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How to buy Car Thing, Spotify’s music player for the car

ByTina R. Wimmer

Feb 22, 2022

Tired of pairing your phone with your car, for some reason? Well, good news: Spotify is making its first-ever gadget, a dashboard accessory called “Car Thing,” available to everyone.

The streaming giant announced Car Thing about ten months ago, in April 2021, and it was essentially free (aside from shipping) for Spotify Premium subscribers who signed up for a list of waiting. The catch was that it was a very limited version, and very few people have had one. But starting today, anyone can buy Spotify’s Car Thing for the low price of $90.

The Car Thing is designed for Spotify subscribers who essentially want this to be the ultimate Spotify streaming device for their car. It plugs into your car (via USB or a 12-volt adapter), sits on your dash (via an air vent or CD player mount), and provides the driver with a large touchscreen to view and control their music and its podcasts. It also has a built-in voice assistant that works with “Hey Spotify” commands, so you can control your music hands-free.

Of course, Car Thing might not be a game-changer for all Spotify subscribers. The device must still be connected via Bluetooth to your smartphone, and you will still consume data. So he won’t let you leave the house without smartphone. And if you’re on a strict data plan, you’ll want to download your music or podcasts to your smartphone over Wi-Fi first.

Spotify’s Car Thing is basically a glorified Spotify remote for people who don’t have Bluetooth in their car. If you have a large smartphone and a car mount, Car Thing basically does the same job (but with a few handy features like a big button and voice control). That said, if you’re a super fan of Spotify, or just want something a little nicer for music control than your smartphone, then this is the perfect accessory for your car.


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