I’d already paired my phone with our new car on the day we bought it, for the purpose of conducting phone calls. Today, I decided to see whether the car and the phone would team up to allow the distribution of audio. They did. So far so good.
But would it really allow me to play from the Spotify client? The surprising answer — surprising to me, anyway — is yes. Thanks to A2DP, I was able to listen to Spotify through the car speakers. I forgot to check whether I could control the Spotify client in any meaningful way from the car’s controls, but I very much doubt it. If I can control it at all, I’m sure it will be no more than play, stop, rewind and fast-forward.
Of course, this requires a 3G data connection, which I have, but that would get expensive very quickly over the border. For local driving, however, it’ll be a very useful feature. Since our new car doesn’t even have a CD player, having the ability to stream from Spotify provides a necessary alternative.