Spotify reportedly testing new ‘Car Mode’ layout and more features

The streaming service may soon allow free users to play music offline for 30 minutes everyday

Spotify is reportedly working on a new ‘Car Mode’ layout and a few other features, according to reverse app engineer Jane Manchun Wong. 

Wong notes that Spotify is working on a new Car Mode homepage that shows larger grids of recommended playlists, and a banner telling users they can control Spotify through Google Assistant.

Spotify is also working on a new player UI for Car Mode that includes more options than the current version, like a shuffle button. It’s worth noting that it doesn’t include a repeat button, which would have been a nice addition.

Wong has also revealed that Spotify may soon allow free users play music offline for 30 minutes everyday. A screenshot of the feature within the app reads: “listen without internet for 30 minutes every day. No mobile data or Wi-Fi required.”

If Spotify actually ends up rolling out this feature it will definitely be a great addition for free users, and may even convince some users to switch to a paid subscription. However, nothing has been confirmed yet.

Lastly, Wong notes that Spotify is working on a new animation for when users like a song. The current ‘like’ button is simple and just switches to green, but Spotify is testing a more playful and animated button.

Source: @wongmjane