Free in-car Spotify is music to the ears of Tesla Model S drivers
Tesla has announced that drivers of its Model S in Europe, Australia and Hong Kong can now stream music via Spotify Premium for free. The new feature has been delivered as by way of Tesla's latest over-the-air software update. Spotify replaces Tesla's previous music partner, Rdio.
The Spotify roll-out has been configured to work with the media player in both new and existing fully-connected Model S sedans. It is provided by Tesla as a benefit for Model S drivers, who do not need to sign up for a Spotify account to use it.
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Once updated, each Model S will come with its own Spotify Premium account that can only be used in the car. Alternatively, so as to be able to access the same account away from the car, it's possible for users to create a new Spotify Premium account or to link an existing one.
Spotify can be selected directly from the menu of the car's infotainment system. It is then possible to search for music, to browse featured playlists, new releases and categories, and to listen to saved music. Users can also save music and listen to artist-based radio, plus they can follow artists, playlists and radio stations.
Spotify says there is no date set yet for when it might be rolled out to the US. The firm expects to announce more car partnerships in the coming months.