Tuesday, 22 December 2015 12:49

Tesla partners with Spotify in latest OTA update

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Tesla's Model S owners in Europe, Australia and Hong Kong ‘can now enjoy a seamless streaming music experience in their vehicle with Spotify.’

It’s all thanks to Tesla's latest ‘over-the-air (OTA) software update,’ with Spotify today taking over as the exclusive music partner for Tesla within S vehicles.

Billing it as a ‘unique integration’, both companies say it is ‘an example of a true best-in-class customer experience, with Spotify built seamlessly into Tesla's media player in each fully-connected Model S car (both new and existing models).’

The driver does not need to have a Spotify account or even a phone to use Spotify in the car - Spotify Premium is provided by Tesla as a built-in benefit for its owners.

To start listening to Spotify, simply select Spotify from the menu. Spotify features in Tesla’s Model S include:

  • Full on-demand access to Spotify’s catalogue of over 30 million tracks
  • Search
  • Browse
    • Featured Playlists
    • NewReleases
    • Categories (Genres, Moods, etc)
  • Your Library
    • Playlists
    • Stations
    • Albums
    • Artists
    • Songs
    • Start artist-based radio
  • Save tracks and albums
  • Follow artists, playlists and radio stations

More below, please read on!

Each car comes with a built-in Spotify Premium account that works in the vehicle only. If drivers want to have the same content outside of their vehicle, across other devices, simply link their existing Spotify Premium account or create a new Spotify Premium account.

Jonathan Tarlton, Spotify’s Senior Manager for Business Development, Automotive, said: Car radios have changed very little since the first FM radio was fitted over 60 years ago. Until now.

“This best-in-class, seamless integration represents the future of all music and content consumption in the car, with the best part being that tens of thousands of Tesla customers around the world can already experience that future today."


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