Waze taps YouTube Music for audio partnership

Manila traffic affords motorists a lot of free time. And apart from testing our patience on the road, this leaves us with a lot of extra time to play our tunes, podcasts, and audiobooks.



So in a bid to bring communities together on and off the road, Waze recently announced YouTube Music as its latest Audio Player partner. This gives drivers a fresh way of listening to music — all while safely driving.


Originally launched in October 2018, Waze’s full service audio player caters to myriad genres by partnering with the world’s leading audio platforms to seamlessly deliver music, podcasts, audiobooks, news, and more. Since that time, Waze users have driven almost 11 billion kilometers while listening to content from one of Waze’s Audio Player partners. 


Through its partnership with YouTube Music, tech-savvy drivers can safely listen to their favorite albums, playlists, personalized mixes, and more from directly within the Waze app where they get their navigation directions.


“We’re really excited to have YouTube Music be part of the Waze Audio Player family,” said Adam Fried, Head of Global Partnerships at Waze. “We always want to make sure our users have the best possible experience in the car, and now providing them with access to YouTube Music’s huge catalogue means they’ll always have access to their favourite tracks and playlists while on the road.”


YouTube Music Premium subscribers can listen on Waze by opening the Waze app and tapping the music note icon to select YouTube Music as their audio player. They can start consuming audio content directly from Waze right away, including playlists, radio and more. 


Waze initially launched with seven partners, namely: Deezer, iHeartRadio, NPR, Pandora, Scribd, Stitcher, and TuneIn, which joined Spotify and has been available on Waze since March 2017. Since then, Waze has also ventured into partnerships with Audiobooks.com, Radio.com, Castbox and NRJ Radio, who integrated their audio experience into Waze by using the Waze Audio Kit. . 


The YouTube Music integration for Waze Audio Player will begin rolling out in the coming weeks. You can download Waze here, and to integrate your audio app with Waze, apply for the Waze Audio Kit here.




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