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Apr 12, 2001

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


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.


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.

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

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macrumors G3
Jul 22, 2002
It would be interesting to see a version of this that’s wirelessly enabled. Are there any cars that come with bluetooth internet access sharing or are they all WiFi?


macrumors 601
Nov 11, 2020
Mexico City living in Berlin
Ironically the only cars I can think of that this would be useful for do not have bluetooth, aux or usb either, every other car has it already built in anyway and what would you do with navigation? (I suppose this device does not include Google Maps?) there is only so many devices the fan can handle


macrumors 68040
Jan 6, 2002
I wouldn't mind a similar device that could do wireless CarPlay that I could move to another vehicle when needed. I think Car and Driver makes one but its pretty pricey.
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macrumors 6502
Dec 13, 2021
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.
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