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Spotify’s $89 ‘Car Thing’ music player is now available in the US

ByTina R. Wimmer

Feb 22, 2022

Spotify users in the US can now own the company’s music player for cars.

The music streaming service today rolled out its “Car Thing” product to all Spotify Premium users in the US after a limited test in 2021. In contrast, the Car Thing will cost $89.99, or $10 off more than the price charged to early access users last year.

Spotify began exploring a music player for cars in 2019. “We developed Car Thing because we saw that our users wanted a more seamless and personalized in-car listening experience, regardless of year or model. of their vehicle,” the company said in the Tuesday. announcement.

The result is a smartphone-like device, which clips to your car’s dashboard and can access your music or podcast library via hands-free voice commands. The idea is that it’s an easier and safer option than tapping a smartphone or in-car entertainment system.

The hardware itself has four microphones with noise canceling capabilities, which can pick up your voice commands when you’re on the road. Users can say “Hey Spotify” and request a song, playlist or podcast, and the device should respond accordingly.

Spotify’s Car Thing also has a 4-inch touchscreen, which can display whatever audio you’re playing. If you prefer physical controls, the product comes with a prominent dial, which can be turned like a knob to flip through your music playlists. Another four buttons on the top can be configured for preset music lists.

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However, the device is only for Spotify fans. It requires a paid Spotify Premium account, which costs $9.99 per month. The Car Thing also streams music on the road using your smartphone’s mobile data.

The product can connect to a car via USB, Bluetooth or auxiliary audio cables. It is also compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Interested customers can purchase the product from Spotify’s website.

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