Spotify Launches Smart Player “Car Thing”
Car Thing enables you to play your favorite audio faster, so you’re already listening to that hit song or the latest podcast episode before you’ve even pulled out of the driveway. Switching between your favorite audio is effortless, allowing you to shift gears to something else as soon as the mood strikes. And when it comes to controlling the device, use it in the way that works best for you, whether that’s voice, touch, or physical controls.
Looks very cool, but I think Matt Ronge hits the nail of the head:
It's cool that Spotify is getting into hardware with the Car Thing, but who is this product for?— Matt Ronge (@mronge) April 14, 2021
• New cars have CarPlay or Android Audio.
• In older cars, use a phone mount on the vent
Car Thing needs a phone to work anyway, so it's not like it avoids that hassle.🤔 pic.twitter.com/HJZrIUUI5r
Who is this for really? Have to confess that I signed up, just for the love of hardware1_, but since I already have CarPlay — I find it hard to think when it would be useful. Maybe it will be a Wireless CarPlay cheap substitute. Still, it does look nice.
Now we know why they were looking for harware talent a few years back.↩︎