A bit of news surfaced over the weekend that’s certainly going to please Uber and Spotify users. According to The New York Times, the two firms are about to announce a partnership that will allow Uber passengers to control the music in their Uber ride.
Uh oh, hopefully riders and drivers have similar music tastes.
The two firms are said to make the announcement sometime today during a conference call, the news outlet reported. It will initially be supported by Android and iOS smartphones that will be able to tap into the driver’s Uber iPhone to play tunes. Presumably, Uber will need to provide drivers with the appropriate connectivity – whether it’s an AV cord or instructions on how to enable Bluetooth to the car. The New York Times didn’t explain how the connection will work. It seems possible that a rider will be able to enter his or her Spotify credentials into the Uber app before the ride, and then possibly tap into the radio using Bluetooth or a shared Wi-Fi connection, but we don’t know the logistics.
While it might be a welcome new feature for Uber riders, how will drivers react? We don’t suspect a driver will appreciate a carload of rowdy riders blasting Hanson tunes on a Friday night – but at least they still have control of the volume. We’ll fill you in on the logistics of how this all works if and when the partnership is announced later today.
Update: Well that was quick, it’s official now. Here’s how it works, according to Spotify, which said the service is going live on Friday, Nov. 10 in 10 cities:
- Connect your Spotify account from the Uber Profile screen or sign up.
- Request a ride in the Uber app. If you get matched with a music-enabled Uber, the music bar will appear at the bottom of the Uber app.
- Tap the music bar and select music from our ready-made playlist, your playlists or search for something new.
- If you want you can wirelessly control the music from either the Uber or Spotify apps until you arrive at your destination.
- Sit back and enjoy the soundtrack to your ride.