Earlier this week, Spotify and Uber, two leaders of their respective categories, joined forces to allow riders to hop into Uber cars with their Spotify music of choice already playing.
Riders with Spotify premium can simply connect the two apps to add a playlist to their Spotify-enabled Uber. The program kicks off this Friday, November 21, with more cities and cars to come, as announced on Monday.
Uber is personalized access to cars. Spotify is personalized access to music. It all happens seamlessly. This should work well.
So, what music are people going to play a lot in each of these cities, relative to the other Spotify/Uber launch cities?
If history is any indication, we have the answers below, in the form of 10 playlists — one for each launch city where Uber riders can seamlessly access the sweet sounds of their own Spotify playlists. These playlists make for some great, adventurous listening — especially if you’re into the geography of music:
The Distinctive Sound of Spotify/Uber Launch Cities
Here’s the music Uber drivers can expect to hear a lot of in these locations, proportional to the drivers elsewhere:
Note: We get a lot of questions about this term “distinctive.” To determine it, we make lists of the music each city listens to the most — and then, for each city, we compare that list against all the other lists flipped upside down (i.e. reverse popularity). This yields a fascinating list of music, because it includes only the music that differentiates a particular city, without including all of the stuff that is popular everywhere (there are plenty of great charts for that already).