17 NOVEMBER 2014 by Dolf
Streaming service Spotify and car service Uber have announced a partnership, allowing users to listen to music from their Spotify accounts over the stereo on Uber rides.
The basic setup is this: Customers connect their Spotify account to the Uber app, request a ride, and get matched to Spotify-enabled Ubers. The driver pulls up, the customer hops in, and from there, they’ll be able to play music from the customer’s Spotify account inside the vehicle.
(One catch: You’ll need a Spotify Premium account. Sorry, freeloaders.) Uber will also have their own curated Spotify playlists, if you don’t have your own music already picked out.
The service will launch on November 21 in ten cities: New York, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Mexico City, Nashville, Singapore, Stockholm, and Sydney. Artists such as Diplo, Kevin Drew, Andrew W.K., Matt and Kim, and more will participate in live sessions and ride-alongs in some of these cities.
(That could be fun, or terrifying—imagine having to make non-awkward conversation with Diplo for the entirety of a cab ride.)
Below, watch a demo video of how the service works.
Read “Station to Station”, Eric Harvey’s feature about the past, present and future of streaming music.