“Hey Spotify, listen to my favorites.”
Starting Tuesday, any Spotify Premium user can purchase the first hardware component of the streaming service. Car Thing, as the device is descriptively called, is made for listening to audio in the car as it is hands-free and voice-controlled which hopefully means no more scrolling and clicking the Spotify app on your phone during the guide.
It looks like a small tablet screen with the Spotify interface and can be mounted in the front console area of most cars.
Car Thing it was officially announced in April and was only available to select Premium users in October. Now anyone who pays for Spotify can buy the device for $ 89.99. It’s just a one-time fee to own the device that links your paid music subscription to the car.
It requires your phone and a data plan to work, so it’s not a true standalone product. It plugs into a 12-volt power outlet (also known as a cigarette lighter) and syncs with your phone to play through your car stereo.
You just have to say “Hey Spotify” to find any song, album, artist, playlist or podcast you want to listen to. There’s also a touchscreen and with physical buttons, so you can go on the hunt for a playlist the old-fashioned way if Spotify has a hard time with your voice commands.
News with the wide version , Spotify has added some new features to Car Thing, including night mode. This dims the screen brightness when it is dark. Another addition is “add to queue”. This voice command, well, queue whatever you want to hear next.
The device will be sold via the Spotify website. Now, if someone asks, “What’s that thing in your car?” you can accurately answer “It’s a machine thing”.