I'm not sure if the problem is with Android Auto or Spotify. The reason I think that it's with Spotify is that Audible works fine with AA. I can see the image that goes with the book I'm listening to, and the steering wheel controls work to skip to the next chapter or to listen to a previous chapter. The controls worked with Spotify as well before some time in December. On the 'infotainment' screen, I also used to see the image that went with each song . These were all downloaded/offline songs. When I go running, my Spotify playlists (all downloaded songs) work perfectly. I've spent so many hours trying to figure how to get Android Auto to work again with Spotify. Like others who have complained online, I'm so frustrated. I hope Spotify is listening. Thanks to anyone who thinks they've found a solution!
Thanks a lot for the replies. The day before yesterday I spent about an hour 'chatting' with a very pleasant Spotify rep. who did his (or her?) best to help. However, in the end the recommendation to update Android Auto did not change anything. I told the rep. that they absolutely have to fix things since so many of us have been having similar problems. I presume that Spotify was already working on this issue. It doesn't make sense that people would have to use an older version to make something work better than it does with a newer version. Isn't the whole point of updates to improve how things work? Maybe I'm being overly optimistic! In any case, tomorrow I'll try things again.
Thanks, dparnell, for giving me hope. Indeed, this morning I drove to work listening to a downloaded playlist... and everything now works perfectly. I had gone to the Playstore and installed the 'fixed' version of Spotify last night. I think the date on it is Dec. 18. If anyone has other issues with Android Auto and Spotify not working, Google your problem. However, pay attention to the year in which the post was created. There's usually no sense looking at a post from a few years ago. In any case, a big thanks to Spotify for getting things to work correctly again offline. Hopefully this is how it will stay! 😊
Ok now the offline music works again via AA with spotify but.... I'm experiencing another problem. When i set the playlist desired and then click to see the list of the songs that are comming next the song that is playing in the moment is not pictured as the one that is playing it is always the song before that get the simbol of the current music playing that is annoiyng. Please fix that spotify! A suggestion? Yes i have. Downgrade to the older version before this facelift one because is is terible! Even the search option is hided from the menu. Awful. .