For those of you that don’t know, Plex is a media server app and mobile app that when combined allows you to create your own streaming service for video content, photos and music. For video content, Plex is great, but I will not discuss the video playback as you can already find many other articles about that topic elsewhere. This article will cover the music side of Plex for Android; which is what the title of this article “Don’t Plex and Drive” is referring to. Let me start by saying that if you are driving and watching video through Plex, you are a moron and should never be allowed to drive again. That includes those driving or “watching” your Tesla (autopilot) drive for you. You should always keep your eyes on the road no matter what you drive. On the other hand, Plex for music should be safe while driving, right? Well, that depends on you. When you first start the Plex app on your phone, if you have a pin set up you must enter it before getting to your playlist. You should not type you pin while driving, you should do this before you drive or turn off the requirement to enter your pin altogether on your device. So lets say you entered your pin already while parked and pressed play on your playlist and then head out onto the road to drive. You should be safe to jam out to your tunes now, right? Well, not so much. For the past year Plex has had a bug with music playback that pauses the song just before it ends, every few songs. So now you need to pull over in a safe spot, grab your phone, open Plex, skip on to the next song before continuing on your way; just to have it happen again after another 3 songs or so. So your choices while using Plex in the car or on your motorcycle are to risk your life so you don’t have to stop your vehicle every 3 songs (Don’t do this!!), stop every 3 songs and add an extra hour to your commute (Really? Who wants to do that?), use another music streaming app (Google Play Music?), or stop and buy yourself a car charger for your phone.In fact keeping your phone on the car charger is the only way to prevent the song pausing from occurring. Plex has been ignoring this music issue far too long. I can’t blame them for someone else choosing to be distracted while driving and messing with a phone; but why have they not fixed the app that plenty of people paid good, hard earned money for and eliminate the problem altogether? Not everyone using Plex will read my warnings here, and someone might make the dumb decision to pick up their phone while driving to skip to the next song after the app messed up, and well… Plex you know the rest. So again I will say Don’t Plex and Drive, it just may save your life. Unlocking your phone and switching songs may only take a few seconds, but 3 seconds is all it takes to ruin yours or another persons life. Plex, fix your app! I set up playlists for a reason (so I don’t have to touch my radio or phone while driving). Your app encourages dangerous and distracted driving. For those reading this, I highly suggest you look elsewhere for a music streaming app.
Don’t Plex and Drive
About the Author: The3DmaN
Linux enthusiast. I am a of a jack of all trades but master of none. I like to play with technology and build gadgets. I have recently been interested in writing and have started a fiction novel that I may one day finish. I like to review products, but usually only review ones that I like and work well. I don’t waste time reviewing products that stink. My site isn’t as packed with product reviews as other sites, mostly because I pay full price for everything I review. I do not accept discounts or free products for review.