Whether your road trip soundtracks consist of music, news, entertainment, or talk, Spotify’s Car Thing has you covered. The new smart player, presently available to pick out customers in the US, places your audio library simply a voice command, tap, turn or swipe away.

“Car Thing allows you to play your favored audio faster, so you are already listening to that hit song or the latest podcast episode earlier than you have even pulled out of the driveway,” in accordance to a Spotify weblog announcement. “Switching between your favored audio is effortless, permitting you to shift gears to something else as soon as the mood strikes.”

You will want a Spotify Premium account to use Car Thing, however setup is simple: plug the device into a 12-volt power outlet, sync it with your smartphone (iOS 14 and Android 8 or above), and join your phone to the vehicle’s stereo. It’s up to you whether or not to connect the included magnetic mount to your CD player, dashboard, or air vent.

Once configured, simply say “Hey Spotify” and ask for a song, album, artist, playlist, station, or podcast. If you are stopped at a red light or in the park, attempt the usage of the 4-inch touch screen or dial to browse, select, play, pause, and find out content; four preset buttons alongside the pinnacle additionally act as easy shortcuts.

“We developed Car Thing because we noticed a want from our users, many of whom had been missing out on a seamless and customized in-car listening experience,” the company said. “No matter the 12 months or model of your vehicle, we sense absolutely everyone needs to have the finest listening experience. With Car Thing, we will now be bringing our whole catalog of tune and podcasts to a wider vary of customers throughout an even wider range of vehicles.”

The device, expected to retail for $79.99, is reachable to Premium clients for free (plus $6.99 shipping). There’s no phrase on how long the “limited” sales will last, or whether or not of us can expect a wider Car Thing release. Spotify did no longer immediately respond to PCMag’s request for comment.

Spotify’s Car Thing provides a bridge between your car’s speaker system and your preferred online streaming service. Available for free to a pick-out group of applicants (you can sign up on Spotify’s Car Thing microsite), the Car Thing is a nifty little dashboard that brings Spotify to life in your automobile.

It runs a version of the streaming company’s Car View, an easy interface that’s easy to use and navigate whilst driving, and whilst the device DOES have a touchscreen, it comes with physical dials and buttons that you can instinctively operate with your hand as you keep your eyes on the road.

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