Spotify still freezes when on carplay. I Use IoS 10 (happened als on on 9) and Spotify 126.96.36.1995 on a VW Discover Media Carplay system. I use Spotify in offline mode in the Car. When I access Spotify beforehand on my phone (online) and then get in on carplay it works fine. Carplay will play the offline playlist. But when I later that same day try again on carplay (without accessing Spotify on the phone) it will result in a frozen screen with the play and fast forward Return buttons and no sound.
2016 VW - iPhone 6s - latest software - all of sudden the "Artists" list that appears on the Carplay menu does not match the Artisit list i have on my Spotify app on all other devices. it's very abbreviated and is missing 90% of the list. very frustrating - what do we do to fix that?
4. Occasionally, if I get a call while listening to music, the music continues playing through the call. The other party can't seem to hear it, but it's there, distorted as if coming through the phone line, and louder than a conversational voice. This is very, very annoying.
5. Spotify will crash unexpectedly out of nowhere, and take CarPlay with it.
I thought at first it was just my old iPhone, but even with a new iPhone 7, completely and totally up-to-date, these issues continue.
I'm giving it 30 days, otherwise, moving to Apple Music as it's been stellar, no performance issues, no problems connecting/resuming play, and no weird hiccups outside of the car, either.
Re: CarPlay and Spotify...a match made in **bleep**
I may have found a way to reproduce the problem on my system (Spotify 6.5, Pioneer SPA-DH120) When I leave the house I notice that sometimes Spotify says it is offline, even though it has Wifi or a 4G signal on the phone (and other apps have no difficulty connecting). If I plug it into the car while it *thinks* it is offline, CarPlay fails to work; it lists everything as expected (apart from artists where most are missing but that's a different issue) but will not play any music, just showing the blank title with player controls. If I wait till Spotify thinks it is online before plugging it it, it seems to work OK. Of course, this means that every time I get into the car I need to start Spotify, then wait till it decides it has a signal (whether the phone has one or not), then start the engine and plug in.
UPDATE: just to clarify it doesn't matter if Spotify is on or offline, if it *thinks* its offline then CarPlay stops working even when Spotify returns online.
I also have to say that Apple Music can be a bit temperamental when the signal is didgy but it seems to recover quickly, whereas I'm getting pretty tired of driving along in silence after spending a load of money on a CarPlay head unit.
Excellent analysis. I've been observing the exact same behavior. Could we have someone at Spotify take this serioulsy? I've been opening 2 support tickets and the only feedback I got was : engineers are working on it. I'm not sure everybody knows that migrating from one streaming platform to another is dead easy using the multiple tools that exist online. Just saying.