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Spotify connects with Volvo.

Volvo integrates Spotify streaming technology into the XC90, S90 and V90

By Grace Cunningham on 2nd March 2016

Volvo advance their music capabilities and offerings by becoming the first car maker to integrate Spotify music streaming into their cars starting with the XC90, S90 and V90.

The integration takes advantage of Spotify’s most appreciated features using the large real-estate of the tablet-like touch screen in the new XC90, S90 and V90, and does away with the need to use a smartphone for music streaming while on the road. The app will be available for all Volvo owners in all countries where Spotify is available in addition to the Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay services already available. However, the native application in Volvo Cars’ Sensus user interface in the new XC90, S90 and V90 provides a much richer experience and a search functionality that non-native applications cannot deliver.

“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.” – Björn Annwall, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Service at Volvo Cars.

Volvo’s integrated Spotify application includes the much appreciated 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.