The new gadget launched by Spotify is free, but users will have to pay for shipping, being available only in the United States of America and, even there, with some restrictions. This is Car Thing from Spotify, but for sure what can you do?

Presented by Spotify itself after months of rumors, it is a voice-controlled accessory to use in the car. It is available today for selected users who will be invited to use the product, paying only for shipping.

Spotify’s new Car Thing gadget has arrived

Spotify Car Thing
Car Thing turns any car into a “smart car”. Credit: Spotify

Car Thing is thus a Bluetooth device that we can implement in our car, created for those who have older vehicles without a infotainment modern or advanced, so they can use Spotify without having to touch the smartphone.

Its purpose is to give the user the possibility to control the playback of music, podcasts and other content from Spotify without having to resort to the smartphone. It has a large screen, a discreet profile, several mounting options and voice control.

It was designed for all users who are unable to connect the phone to the car. Who do not have an advanced information and entertainment center with Bluetooth connection to allow the smartphone to be connected to the car.

To control music and multimedia content with your voice

Car Thing Spotify
The distribution of Car Thing is quite limited at this early stage. Credit: Spotify

Available only in the United States of America in limited quantities, Car Thing is a Spotify experience. If you are in the USA you can sign up for the list of interested parties, wait for your turn until you receive the invitation from the company.

Likewise, its use is restricted to the subscription of the Spotify Premium plan to take advantage of all the functions of the music streaming platform. Furthermore, the company did not specify how many units it has available at this stage.

Regarding the product itself, we are facing a relatively compact, very thin and light, simple construction screen. It has two large buttons on the front, as well as a huge button to interact with the content displayed on the screen.

Created for those who do not have a vehicle compatible with Apple’s Car Play or Google’s Android Auto

Spotify Car Thing
Discreet Car Thing profile, 4-inch screen and main buttons. Credit: Spotify

Car Thing has several options for mounting on the car, especially to be applied to the ventilation grille. A type C USB cable and a car charger are included. The graphical interface of the system is very similar to the Spotify application for mobile devices.

It is also worth noting that on the top edge of the Car Thing we have four buttons of identical dimensions for quick access to the user’s favorite content. Three of these buttons are pre-configured to access different areas of Spotify, with a free button.

We emphasize that Car Thing has no speakers. The audio is reproduced through the car sound system, requiring the connection provided by the smartphone, with communication taking place via Bluetooth between the two ends – smartphone and Car Thing.

Brings several accessories to mount the Car Thing in the vehicle

Spotify Car Thing
Mounting accessories provided with Spotify’s Car Thing. Credit: Spotify

The user can then use an auxiliary cable to deliver the audio to the car’s sound system, provided that it has at least one USB or AUX input. We emphasize that a data connection is required, provided by the user’s smartphone.

The company informed that, at the moment, it is not possible to access and reproduce the content previously downloaded by the Spotify user for offline playback. So, unless they have a good data package, it may not be the ideal gadget.

The Car Thing does not have an integrated battery, so it depends on 12V power, with a cigarette lighter adapter included. It also has a USB-A to USB-C cable and even a suction cup with 3M adhesive for more permanent fixation in the car.

Once assembled, we can then take advantage of the “Hey Spotify” commands, the voice control already supported by the Swedish platform. streaming of music.

In summary, Car Thing is a remote control with a four-inch touchscreen for older vehicles. It is, for now, a test product, collecting user feedback and only available in the United States of America.

You can access the product page at carthing.spotify.com.

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