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Spotify refuses to fix a bad driving hazard, calls it a feature instead.

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Posted (edited) · Original PosterOP

Been trying to get Spotify to fix a bug ... found community backlash .. then this on Reddit ... https://www.reddit.com/r/spotify/comments/csawse/spotify_refuses_to_fix_driving_hazard_calls_it_a/

 

The issue is that when you play music using Spotify while driving and plugged into the power the screen still locks.  So people driving need to either keep tapping the phone every minute, or have to re-auth to unlock it using face ID.  Pretty unsafe in my book.

 

It is amazing how a company just refuses to fix an actual bug they introduced and everyone is telling them is a driving hazard.

And the way they try to just fob everyone off is amazing ... such arrogance.

 

This might be a good story for TechQuickie

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the latest software update disabled the ability to keep the screen open while recharging. After numerous reports of users being asked to reauthenticate with their iPhones every few minutes while driving, the music company has so far refused to acknowledge the community's safety concerns and has instead decided to promote this as a 'feature'.

 

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Surely you shouldn't be touching your phone at all when driving, so this shouldn't be an issue


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Not sure this classifies as "news" per se...

 

Seems Spotify are trying to discourage interacting with the device at all during driving. This could be bypassed itself in iOS however. Given that the phone is on the charger when this "feature" occurs, there should be no problem with extending the time to have the screen power off.


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Here's the thing ... the screen locks even when phone is on desk plugged into power.

 

No other Music app - including Apple's and YouTube's locks while it is playing.

 

It really is a strange and unwanted 'feature' and people are rightly pissed about it.

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Not really that big of a deal imo.

Spotify starts up when my phone connects to my car's stereo via bluetooth, and then I can go to the next/last track, play/pause, and control volume from there. No need to touch my phone unless I want to change playlists, but something like that shouldn't be done while you're driving anyways.

 

Not really something for people to be "pissed" about. Annoyed? sure, but pissed? nah.


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I don't mind this, I have finger print unlock and shortcut button to play next or previous or repeat the song. 

 

I also use Bluetooth with my car and I have the option to keep the screen unlock when connected to Bluetooth if I want it. 


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45 minutes ago, IAmSandor said:

Been trying to get Spotify to fix a bug ... found community backlash .. then this on Reddit ... https://www.reddit.com/r/spotify/comments/csawse/spotify_refuses_to_fix_driving_hazard_calls_it_a/

 

The issue is that when you play music using Spotify while driving and plugged into the power the screen still locks.  So people driving need to either keep tapping the phone every minute, or have to re-auth to unlock it using face ID.  Pretty unsafe in my book.

 

It is amazing how a company just refuses to fix an actual bug they introduced and everyone is telling them is a driving hazard.

And the way they try to just fob everyone off is amazing ... such arrogance.

 

This might be a good story for TechQuickie

 

This doesn't appear to be a bug, but a feature to designed to not allow playing with the phone while the vehicle is in motion. If the car has the Apple/Google car integration software, then the car itself should let you skip tracks from it's own controls when plugged into the car via USB. If you're using generic cigarette lighter 12V-to-USB adapter, then of course the phone will think you're driving with it on.

 

Particularly with OLED screens, you probably don't want it to have the screen lit up the entire time.

 

My issue with Spotify is that when I'm walking with it, it does NOT lock, and somehow will randomly skip forward or stop entirely like I had touched it, even if I've kicked it back to the lock screen.

 

For reference, it's illegal to have your phone within reach in BC, Canada while driving.

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Last time I checked listening to music was not compulsory,  so this doesn't sound like a safety issue.  If someone thinks music is more important than driving the car and has to tap on the screen all the time then they are a bad driver.   There are plenty of other options for music that are set and forget.


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Whoa Reddit now counts as source? How low can we go?

If its a legit concern then give your feedback on the app store "Hey Spotify I like your app but unfortunately I have stopped using it because it is unusable while driving kthxbai"


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It sounds like a legitimate bug. However, I don't share the opinion that you should be able to use your phone while driving. If you really find it necessary to use then you should get a car with these services integrated.

Here in Belgium, it's prohibited by law to use your phone while driving. Handsfree is allowed.

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@IAmSandor please can you update your post to comply with the Tech News Posting Guidelines. In particular, can you include a quote from the source that you are citing.

