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Spotify Begins Testing its First Hardware: A Voice Assistant for Car

The device plugs into a vehicle's 12-volt outlet for power and connects to both a person's car and phone over Bluetooth

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"Car Thing" is designed with a circular screen on one side. Pixabay

To help people enjoy audio while driving, Swedish music streaming giant Spotify is testing its first hardware – a voice-controlled smart assistant for cars called “Car Thing” – in the US.

“While we know there has been some speculation about our future plans, ‘Car Thing’ was developed to help us learn more about how people listen to music and podcasts. Our focus remains on becoming the world’s number one audio platform, not on creating hardware,” Spotify said in a blog-post on Friday.

The device plugs into a vehicle’s 12-volt outlet for power and connects to both a person’s car and phone over Bluetooth.

The wake word for the device as planned is “Hey Spotify”, which, followed by a song request would allow users to access their playlists and listen to their favourite songs, The Verge reported.

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Spotify is testing its first hardware – a voice-controlled smart assistant for cars called “Car Thing”. Pixabay

“Car Thing” is designed with a circular screen on one side, to display what is being played, and on the other side are a series of buttons that can be used to access playlist presets.

The test is supposed to include a small group of people and as part of the test, some premium users would receive the device for free.

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“We don’t have any current plans to make this specific device available to consumers, but the learnings from our test will dictate how we develop experiences everywhere you listen,” Spotify added in its post. (IANS)

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Netflix Announces Untitled Scripted Series About Spotify

The founding tale of Spotify is a great example of how a local story can have a global impact, says Netflix

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The Swedish and English language series by Netflix will be developed and produced by Yellow Bird UK, with Berna Levin serving as executive producer and Luke Franklin as producer. Pixabay

Netflix has announced an untitled scripted series about Spotify, a Swedish startup that shook the entire music industry and evolved into becoming one of the worlds leading music services.

The limited series is inspired by the book ‘Spotify Untold’ by authors Sven Carlsson and Jonas Leijonhufvud – both business reporters at Swedish Dagens Industri – and will be produced by Yellow Bird UK, a Banijay Group company and the production company behind the upcoming Netflix series Young Wallander.

Acclaimed Per-Olav Sørensen (Quicksand, Home for Christmas and Nobel) will be directing and Berna Levin (Young Wallander, Hidden and The Girl in the Spider’s Web) will serve as executive producer.

“The founding tale of Spotify is a great example of how a local story can have a global impact. We are really excited about bringing this success story to life and we look forward to continuing our great collaboration with director Per-Olav Sørensen and the team at Yellow Bird UK,” Tesha Crawford, Director of International Originals Northern Europe at Netflix said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Netflix has announced an untitled scripted series about Spotify, a Swedish startup that shook the entire music industry and evolved into becoming one of the worlds leading music services. Wikimedia Commons

The Swedish and English language series will be developed and produced by Yellow Bird UK, with Berna Levin serving as executive producer and Luke Franklin as producer.

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“The story of how a small band of Swedish tech industry insiders transformed music – how we listen to it and how it’s made – is truly a tale for our time. Not only is this a story about the way all our lives have changed in the last decade, it’s about the battle for cultural and financial influence in a globalised, digitised world,” Berna Levin, Executive Producer, Yellow Bird added. (IANS)