As anyone who drives their own car knows, one of the greatest pleasures in automobiling comes from being able to choose what music is played in the car. It’s one of the greatest advantages of being an adult and driving yourself instead of just relying on app-controlled chauffeurs to carry you around. Now, though, even people use who use those app-controlled chauffeurs will be able to force everyone in the car to listen to what they want to listen to. Well, as long as its not Taylor Swift.
This is all thanks to a new partnership between hip taxi service Uber and music streaming system Spotify, and it’s all pretty straightforward from there. Uber users will be able to connect to their Spotify account from the Uber app, and if they get a music-enabled driver when they request a ride, they’ll be able to use either the Uber or Spotify app to control what music is played off of the car’s speakers when they get in. In other words, they get to tell the person who is driving them around in their own car what music they have to listen to while they do so. This new means of annoying Uber drivers will be available on November 21 in Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Nashville, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, and Toronto, and will soon expand to other cities as well.
Here’s a promotional video that Uber and Spotify released to explain the system, and, surprisingly, it does not contain the phrase “new means of annoying Uber drivers.” It also doesn’t explain if the drivers will be able to control the volume, or if they’ll lose points in their star rating if they tell you how much your taste in music sucks. Surely nothing will stop them from silently judging you, at least.