Spotify Car Thing: Voice Controlled Car Player
The streaming service Spotify has unveiled its first device, the Car Thing, a multimedia player for cars. The gadget is designed to manage a branded music service, giving the user access to his playlists, library, and podcasts.
The new product is a compact device that can be placed on the air vent or dashboard with the help of a special mount. Spotify Car Thing is suitable for both older cars without infotainment systems, as well as models with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Internet access to the device is provided by a smartphone, and the sound is played through the speakers of the vehicle itself.
Music playback is controlled via a touch screen, a hardware controller, or voice commands that are activated by a "Hey, Spotify" greeting. On the top of the device, there are four keys for quickly launching your favorite playlists. The new gadget requires a permanent connection to the car's power supply, and uses the supplied USB Type-A / USB Type-C cable or a Bluetooth module to play audio content.
The Spotify Car Thing player is already available for US users. At the initial stage, the gadget is available only to subscribers of the premium tariff plan, and later it should go on sale for free at a price of $79.99.