CarPlay and Spotify...a match made in HELL


CarPlay and Spotify...a match made in HELL

Casual Listener

Apple's CarPlay has been out for awhile now, but Spotify hasn't seemed to address any of the major issues I and I'm sure many of you have encountered.  I primarily use Spotify in my car to replace using the builtin music player. I purchased my AVH-4000NEX for the sole purpose of CarPlay and the Spotify integration. Unfortunately in it's current form these 2 don't seem to play well with each other at all, and the experience is often frustrating and borders on being unusable at times. I currently am running the latest firmware update from Pioneer (1.0.8) I believe, and have that paired with an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.1.3.


Here are the problems I've encountered. Feel free to add yours and let's see if Spotify reads these boards and will do something about it


1. Trying to open Spotify from CarPlay results in app freezing (happens fairly frequently)


2. Selecting playlists and tracks from CarPlay results in huge lag or becomes completely unresponsive (happens fairly frequently)


3. Music shows as playing but no sound is output. Have to close app on phone and restart. Sometimes that works, or have to shut down phone completely and restart (happens every once in awhile)


4. Most annoying and most common problem: Almost every time Spotify connects with CarPlay, it randomly starts playing music from the YourMusic playlist, instead of continuing to play from where it left off. This is beyond annoying as re-selecting the desired playlist results in many songs playing over and over again. Just make it continue playing where it left off. (Occurs 99% of the time Spotify connects with CarPlay)


5. Lastly sometimes the app just flat out crashes in the middle of tracks, and restarts the phone.


89 Replies

Casual Listener
I've seen that issue a lot as well ; it's been there for a while. The song
plays in accelerated mode until you unplug and plug the USB back. This
happens when starting Spotify. Never happened to me when it's already

Casual Listener


I am on version


It works, but only sometimes, and there's no rhyme or reason to it.  It definitely is not right and certainly compares unfavorably to how other apps work.


Absolutely not "fixed" yet.


Casual Listener
Particularly this helps. You are right, it works, if you start Spotify before connecting to carplay. But only once a time. The second and third try didn't work anymore. In my opinion a poos solution which is not workable for me. However, thanks for that.

I will move to Apple Music.

Music Fan
I hope so! This is an unmitigated disaster and is downright dangerous to use while driving. It's enough to make me consider bailing to Apple Music when it debuts.

Music Fan
6. Won't stay paused; cuts off Siri by resuming play on its own.

Community Legend
Thanks for the reports of this, I have escalated the CarPlay issues to the Spotify team, I will let you know when there is an update.