Spotify announces 'Car Thing' smart music player

in General Discussion edited April 2021
Spotify Premium subscribers will soon be able to take easier navigation of their tunes to their cars, thanks to Spotify's new "Car Thing."

Car Thing connects to a user's car via Bluetooth, AUX, or USB cable and enables them to play music and podcasts from Spotify Premium through their vehicle's speakers. It's powered by a car's 12V power outlet and can be mounted on the vehicle's dashboard, in a vent, or the CD player via the three included mounts.

The device features a "Hey Spotify" hands-free control system, similar to Apple's "Hey Siri." It also boasts a touch screen and a tactile dial that users can use to navigate through music. Four preset buttons allow users to access favorite artists, playlists, stations, and podcasts.

Items included in the Car Thing kit
Items included in the Car Thing kit

While Spotify claims that Car Thing leaves your phone free to do "phone things," that isn't entirely true -- the device does not have a built-in WiFi plan. This means that Car Thing will still need to connect to the Spotify app on your smartphone to play music and draw from your mobile data plan. It also requires a Spotify Premium plan, which costs $9.99 a month or $4.99 a month for students.

Spotify's Car Thing isn't out yet, but users can sign up to be notified when it goes on sale. Spotify will initially make the device available for those in the United States, with the device priced at $6.99 or $14.99 for those in Hawaii and Alaska. Spotify will raise the price to $79.99 after the initial purchase period.


  • Reply 1 of 6
    BeatsBeats Posts: 3,073member

    -Said no one because it’s not Apple

    ”Hey, Spotify”

    Gotta hate how every lazy developer copies Apple.
  • Reply 2 of 6
    EsquireCatsEsquireCats Posts: 1,268member
    Spotify seem to be building Apple's defence for them. This is a perfect demonstration that they can indeed make their own platform.
  • Reply 3 of 6
    AppleishAppleish Posts: 701member
    Oh yeah. That's what I want. A dead-end device further cluttering up my dashboard. 

    'Sorry officer. It was that one more screen that caused me to run over that group of nuns.'
  • Reply 4 of 6
    lam92103lam92103 Posts: 140member
    Does it do CarPlay or Android Auto? I cant imagine any other use for this
  • Reply 5 of 6
    JapheyJaphey Posts: 1,770member
    I’ve been a subscriber to Spotify for almost 10 years, and I will never buy one of these. Not even if it was free. Why would they think this is a good idea?
  • Reply 6 of 6
    I can just imagine the ad jingle - based on either "Wild Thing" by Tone Loc or "Wild Thing" by The Troggs. Probably the former.
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