What you need to know
- Spotify has discontinued its vehicle device called Car Thing.
- This device can be attached to the center console of a vehicle for a hands-free music experience.
- US consumers can buy a Car Thing for $50 while the Spotify summer sale lasts.
According to a report from XDA, Spotify has announced the discontinuation of its first-party hardware device made for vehicles, known as Car Thing.
Though short-lived, Spotify’s Car Thing was certainly an interesting car infotainment device. It was usually mounted around a car’s center console and featured Spotify content exclusively – in fact, a Spotify Premium subscription was required for customers to use the Car Thing.
The device came with voice control activated by saying “Hey Spotify” to say what you wanted the device to do. It had hands-free driving in mind for safety, although it also had buttons on the outside and a dial that helped navigate the interface and your playlists.
Regarding the discontinuation of Car Thing, a Spotify spokesperson told TechCrunch: “The goal of Spotify’s Car Thing exploration was to better understand in-car listening and bring audio to a wider range of users and vehicles. Based on Due to various factors including supply and demand of products “chain problems, we have decided to discontinue the production of Car Thing units. Existing devices will perform as intended. This initiative has provided useful lessons and we remain focused on the car as an important place for audio.”
What’s interesting about Car Thing is that there are other similar options on the market, including built-in Android Auto systems that support Spotify. In addition to these options, Spotify also offers a “car view” to use the app on your phone on the go. This feature changes the Spotify app interface, removes the album art and makes the text and navigation elements larger. The Spotify app automatically recognizes when you are in a car and changes the user interface to make it easier and safer to use.
With such built-in driving filters, it’s easy to see why Spotify is one of the best music apps for Android, so stopping the vehicle device shouldn’t be such a big blow. XDA also said that US consumers can still purchase a Car Thing for a discounted price of $50 as long as Spotify’s summer sale lasts.