 


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7 hours ago, IAmSandor said:

Been trying to get Spotify to fix a bug ... found community backlash .. then this on Reddit ... https://www.reddit.com/r/spotify/comments/csawse/spotify_refuses_to_fix_driving_hazard_calls_it_a/

 

The issue is that when you play music using Spotify while driving and plugged into the power the screen still locks.  So people driving need to either keep tapping the phone every minute, or have to re-auth to unlock it using face ID.  Pretty unsafe in my book.

 

It is amazing how a company just refuses to fix an actual bug they introduced and everyone is telling them is a driving hazard.

And the way they try to just fob everyone off is amazing ... such arrogance.

 

This might be a good story for TechQuickie

Not much of a big deal for me It's illegal here. Only voice command control is legal and it doesn't work on my A5 with Spotify. I have stopped using Spotify since.

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7 hours ago, Kisai said:

 

This doesn't appear to be a bug, but a feature to designed to not allow playing with the phone while the vehicle is in motion. If the car has the Apple/Google car integration software, then the car itself should let you skip tracks from it's own controls when plugged into the car via USB. If you're using generic cigarette lighter 12V-to-USB adapter, then of course the phone will think you're driving with it on.

 

Particularly with OLED screens, you probably don't want it to have the screen lit up the entire time.

 

My issue with Spotify is that when I'm walking with it, it does NOT lock, and somehow will randomly skip forward or stop entirely like I had touched it, even if I've kicked it back to the lock screen.

 

For reference, it's illegal to have your phone within reach in BC, Canada while driving.

Are you not allowed to use your phone as a GPS?


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20 minutes ago, Froody129 said:

Are you not allowed to use your phone as a GPS?

Must like my province. It's not unless it's 100% handsfree. If you have to touch it for information or reroute it's not legal. If you want to touch it you have to be in neutral (manual car) or park (in automatic) and ignition must be off.

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So do I understand the issue here correctly.

You used to be able to keep the screen on while playing music on Spotify and then they removed that feature.

This in turn means that people who used to click on the touch screen on their phones to change music now has to unlock it before switching.

 

Is that correct?

I'd say this isn't on Spotify to fix. If your car is not equipped with some kind of Bluetooth system with music control then maybe you shouldn't be fiddling with your phone at all. Yes, this change means you need more fiddling that you did before, but it's not like what you did before was that good either.

 

 

And no, this isn't Spotify "refusing to fix a driving hazard". The only hazard is the driver choosing to fiddle around with music on their phone rather than pay attention to the road. That is not a Spotify problem, that's on the driver.

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1 hour ago, Franck said:

Must like my province. It's not unless it's 100% handsfree. If you have to touch it for information or reroute it's not legal. If you want to touch it you have to be in neutral (manual car) or park (in automatic) and ignition must be off.

So lemme see if I understand yohr province's laws. If it is 105 degrees Fahrenheit out, and I pull off into a parking lot to check Maps and reroute, I need to shut off the engine, and consequently the AC? A little excessive a requirement there, is it not?


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9 hours ago, IAmSandor said:

The issue is that when you play music using Spotify while driving and plugged into the power the screen still locks.  So people driving need to either keep tapping the phone every minute, or have to re-auth to unlock it using face ID.  Pretty unsafe in my book.

 

It is amazing how a company just refuses to fix an actual bug they introduced and everyone is telling them is a driving hazard.

And the way they try to just fob everyone off is amazing ... such arrogance.

I don't see what the issue is. Having the screen lock itself after a couple of minutes has been a pivotal feature of mobile technology for years now.

 

What's the deal with it being a Spotify 'bug'? It's not like you need to change song every minute, do you? Just slap on  a playlist and you're done, it's not hard. If you want to skip, just wait at a red traffic light and move on.

 

It's not a driving hazard at all, Spotify is a music streamer, it doesn't need your 100% attention on the road.

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12 minutes ago, Zodiark1593 said:

So lemme see if I understand yohr province's laws. If it is 105 degrees Fahrenheit out, and I pull off into a parking lot to check Maps and reroute, I need to shut off the engine, and consequently the AC? A little excessive a requirement there, is it not?

I don't think so. Unless to reroute it takes you and hour and half. Personally it's max a minute and once the air is cool it stay that way at least 10-15 minutes so it's not a problem. Anyway i have voice control for that

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That moment when your car has a really good Bluetooth streaming solution where even the steering wheel controls change the track.

 

No CarPlay/AA though, only MirrorLink, and while Spotify works fine, MirrorLink kinda sucks.


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