Earlier this week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Ford announced that the popular music app Spotify will be the next addition to their Sync AppLink feature. Sync AppLink allows Ford owners to access popular mobile apps using hands-free voice-recognition, creating a safe and convenient experience. Spotify will be making its AppLink debut within the next couple of weeks and boasts all the features of the mobile app. Using only their voice, Ford owners will be able to control all the obvious music commands such as playing and pausing music, turning the “shuffle” feature on and off, or choosing between different playlists. Other, more interesting features include the Sync’s ability to determine similar music you might like depending on what you’re listening to. Spotify’s social media features from the mobile app will also be integrated into the AppLink app as well. Friends can send songs, playlists, albums, and artists to the driver’s inbox, and Ford Sync AppLink will alert the driver, and ask if they would like to play the included songs. This is the first time Spotify has worked directly with an automotive manufacturer.
Along with the incoming Spotify app, Ford Sync AppLink already has a bundle of other apps already integrated and ready to use. The advantages of using AppLink combines the experience of a mobile phone, with the hands-free convenience of your Ford vehicles Sync system. You can do everything from stream music from your favorite radio apps, to having live tweets read to you by your vehicle without having to navigate phone menus while you drive. Sync Applink-compatible moblie applications are available for all major smartphone operating systems including Android and iOS. Applink is already available on most makes of ford vehicles, including the Focus, Fusion, and F-150. To see a list of available apps, and to find out if your mobile phone is compatible, take a look at Ford’s official page for AppLink here: http://www.ford.com/technology/sync/features/sync-app-link/