known and popular alternative and its inclusion in all Teslas in Europe, Hong Kong and Australia is worth £9.99 a month in the UK.

Spotify is among the leading digital archive services, featuring millions of songs from thousands of artists. It claims to have more than 75 million active users, including 20 million paid users.