You can now sign up to buy Spotify’s Car Thing, but you probably shouldn’t

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Spotify is making it easier to get ahold of its archetypal hardware device, the Car Thing, by opening up a waitlist to acquisition the device that anyone tin articulation starting today. The drawback is that present the streaming service’s antecedently invite-only merchandise is $79.99 erstwhile it utilized to beryllium escaped with paid shipping and handling.

While Spotify volition fto anyone with an relationship motion up for its waitlist, whether escaped oregon premium, you bash inactive request a premium relationship to really usage the device. Also, astatine its caller $79.99 price, it’s worthy re-examining what the Car Thing tin do.

The Car Thing comes with a enactment of mounts for your car. Image: Spotify

The Car Thing is not a standalone Spotify device. It connects to your telephone implicit Bluetooth and uses a phone’s net transportation to watercourse and power playback connected songs and podcasts from Spotify’s library. The Car Thing is besides wholly reliant connected your phone’s Bluetooth, USB, oregon auxiliary cablegram transportation to your car, which fundamentally makes the instrumentality a glorified Spotify remote.

In our hands-on with the Car Thing, the included dependable controls (“Hey Spotify) were helpful, but that mightiness not substance if your built-in stereo does the aforesaid thing. The Car Thing is conscionable constricted — adjacent though Spotify plans to update it — and it’s nary longer “free.” I’d urge truly considering whether it’s worthy it earlier you motion up to bargain one.

You tin articulation Spotify’s Car Thing waitlist on the company’s site.

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