Spotify has released Soundtrack your Ride, a new feature that generates a travel playlist for you based on your Spotify story and your answers to a few questions.
First, your tool asks you to enter start and end points. and then calculates your itinerary and the length of your journey with Google Maps. This is not the first collaboration between the mapping application and streaming service: Google Maps and Spotify were integrated a year ago to facilitate streaming audio while navigating.
Then Spotify gives you a test consisting of five questions. He asks you who you are traveling with, what car you are driving and what your "drive vibration" is (whatever that means). Spotify also asks you two limited questions about music. First, he'll ask you what your favorite genre is for the track (pop, rock, hip-hop / rap, country, indie, EDM, or a genre called "mood").
Then Spotify will ask you to choose "your best driving song" from just six options: Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, Vanessa Carleton's Thousand Miles, Jason Derrolo's Ridin Solo, Life is the highway, the "Sam Hunt body", or the Sucker of the Jonas brothers. (There is a clear separation between tracks with a driving or driving theme and tracks without such a mention or link to the car trip.)
Spotify will generate a playlist with enough songs to fill the length of your trip. which is then saved to your library. Based on my answers – rock, Bohemian Rhapsody and high energy like my vibe – Spotify gave me a mix of classic rock and music that I usually listen to. Because Spotify is always so surprisingly targeted at its personalized playlists, I had the feeling that travel recommendations are less attractive than what I usually get through Spotify's Made for You options.
The Soundtrack your Ride also has some critical drawbacks – namely that you can't actually use this feature at the moment you need it most, such as when you're on the go and realize you don't have a playlist. Technically mobile; I could navigate to the URL of my phone's browser, but the format was not mobile-friendly, with some of the answer options being cut off. There's no way you can access the Soundtrack on your Ride through the desktop or mobile app, at least for now.