The Singing GPS: Spotify Adds Controls to Waze Navigation App

Do you hate fumbling with your phone while driving? GPS navigation, music, messages, traffic alerts – how are you supposed to deal with all those apps and the road?

Until self-driving cars arrive, the folks at Waze and Spotify have teamed up to make the navigating and grooving portions of your commute a bit more enjoyable.

If you haven’t heard of it, Waze is a community-based GPS app. It collects real-time data from drivers and shares info about traffic, detours, and more with users to improve the experience for everyone. And of course you’ve heard of the gargantuan streaming service Spotify, right?

Well, now the two apps have joined forces to provide a seamless road trip experience. Spotify tracks can be changed while using Waze’s GPS, route navigation can be started from within the Spotify app, and you can even set up a playlist to start as soon as your car gets rolling. Basically, everything you could ever need for a safe joyride is consolidated on once screen.

Users on Android devices will have the music/navigation crossover rolled out to them over the next few weeks. Sorry Apple fans, no word on when you’ll get a taste.

Maybe someday they will be able to send your self-driving car on a road trip based on your favourite playlist? Who knows, but for now at least they can help keep you happy on the way.


Mathew Kahansky

Once upon a time, Mat studied journalism. That's how he became Alan's one-time intern and current-time contributor, and the rest is ongoing history - get it? Mat also studied biology and music, so he has a strangely specific knowledge set that doesn't really apply anywhere other than useless fun facts. He currently works for a music tech start-up in Halifax, and is a big fan of the em dash.

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