Spotify has updated its Tesla infotainment system app with several new features like QR code sign in and audiobook support. Here’s the latest.
This marks the first major update for the app since 2015, bringing with it some much-needed improvements. One of the biggest new features is the ability to use a QR code to sign in to the app—avoiding the need for typing a password. Simply point your phone’s camera at the QR code displayed on the screen to sign in.
The latest update also brings support for Spotify’s audiobooks to the infotainment system. Audiobooks are relatively new to the Spotify app, but now they can be viewed on the screen just like playlists.
The app allows users to easily navigate audiobooks by chapter while listening, too. Finally, the biggest update is a usability one—giving users the ability to tap on an artist or album name from a playlist. While the feature may not sound very novel, it’s been missing since the app’s launch in 2015.
The only downside to the update is that it appears to be gradually rolling out. Tesla owners can update their car’s firmware to see if they’ve got the latest available version. It’s unclear how long it will take to rollout the new update as Spotify hasn’t been responsive to how long it’ll take for everyone to get this new update. Either way it’s nice to see Spotify addressing some of the stickier points for customers. The revamped interface also offers a more modern and user-friendly design to bring it in line with 2023 app design aesthetics.
The simplified login process saves time and enhances convenience for anyone who wants to share their music while on a road trip. Making it easier to find audiobooks is definitely one way to increase adoption of this new feature, which Spotify has only been experimenting with since 2022.