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Uber and Spotify are set to announce a partnership that will let Uber riders access and listen to their Spotify playlists while riding around town.

TechCrunch and The New York Times report that the announcement will come on Monday morning. The deal will enable Spotify to provide the tunes that come out of the speakers of an Uber vehicle.

How exactly that will happen is still a bit unclear. The New York Times reported that Uber customers will be able to listen to their own Spotify tunes while taking a ride, possibly controlling the music from within the Uber app. TechCrunch notes that Uber has begun asking drivers if their cars have an AUX audio input — those that do not have an AUX or Bluetooth-enabled vehicle have already begun voicing their concerns about potential bad ratings.


A partnership with Uber, which is looking to raise another billion dollar round, would be notable for Spotify as it competes with the likes of Pandora, Deezer, Rhapsody, and even giants like Apple and Amazon in the streaming music space.

The announcement also comes as Spotify is dealing with Taylor Swift, who recently said she is pulling all her music off the streaming service over ethical issues.

Update, Nov. 17, 8:25 a.m. PT — Uber and Spotify indeed announced a partnership on Monday morning. Those with Spotify Premium will be able to connect their accounts to the Uber app and play their own tunes if they get matched with a music-enabled Uber. The integration initially launches in 10 cities on Nov. 21: London, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Mexico City, Nashville, Singapore, Stockholm, Toronto and Sydney.


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