Amazon Music has rolled out an interface for cars called Car Mode, allowing users easier access to their favorite music while on the road.
Amazon Music has added a new Car Mode for iOS and Android users that allows them to access their music easier while on the road. It is, of course, unadvisable to use a smartphone while operating a motor vehicle at all. However, when it comes to quickly changing a track when it’s safe to do so on the road, this new interface from Amazon Music is likely to come in handy.
Amazon Music has been around since 2007, serving as the music streaming platform under Amazon’s umbrella of online properties and entertainment options. Over the years, the platform has taken strides to differentiate itself from other popular music streaming services, such as its introduction of lossless quality music through Amazon Music HD. Now, it is turning its sights to the modern vehicle and attempting to give its users a simpler way to interact with the app while behind the wheel.
Car Mode for Amazon Music is now available for iOS and Android devices, and it’s relatively easy to set up and use – at least the way Amazon describes it. First, users need to connect their mobile devices to their car via Bluetooth. Amazon Music will then automatically detect the connect and launch Car Mode. From there, users will be able to utilize shortcuts to get to their favorite music, or control their library of songs with the help of Amazon Alexa. Interestingly, Amazon has a safety note that warns users against using the app while operating a vehicle, saying that doing so is “dangerous and may result in serious injury, death, or property damage.”
Car Mode Is Nice, But Amazon Music Is Late To The Game
The addition of Car Mode will be a useful feature for Amazon Music subscribers making their morning commutes or road-tripping on the weekends. However, it feels like a feature that should have been released long before now. Especially since Amazon Music has been around for some years now. For context, Spotify launched its own Car View mode two years ago, and it offers very similar functionality to Amazon Music’s new (but, somehow old) feature. In addition, top phone manufacturers had already taking it upon themselves to create dedicated safe-driving interfaces. For example, Apple has CarPlay and Android has Android Auto.
To be fair, features like CarPlay and Android Auto usually need a compatible car stereo to work with. Amazon Music’s Car Mode, by comparison, only needs a Bluetooth connection between a phone and vehicle, making it a more accessible and cost-effective option. Still, it seems strange that it has taken Amazon this long to come up with an iPhone and Android solution that’s already been deployed by other brands, including its competitors.
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