Spotify has been busy recently. It is a favorite topic here almost every week. The year started with the launch of Spotify Kids and the news that it was testing more audiobooks as part of non-music programming. It has expanded to 85 new markets and now supports 36 languages. We also saw that the home screen brought more personalized features and a wake word for hands-free listening. Just the other day, there was the voice command “Hey Spotify” in the app and the rumor about a Spotify car.
The rumor turns out to be true since Spotify Car Thing now it’s official. Spotify has been exploring new areas and new products and the result is Car Thing, which is a smart player for the car. It will be in a limited version.
It is a small device that is used inside a vehicle. You’re ready to fill your car with your favorite music, entertainment, news, and podcasts. It looks like a smartphone, but this one comes with physical controls.
Spotify Car Thing allows a seamless transition from another device. No need to bring or connect your phone because Car Thing will start from where you left off. Your vehicle doesn’t even have to be the latest model for this to work; you just need an internet connection.
Car Thing offers a more personalized in-car listening experience. It offers access to the entire library of podcasts and music from Spotify. It can be said that it is an infotainment system in the car, but the company does not aim to rival the units that are already on the market.
Spotify Car Thing offers voice control for easy access, a touch screen, four preset buttons, and a physical dial for convenient control. The latter also allows you to select, navigate, play, pause or discover new audio content on Car Thing. It’s only a limited release, so there is a certain sense of exclusivity. If you are an avid Spotify user, this will be good for you.
This car thing from Spotify it will be available by invitation only in the United States. It’s actually free for select Spotify users, specifically Spotify Premium subscribers. You will still need mobile data or WiFi connection for it to work. It is not known how many units will be available, but each eligible subscriber can only receive one Spotify Car Thing.