Spotify’s Car Thing, a dedicated player for streaming servicesdebut for the first time last April after breaking the cover almost two years ago. Back then, you needed to be part of a select few to get one. In October, the company has expanded its invite list for all users in the US, but still have to queue. Today, Spotify announced that Vehicle Thing is available to anyone in the United States to purchase directly from the company. The device is $89.99 and requires a Premium subscription so you can use it in your car, but you don’t need an invitation to buy anymore.
For a refresher, Car Thing is essentially a Spotify box for most cars – as long as you have an aux jack or a Bluetooth connection. You will also need easy access to power for the player. The Car Thing then connects to your phone via Bluetooth and acts as a touchscreen controller for the Spotify app, just in a more car-friendly form.
Lots of easy-to-navigate menus, all your favorites, and a host of nifty controls – including programmable preset buttons, a rotating dial and the company’s own voice assistant. company. Think of it as one of those satellite radio receivers from the early years, designed just for the streaming age. It’s built with the service in mind, and it frees up your phone’s screen to stay on Waze or Google Maps even when you’re scrolling to another podcast.
If you’re interested in taking the leap, Car Thing is Now available to buy directly from Spotify.
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