Totally agree with many previous commenters. I listen to podcasts on my phone and music on my work laptop. I want to pick up each of them separately and it's pretty irritating to have to search back to a podcast episode on my phone to pick up where I left off.
The suggestion to create and maintain separate accounts is a lazy workaround. At least admit that it's not ideal and what you're suggesting is a workaround but don't pretend that having your users create and maintain multiple logins is the ideal solution.
Just implement a feature that allows people to keep their device activity linked or separated. That's it. Basta.
That doesn't mean people are trying to cheat Spotify out of revenue by sharing multiple devices. Spotify can still stop a user playing on two devices at once but allow users to keep what each device activity totally separate.
Thanks so much for posting this link. With that, people who agree with what's posted here can go there to register a vote with at least a small expectation that Spotify will pay attention. However, as you said, it's been sitting there as an idea since 2014, and nothing has been done about it, so we shouldn't hold our breath for a solution. How can Spotify justify this lack of responsiveness?
Quick update, I no longer use this as a solution. Spotify stopped working for me in Android Auto and after attempting troubleshooting, I decided to cancel my subscription. I now use YouTube Music, which doesn't seem to share the problems we're discussing in this thread.
I miss the Spotify playlists a bit, but it doesn't matter if I can't actually use them in my car, which is where I listen to music most often.