Most of the music streaming services like Spotify and YouTube Music already have a car mode and now Amazon Music is also joining the party. They have announced their new car mode, which should make it easier and safer to stream your music and podcasts while in the car and driving. It not only gives you Alexa voice control (which the app had previously), but also an interface with simplified controls and larger text to minimize driver distraction.
When you connect your smartphone to your car audio system and open Amazon Music, Car Mode will be activated. You can also activate it manually if it does not activate automatically. Just tap on the menu in the upper right corner and you will see the new mode there. Car mode doesn’t change the functionality of the app itself, but it does make the buttons larger, making it easier for you to manually control playback and other things in the app.
You also get customizable presets for playlists, albums, and stations that you normally listen to. You can also let the app discover the presets as you will be able to pull from the app what you listen to frequently, your existing library, and the music you’ve been browsing. Of course, it also has support for Alexa, which has been there even before Car Mode and which may be the safest way to control your Amazon Music app.
Not all cars have Android Auto or CarPlay, so having this special app interface comes in handy when connecting to your vehicle’s audio system, either via Bluetooth or via an auxiliary cable. Other music apps also have this car mode interface like Spotify’s user interface for use in vehicles. Apple Music and YouTube Music also have their respective modes that will help minimize driver distraction while on the road.
You Amazon Music app You must have the latest version, v 17.7.4 on Android, to get car mode. Hopefully this will make it safer to navigate and control music while driving, as all your attention should be on the road and not anywhere else.