Spotify just announced an increase in its paying subscribers, but the streaming service also confirmed the end of Car Thing. This was the in-car touchscreen that was launched just one year ago.
Spotify has been trying to diversify its business over the past few years. Spotify has recently launched video podcasts in France, five other countries, and the music streaming platform. The platform also announced in June 2022 that it aims to be the world’s most popular audiobook.
Remember that Spotify will be entering the hardware market with the Car Thing in October 2021. This touchscreen for cars allows you to quickly access all content within the app. The Car Thing has been discontinued by Spotify after just one year.
Spotify has ended the car thing
Spotify’s Car Thing exploration was designed to help users understand the in-car listening habits and make audio more accessible to all. We have decided to stop production of Car Thing units due to several factors including product demand, supply chain issues and other factors,” Daniel Ek, founder, Spotify. Happy, Spotify has announced that it will support software Car Thing units have been sold but the company is closing the short-lived hardware market adventure. Spotify created Car Thing to provide an alternative for users who couldn’t use Android Auto and Apple Car Play in their car. While the device may have been important a few decades ago, more vehicles today integrate native support for Android Auto and Apple Car Play.
This actually reduces the car Thing’s appeal. It is important to remember that the Car Thing can be used as a Spotify premium account. Due to the high price of the subscription, and the additional cost of the accessory (which sells for $90 in America), the bill could rise quickly. Prices have fallen significantly since then.