expands the availability in the United States of , an $ 80 music and podcast player for vehicles. The company launched the gadget by invitation only and only billed users for shipping during a testing phase.

Those who signed up on the Car Thing waiting list before now on the company’s first hardware device. In addition, free and premium Spotify members nationwide can now , although Car Thing requires a Premium subscription and a smartphone for connectivity. Anyone on the waiting list will eventually be offered a Car Thing.

Spotify worked on Car Thing for several years before they started shipping the device a few months ago. The idea is to bring infotainment features to almost any car, especially older ones without the latest generation touchscreens. Once you have connected Car Thing to your vehicle using one of the included media, you can use it to play music and podcasts with physical controls or .

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