Rdio will be the default dashboard audio service for Tesla vehicles in Europe

By on February 7, 2014, 3:30 PM
rdio, tesla, streaming music service, auto integration

Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently revealed that streaming music service Rdio will be used as the default dashboard audio service for the company’s fleet of electric vehicles in Europe. It is big news for Rdio as the deal is their first in the integrated automotive market but some are questioning why Tesla didn’t go with a larger service instead.

The news came during a town hall meeting in Amsterdam where those on hand were told the service would function via voice commands.

Buyers in the US market have had similar functionality for quite some time through music streaming service Slacker. As Musk outlined during the meeting, however, Slacker didn’t have the licensing rights for music in Europe so they weren’t able to bring the integration abroad.

Musk then fielded a question about Spotify. He noted it was a good option and that it can be played through Bluetooth but initially, it simply wouldn’t work with them to integrate into the car. In the long term, that might change, he said.

If successful, the integration could spur similar deals from other auto makers – that is, assuming Tesla doesn’t have exclusive rights to the service for vehicles. An exclusive deal wouldn’t be the best approach for Rdio as most other vehicle manufacturers have a much larger share of the market and could generate much more exposure than Tesla can right now.

Musk said the Rdio integration will be available very soon.

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Guest said:

Would have been alot better if it was spotify... bc spotify works on every gadget today :) rdio is very limited :s

Guest said:

How about instead of introducing more gadgets to distract the driver and make drivers of unsafe; that Tesla instead works to improve safety.

The Tesla model S. still has defects that make it a fire hazard. Tesla charger connections are still overheating, melting and burning.

On January 9, 2014 Elon Musk said that replacement adapters that are part of the recall would be mailed out within two weeks. A month later Tesla customers have still not received the replacement adapters that are part of the Tesla model S. recall.

Several people have been injured by faulty Tesla charge connectors. Tesla is big on making promises and hype, but short on delivery. Tesla needs to start making safety a top priority. Tesla needs to stop playing blame games and games with semantics. Tesla needs to stop lying. Tesla needs to be proactive instead of reactive. Tesla is being a follower of technology, rather than a leader. Tesla is a greedy corporation that has a disregard for safety. The Tesla model S. is an E-Pinto.

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