In April 2021, Spotify launched its first-ever voice-controlled device for vehicles called ‘Car Thing’ in a limited quantity to select users. At the time of launch the device was released as a “limited product launch”, so it was not easily available for purchase. Now, the company is expanding access to Car Thing to all subscribers in the United States for $79.99.
Access to Spotify’s Car Thing is no longer limited
The device itself features a thin profile and two prominent buttons on the front and is extremely lightweight and small. Out of the two buttons given, the small button serves as a back button and a larger knob allows you to interact with the touch screen. In addition, Car Play supports the “Hey Spotify” wake command so it can be used hands-free.
Car Thing requires a smartphone to function. The device connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth to allow it to access music, podcasts, and more. The device arrives with a 12V adapter into which users will plug the provided USB-A to USB-C cable. Car Thing does not include a rechargeable battery and needs to be plugged in at all times.
The device also ships with three various mounts: a CD player mount, a vent mount, and a dashboard mount. To easily take off the device, users can even clip a magnetic attachment to these said mounts.
Here is everything you need to know about purchasing Car Thing, as outlined by Spotify:
Select users in the U.S. who have signed up for the Car Thing waitlist will be among the first to purchase Car Thing for $79.99.
All U.S. Spotify users—Free and Premium—can sign up for the Car Thing waitlist.
Car Thing does require a paid Spotify Premium subscription plan—whether that’s an Individual, Family, or Student plan—and connects to your smartphone for mobile data.
We’ve already released some software updates and will continue to evolve and improve it over time.
According to Spotify, it is not attempting to compete with in-car infotainment systems rather it could serve to be an alternative for some users. Car Thing does not provide functionality outside of audio like CarPlay.