BMW 5 Series 2016 - Spotify stopped working, I am very **bleep**, this is the second time, the other one was when they discontinued support for the Bang &Olufsen 1 1/2 year old A9 MK1. It is just a total disrespect for premium customers. I will start to reconsider other players.
Re: BMW Connected Drive spotify shows up but does not play
I have a 2018 BMW M4 with iDrive 6.0, for the first 9 months my bluetooth Spotify integration has been perfect. Then 5 weeks ago it just went dead, when I launch the app on iDrive I get a blank screen and no Spotify.
I uninstalled the Spotify app and rolled it back to an old APK from early November 2018, roughly version 8.4.78, and iDrive integration was still broken.
I then went back to an APK from September 2018, version 8.4.70, and it now works again as intended.
So at some point in October/November 2018, Spotify released something that bricked the BMW iDrive 6.0 Spotify connectivity. That's confirmed by it now working when I rolled back to an earlier APK from September, and being broken again when I install the latest version.
I'm reporting this purely so that it's logged, an extra voice if needed, but I pay for the service so I expect it to be supported and dealt with in the same way as any other fault is reported on a paid service. There has been NO updates to the BMW iDrive software recently, definitely not to my car any way.
Though it's clear to me that the Spotify update broke it, and it stayed broken, I'm thinking now of raising an issue with BMW directly, or might speak with my local BMW main dealer about it. It's simple mis-selling if they sell a car with a feature that is then taken away later without notice.
I wonder whether there was an update to Spotify's API or similar. As far as I can work out, the car instructs the phone to launch the BMW Connected app, and then BMW Connected launches the Spotify app. I presume the car then continues to talk to the BMW Connected app, which in turn instructs Spofity to play/pause/skip/etc. It'll also be asking for track lists, playlists, etc. It'll be doing that via an API.
I own a Samsung Galaxy Watch and the Spotify app for that has also stopped connecting to Spofity installed on my phone. At the exact same time, if I had to guess.
In fact, I've just found the Github page for the Android SDK - https://github.com/spotify/android-sdk/releases. It got an update 7 days ago and on the 17th Oct before that. Perhaps BMW need to update the Connected app to use the latest version, as do whoever makes the Spofity Galaxy Watch app (Spotify themselves?).