As one of the most popular music streaming services out there Spotify users demand that the service work across a variety of platforms that they use, so that they can have access to their music regardless of the platform they’re on. That’s why you see the service supporting mobile platforms and even streaming sticks like Chromecast, it has responded to yet another demand for support by enabling the Android app to work with MirrorLink enabled in-car infotainment systems.
Users with MirrorLink enabled systems need to download RockScout on their systems first in order to use Spotify, RockScout is a simple download which brings participating Android music apps to supported infotainment systems.
To make the music apps work with the system RockScount uses Media Browser Service which is a standard API in Android. With support for MirrorLink apps are more driver-aware and can be controlled through rotary-knob and touch infotainment systems. It frees up the developer from further development or integration with RockScout being free and open-source.
In case you’re wondering whether this works with an iOS device, it doesn’t, the API that it’s using to make Spotify work with MirrorLink enabled systems is limited to the Android platform.
On the other hand if you’re someone who has an Android Auto powered infotainment system then you have no need for this anyway.