Spotify Premium, iPhone 8, and 2018 Audi A5. Carplay works great everywhere... except Spotify. Tracks often show on screen as playing, but 25% of the time, Spotify fails to take command of the audio system (no sound). Other times, tracks play sped up to at least doubletime. Unplug, change to radio, switch back to Carplay, close app... a combination of these actions can temporarily fix Spotify, but all this interaction is plain dangerous while driving.
On top of it, the Spotify interface is really bad when navigating long lists of artists or albums. This is simply bad UI/UX design. The litany of problems posted here indicate that Spotify simply isn't serious about their mobile apps. One would think it would be a top priority.
I'm "this close" to switching to Apple Music, unless someone at Spotify can tell me of an imminent and substantial update to their app. Countdown is on.
It's been a long time coming and through lots of frustration, I feel that I have a fix for our Spotify and Carplay issues where you plug in your phone and start your car and spotify doesn't respond when hitting the play button, etc.
Open your Spotify iOS App (make sure you have the latest version and also have the latest iOS update for when my reply was made on 01/09/18.
Goto the settings icon on the top right (the gear).
Goto the Devices option
And make sure the "Show Local Devices Only" toggle is turned "ON" (where it's green). Also make sure the Devices Lock Screen toggle is turned "ON" (where it's green).
These two items being turned on have worked for me for the last 3 weeks where i haven't had ONE issue with Spotify working with Carplay, when I used to have it happen almost daily each time i started my car.
Two other friends have also confirmed this being the fix and that Spotify starts right up when they start their car, meaning it comes up and starts playing quickly, and works correctly 🙂
I was about to test this option when I saw your comment. I have a couple Amazon Echo devices, which the kids love. They play Disney songs, over and over...
I'm too starting to think about going back to Apple Music, not to mention Spotify no longer supports my Pioneer receiver. The advantage of Spotify for me is still the fact I can use it with Carplay (albeit with issues), Sonos and Alexa (Amazon Echo).
If there is one feature I would like to have on Carplay/Spotify is the abilitly to seatch music via voice commands, which for now I can only do with Siri/Apple Music.