Report: Tesla Plans To Integrate Apple, Amazon Music In Its Cars

Tesla Plans To Integrate Apple, Amazon Music

Tesla is said to be supplementing its in-car music services beyond Spotify, adding Jay Z’s Tidal, Apple Music, Amazon Music and Amazon’s Audible to its native interface, Electrek reported Monday (Dec. 28).

Most cars provide music and other streaming services by using Bluetooth to pair with the driver’s smartphone. The electric car maker, however, has instead built apps directly into the car’s center display, the report stated. Tesla integrated Spotify last year.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said in the past that the company would soon be integrating the global streaming music service Tidal, according to Electrek.

The report cited a Tesla hacker, who claimed to have found evidence following a software update. The leak, announced on Twitter Saturday (Dec. 26), also showed that Amazon Music, Amazon’s Audible and Apple Music could be on the horizon.

“Entertainment will be critical when cars drive themselves,” Musk tweeted Monday.

The Porsche all-electric Taycan model is the only car currently offering a direct integration of Apple Music, MacRumors reported.

Apple could end up directly competing with Tesla in the autonomous car space with an “iCar,” which could roll out in 2024. Apple has over $190 billion in cash that it can use for research and development and new product lines.

The How We Will Pay commuter survey by PYMNTS in collaboration with Visa, showed that just 30 percent of consumers own a connected car, leaving a lot of room for growth in the automotive tech sub-sector. The study of 9,500 consumers found that the longer a driver’s commute, the more connected they wanted to be.

Further, 39 percent of commuters indicated they would explore voice assistants to pay bills. Comparatively, just 16 percent of noncommuters were interested in that.

Separate PYMNTS research also indicated that the average commuter owns and uses close to six connected devices, and they use each almost daily.