Spotify and Waze have become tightly entwined for Apple’s iOS users, allowing for playlists to fire up when navigation is underway.
The integration, which first debuted on Android, detects when an iPhone links to a car’s Bluetooth connection and automatically mixes in music with Waze’s navigation instructions.
But to keep drivers from getting distracted by trying to find their perfect driving song while motoring along, browsing Spotify playlists within Waze will only work when the car is stationary.
Much like playing music when running Google Maps, each time Waze serves up a navigation instruction, the Spotify music will reduce in volume to prevent a clash of noise.
With the apps playing nicely together come the ability to also start Waze navigation from within Spotify, all with the idea of making accessing music and navigation as easy as possible for drivers, and reducing the need to jump between the apps.
“By discouraging drivers from tapping their device to switch between apps while on the move, we believe this partnership presents a valuable way for drivers in the UK to use their favourite technologies whilst concentrating fully on the road ahead,” said Finlay Clark, UK head of Waze.
If iPhone users find this function irritating they can switch off the integration by accessing Waze’s settings or opting out of the inter-connectivity via Spotify’s online settings.
Neither Waze or Spotify mention how the app integration will play with Apple’s CarPlay, but it wouldn’t be much of a stretch of imagination to see the apps’ shared functions extend into the driver focused take on iOS.
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