World Report, 7/15: Chevy Teams With Spotify Music Service And More

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Spotify made waves in the tech world this week by announcing that it is finally bringing its popular music sharing service stateside. Think Pandora Radio, but now you can play any track or artist of your choosing, on demand. And the best part: the ad-supported music network is completely free and completely legal.

So, what's the tie-in to the world of transportation? As Autoblog reports, Chevrolet will be the first automaker to advertise with the service. Autoblog Senior Editor Damon Lavrinc speculates that this may indicate an interest among General Motors in bringing Spotify streaming to GM cars, perhaps launching with the Chevy Sonic youth-oriented small car. [ AUTOBLOG]

Groupon car deal

In other news regarding popular online services intersecting with the automotive sector, Groupon, the trendy daily deals site, has offered its first car dealership coupon. And, where better to start offering car deals than the Motorcity? The Groupon deal costs users $199, good for $500 off the purchase or lease price of a new or used vehicle at LaFontaine Automotive Group in metro-Detroit. [ REUTERS]


We've all heard of Zipcar, but lesser known competitor Car2go is seeking its slice of the car-sharing pie by bringing an all-electric fleet to San Diego, CA. As reported by Fast Company, this will be the nation's first large-scale EV car sharing program, featuring 300 electric Smart Fortwos and 1,000 charging stations by the end of 2011. [ FAST COMPANY]

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