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Spotify Confirms Uber Partnership: Here’s What You Need to Know

by Todd Haselton | November 17, 2014November 17, 2014 11:00 am PDT


Spotify on Monday confirmed that it will partner with Uber in a new initiative that will allow riders to control the music during their Uber rides. Don’t go jumping into a car just yet, though, there are a few things you need to know about beforehand.

First, the service will go live on Nov. 21, but only in 10 initial launch cities followed by a global rollout in the “coming weeks.” Spotify said that premium users – those who subscribe to its monthly plans – will be able to connect their Spotify accounts with an Uber profile using iOS or a beta version of a new Android application. An option is reportedly on the way for free users, too, in addition to the possibility of podcasts and other features.

Before anything happens, however, a would-be Uber rider needs to be matched up with a “music-enabled Uber” driver. It’s up to drivers whether or not they want to allow this functionality or not. According to¬†Business Insider, some drivers are already expressing fear that opting out could result in lower ratings – though the issue could be twofold: a driver may rate a rider who plays obnoxious music poorly, too.

If you do happen to grab a car with Spotify enabled, you can then control music from inside your Uber app by tapping a new “Music bar” and then choosing from a Spotify playlist or one of your own. Music is streamed wirelessly (or through an auxiliary cable) and controls will be present in both your Uber and Spotify apps. Riders will reportedly be able to control the volume, though we assume the driver has the final say in just how loud it gets – that seems like it could actually be rather dangerous.

Initial roll-out cities include New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, Sydney, Singapore, San Francisco, Nashville, London, Stockhold and Mexico City.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...