Volvo Cars to integrate Spotify music streaming service in new models
The announcement was made at the 2016 Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, where the carmaker showed its bespoke interface for Spotify, which uses the touch screen in the new XC90, S90 and V90, and removes the need to use a smartphone for music streaming while on the road. The interface also includes the Spotify Connect functionality, which allows passengers to use their mobile devices as remote controls for the Spotify in-car app without the need to connect their devices to the car or drain their batteries.
Accessing Spotify will require a Premium subscription. A 30-day free trial period will be available for those new to the service. The app will be available for Volvo owners in all countries where Spotify is available.
“As before, you can still play music from your Spotify smartphone app in your car, or you can use the in-car app, which will contain all of your favourite playlists, artists and albums. And with Spotify’s ability to deliver extremely high-quality streaming, it has never been a better time to get the most out of the Bowers & Wilkins sound system in our new XC90, S90 and V90,” said Björn Annwall, senior vice president of marketing, sales and service at Volvo Cars.
Spotify is also available to stream in Volvo models via Bluetooth or through Apple CarPlay.