Spotify Starts Testing New CarPlay Interface With Queue System

Spotify has introduced a new CarPlay interface in the latest beta version of the app that is now available via TestFlight.

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Image credit: Shaun Ruigrok

Notably, the redesigned UI adds a new queue system that brings the Spotify ‌CarPlay‌ experience a lot closer to the way Apple Music works.

Users can now see which tracks are queued up without having to look at their iPhone, thanks to a "Go to queue" button on the Now Playing screen. Users can now also navigate to an artist's Spotify page by tapping the artist's name.

Elsewhere, the ‌CarPlay‌ app includes four tabs at the top of the screen for quick access to Home, Recently Played, Browse, and Library, while more album artwork and new accents add a lick of color to the interface.

It's not known when the updated version will arrive in the App Store, but its presence in TestFlight is a good indicator that it should be on the way soon.

In November, Spotify rolled out support for standalone streaming through the Spotify app for Apple Watch, allowing users to listen to music or podcasts from Spotify over WiFi or cellular without having to have an ‌iPhone‌ nearby.

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Top Rated Comments

kzoojason76 Avatar
41 months ago
Great... now get off your a$$ Spotify, and enable HomePod integration.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
twistedpixel8 Avatar
41 months ago

You can use AirPlay2 to send Spotify to a HomePod. Apple opened up 3rd party direct integration with a recent release. So far Pandora enabled it in their app, but Spotify has been dragging their feet.
Yea but the delay is unbearable. Makes me feel like I’m using BlueTooth from 10 years ago.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rdawo Avatar
41 months ago

Could Spotify integrate into HomePod? Or does Apple prevent that?
They 100% can. When they announced the HomePod, Apple said that it's up to the developers of the apps to add support. So Spotify just doesn't want to do it pretty much.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rictus007 Avatar
41 months ago
A hint about what the next move should be: HoooomeeeeePoooood, siiiiiiriiii .... Spotify is taking, at least in US, it’s customers for granted.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cigz Avatar
41 months ago
They better fix their app since it's so slow and even the animation when changing songs is laggy and it's been like that for months now... i have no idea what they've done with that app but i am using spotify because it always felt smooth and fast but at this point i'm really considering moving to Apple Music even though i don't like the interface.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MacAddict1978 Avatar
41 months ago

Suck it Spotify. Pay for premium and get ads. But because it’s a podcast all is fine and it’s embedded in the podcast so the end.
Which is like literally EVERY PODCAST on every platform. You can skip them.

It's not an "AD" for the hosting service when its literally part of the content you are listening to. That's like saying Netflix advertises no ads but shows your product placements in movies that they didn't make.
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