Tesla makes everything from electric cars to solar panels and home batteries but it’s not a company that’s known for music. However, soon it could be. According to a new report, Tesla is having discussions with record labels as it wishes to develop a music streaming service of its own. The question is, what does Tesla want to achieve with a music streaming service?
Recode hears from multiple music industry sources that Tesla has had talks with all major record labels to license their catalog for a music streaming service of its own.
The service will reportedly come bundled with the company’s cars. It’s no secret that Tesla’s cars already come with an on-board computer that’s basically a giant touchscreen with internet connectivity.
The sources that spoke to the scribe aren’t fully clear about the scope of Tesla’s music streaming service, but the company is believed to be looking at different tiers of service which would also include an online radio service similar to Pandora.
One could argue that Tesla could just integrate one of the existing services like Spotify or Apple Music in its cars right off the production line. Tesla already has a similar deal with Spotify for all Teslas sold outside the United States.
A spokesperson for the company said that “We believe it’s important to have an exceptional in-car experience so our customers can listen to the music they want from whatever source they choose.”
It’s unclear right now if Tesla is going to reach a deal with the labels that would enable it to launch its own music streaming service.