Volvo adds the latest in streaming music service into the XC90, S90, and V90.
While other automakers are trying to find the best ways to link your cell phone into their systems, Volvo is taking an alternate route. Really, there are two reasons to integrate the cell phone into the car, Bluetooth use for phone use and accessing a larger musical library within the cell phone.
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A Premium subscription is required to access Spotify onto the Volvo system, but it is well worth it. New users can try the Premium version of Spotify for 30-days, free. After that, a subscription of $10 a month is required. As a personal user of Spotify, the app in itself is great. Playlists for working out are easy to make, and Spotify has other playlists already made. New music is released every Tuesday. There are multiple playlists just for different tempos of working out. Are you a runner? What about a weight-lifter? There are at least twenty different playlists just for the gym.
"“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,” concluded Björn Annwall."
Spotify is available to stream through Bluetooth or Apple CarPlay. However, the Sensus user interface, or the in-dash display, provides much simpler functionality. Cell phones can be used as remote controls for the Spotify app for the computer, or even in-car applications.
Car companies are always trying to find the best audio interfaces. Not all of them look great. Sometimes, the company that makes the app, does it best.