Spotify's Dash-Mounted 'Car Thing' Now Available for $89.99

Spotify's first hardware device, the "Car Thing," is now available to purchase in the United States for $89.99.

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Announced in April last year, the Car Thing is an in-car dash-mounted music and podcast player designed to provide a more seamless and personalized listening experience, especially in the large number of cars that do not support modern in-car infotainment systems or Apple CarPlay.

The Car Thing is aimed at Spotify Premium subscribers with these needs and features a touchscreen, a knob for navigation, voice control features, and four user-configurable buttons for fast access to areas such as favorite music, podcasts, or playlists.

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The user interface takes cues from the Spotify mobile app so that it is familiar to users, and there is the choice of touch controls, "Hey Spotify" voice commands, or physical navigation via the knob. The Car Thing works over Bluetooth, or via an AUX or USB cable, and it comes with three different dash and vent mounts to ensure that it fits to the dashboard securely, as well as a car charger and a USB-C cable.

The Car Thing is compatible with iOS and Android devices, and connects to a user's smartphone for data and linking to the Spotify app. The Car Thing was initially only available to selected users who requested an invite during the device's testing period, but now the device is now publicly available in the United States for $89.99 including shipping.

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Top Rated Comments

Spanky Deluxe Avatar
31 months ago
I'm sure they'll sell literally dozens of these.
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BenTrovato Avatar
31 months ago
I couldn't wait to get rid of this thing when I used to have Sirius for the car. This connects to the phone for data anyway, why not just use the phone instead?
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RedTheReader Avatar
31 months ago
I saw a post where someone used this on their desk beneath their monitor a while back. Knowing how cluttered a digital workspace can get and how people often prefer to add physical hardware to simplify this (think of multiple monitors), it actually made a lot of sense. I’ll edit in the post if I can find it.

EDIT: [MEDIA=reddit]MechanicalKeyboards/comments/r2vyf1[/MEDIA]
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BrownyQ Avatar
31 months ago
Honestly wouldn't mind something similar to this but to enable CarPlay functionality. My vehicle is just shy of the model year where CarPlay became a standard option, and the after market devices are just ludicrously expensive for what is, essentially, a vanity.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
majus Avatar
31 months ago
Great. Something else to distract drivers.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ScreenSavers Avatar
31 months ago
That’s actually quite nice. Wish it worked with Apple Music as well.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)