Spotify has launched Soundtrack Your Ride, a new feature that generates a trip playlist based on you based on your Spotify history and your answers to several questions.
First, the tool asks you to enter your starting point and end point, then calculate your route and the length of your trip using Google Maps. This is not the first collaboration between a mapping application and streaming service: Google Maps and Spotify were integrated a year ago to make it easier to stream audio while navigating.
Then, Spotify gives you a quiz consisting of five questions. He asks you who you are traveling with, what type of car you drive, and what your "drive vibe" (whatever that means). Spotify also asks two questions related to music, with limited options. First, it will ask you what your favorite genre is for (pop, rock, hip-hop / rap, country, indie, EDM, or a genre called "mood").
Spotify will then ask you to choose "your prime movers" from only six choices: Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," Vanessa Carlton's "Thousand Miles", "Ridin 'Solo, by Jason Derulo's" "Ridin ' Solo, "Rascal Flatts" Life is a Highway, "Sam Hunt's" Body Like a Back Road, "or" Sucker "by Jonas Brothers. (There are different divisions here between songs with a road or driving theme and songs without mentioning or being connected with car trips.)
Spotify will generate a playlist with enough songs to fill in the duration of your trip, which is then saved to your library. Based on my answers – rock, "Bohemian Rhapsody," and "high energy" as my drive vibration – Spotify gave me a mixture of classic rock and music that I usually listen to. Because Spotify is always very surprising with personalized playlists, I feel travel recommendations are less interesting compared to what I usually get through the Spotify "Made for You" option.
The Your Ride soundtrack also has some critical weaknesses – namely, that you cannot really use this feature when you need it most, such as when you are on the road and realize that you do not have a playlist. Technically this works on mobile phones; I can navigate to the URL in the browser on my mobile, but the format is not mobile-friendly, with several answer options interrupted. There is no way to access your Soundtrack Ride either through a desktop or a mobile application, at least for now.