Car Karaoke with Spotify [video]

Last week’s road trip out west to avoid Hurricane Irene was a long one. On the equally long drive back, I needed a boost to keep me alert and awake on the road. Caffeine doesn’t do anything for me, but music does.

Enter Spotify, a streaming music service with a library of over 15 million songs. Basically, you can search for an artist, song, or album and play it instantly. It’s awesome.

It’s free to use Spotify on your computer if you can tolerate the occasional ads while streaming music. You can upgrade to Unlimited ($4.99/mo) to remove the ads. However, you have to upgrade to Premium ($9.99/mo) if you want to use Spotify for streaming music on your phone. With the night drive ahead of me, the $10 monthly fee was well-worth us getting back safely.

During the night, I rocked some Foo Fighters, Guns ‘N Roses, and David Crowder Band – a sweet, if not curious, tour lineup – to keep me going. During Cool Mum’s morning shift, she had a different idea for Spotify:

We essentially turned the Cool Fam Wagon into a Karaoke Club on Wheels. You too can spice up your road trips like this! What you’ll need:

  • A smartphone with a data plan
  • The Spotify App with Premium membership purchased
  • A cable that has two headphone plugs (one on each end)
  • A car stereo system with an AUX input (probably looks like a headphone jack)

To start playing So You Think You Can Sing and Drive:

  1. Plug one end of the cable into the headphones jack of your phone. Plug the other end into your car’s AUX input.
  2. Switch your car radio to AUX.
  3. Start the Spotify App and search for your favorite artist with the term ‘karaoke’.
  4. Play your song of choice while the singer channels his/her Justin Guarini/Ryan Starr. Google the lyrics if needed (which is what I did. What, you thought I had the lyrics to “Here Comes the Hotstepper” memorized?)
  5. Extra credit: Videotape the proceedings for embarrassing footage to post on your blog.

Keep your hands at 10 and 2, and keep reaching for the stars!

This post is part of Works for Me Wednesday.

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