Update: Uber and Spotify have confirmed a partnership that will let Spotify Premium subscribers become backseat DJs in Uber cars in 10 cities. The service starts Friday in London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Nashville, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney and Toronto.
“The integration couldn’t be easier,” the companies said in a press release. “Simply connect your Spotify account via the Uber app, request a ride, and when you get matched up with a Spotify-enabled Uber, select music that suits your mood. Your tunes will be playing when your Uber arrives, and you can change it up at any time.”
Original report: Anyone who’s suffered through a ride in an Uber car to a soundtrack that harshes their mellow will appreciate this deal: The alterna-taxi service is about to announce a new deal with Spotify that will let you specify your jams on the go, even if your driver doesn’t share your love of Tori Amos or vintage polka.
An upcoming update to the Uber app is set to allow passengers to pick music from their own Spotify playlists to pipe through their Uber lift’s stereo speakers.
The partnership between Spotify and Uber is expected to be announced today. Speaking on condition of anonymity, two sources told TechCrunch that Uber CEO Travis Kalanic and Spotify CEO Daniel Ek will announce the groundbreaking partnership during a conference call with reporters.
From the perspective of actually ordering a lift, nothing’s going to change. Uber passengers will continue to request rides through the app the same way they usually do. The difference will be when you actually climb in the car. Once you’re in your ride, you’ll be the driver … not of the car, but of the jukebox.
We don’t have details of how the actual app integration will work, nor do we know if it will require riders to download a new app. However, a video released nine months ago (seen above) seems to mock up the service.
Better yet, the rollout is in preparation. Uber drivers have already been asked to update the company with details about their vehicles’ stereo capabilities, such as if they have a port for auxiliary audio import.
Sounds like a great feature for Uber passengers. Uber drivers? Not so much.