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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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Spotify Announces its Premium Family Plan in India

In addition, it also comes with simple bill feature where one monthly bill sent to the master account holder, for the entire family

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The Spotify Premium trial service, which was earlier available for 30 days, lets users skip any track, listen offline, hear high-quality music and use the app on their mobile device as a computer remote control. Pixabay

Spotify on Tuesday announced the availability of its Premium Family plan in India at Rs 179 per month, giving users more ways to share audio content.

The plan gives family members living under one roof more choices to customise music streaming and podcasts, with ad-free, on-demand music listening experience, the company said in a statement.

“Family time and recreation are a core part of our culture and we want users to discover new music and podcasts through their family, without compromising on their personal taste and app experience,” said Amarjit Batra, Managing Director – India, Spotify.

Spotify Music still leads outside of the US, tallying 75 million subscribers as part of its first earnings report in May.
Spotify Music still leads outside of the US, tallying 75 million subscribers as part of its first earnings report in May. Pixabay

Under the new plan users will have access to 450,000 podcast titles and 50 million tracks/songs.

With Spotify Premium Family plan, listeners will also get individual accounts, where with up to six accounts per family, everyone gets to play their own music and podcasts.

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In addition, it also comes with simple bill feature where one monthly bill sent to the master account holder, for the entire family. (IANS)