DAY 10

Stuff Singapore - - LONG-TERM TEST -

The sys­tem crashes ev­ery cou­ple of days, and there’s a Spo­tify is­sue whereby it re­fuses to play the se­lected track and in­stead spurts out what­ever it fan­cies from your iPhone’s stor­age. The only fix seems to be to start the track on your phone in­stead: a no-no while driv­ing. For now I make sure it’s play­ing be­fore I set off, but it’s clear there are a fair few faults left. Hav­ing Spo­tify built into my car is great. The land­scape lay­out of the Pi­o­neer touch­screen means a lot of swip­ing to get through a long playlist, and you’re lim­ited to saved playlists and Spo­tify spe­cials, but it does sound a whole lot bet­ter than my old stereo, even through the same speak­ers. I’ve seen noth­ing to al­ter my view that Ap­ple CarPlay (and ri­val An­droid Auto) is the fu­ture of in-car en­ter­tain­ment, but that fu­ture hasn’t ar­rived yet. It feels un­fin­ished, with too many bugs and too few apps. I’m glad I’ve had it in­stalled and ex­cited to see it im­prove, but if I were you I wouldn’t take the plunge just yet.

STUFF CarPlay will prob­a­bly turn out great, but right now it feels as if it’s still parked firmly in beta

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