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This article was published on February 7, 2014

Tesla teams up with Rdio to bring music streaming to its European cars

Tesla teams up with Rdio to bring music streaming to its European cars Image by: Justin Sullivan
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Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in touch via Twitter or Google+.

It’s been a while since Tesla integrated Slacker Radio in its US cars for users to stream music easily via a voice command. Unfortunately Slacker didn’t have the licensing rights for music in Europe, which meant that Tesla’s cars in the region didn’t have such a feature — though that’s set to change now. Tesla is teaming up with Rdio to use it as its dashboard audio service in Europe, Tesla’s founder and CEO Elon Musk announced at a town-hall meeting in Amsterdam (hat/tip GigaOm).

This means that music streaming in Tesla’s European cars should arrive very soon. When asked about popular music streaming service Spotify as an option instead, Musk says: “Spotify’s a good option, you could play it through the Bluetooth… Initially Spotify wouldn’t work with us to integrate it into the car. In the long term, that might change.”

Thumbnail image via Justin Sullivan/Getty Images