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Spotify has (finally) lifted the veil on its first accessory: the "Car Thing" is a small screen that will allow motorists to access the streaming platform without having to take out their smartphone.

This equipment is therefore mainly aimed at those who do not have a state-of-the-art car, reports



It had been a while since rumors swirled around an accessory that could be marketed by Spotify.

It's now official with this “Car Thing” which is more of a secondary screen for the music streaming application than a sort of autonomous car radio.

Today, we're excited to announce our newest exploration: the limited release of Car Thing, a new smart player that fills your car with music, news, entertainment, talk and more.

Get the details 🚗

- Spotify News (@SpotifyNews) April 13, 2021

Sold for $ 79.99

In concrete terms, this accessory must be powered via the vehicle's 12 V cigarette lighter socket.

It must also be connected to the Internet via a smartphone and connected to the vehicle's audio device using Bluetooth, an auxiliary socket or a USB input.

Once all of these connections are in place, the “Car Thing” makes it possible to navigate in a simple and efficient way on the Spotify application, in particular thanks to a large dial, its imposing screen and four buttons.

In addition, a voice assistant has been integrated.

The motorist can therefore say "Hey Spotify" to launch a song or a playlist.

The "Car Thing" will be marketed at a price of $ 79.99.

At first, however, Spotify decided to offer it to its Premium customers in the United States, the latter will only have to pay the delivery costs.

In a second step, the accessory will potentially be marketed in other countries.


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