Spotify’s Car Thing clips onto your dashboard air vent and adds a dedicated controller for your music, complete with a big knob. It’s like having a car radio all over again.
Car Thing connects to your phone via Bluetooth, and provides a touch-display, two knobs, a row of buttons, and can be controlled via voice. And while fiddling with yet another dashboard computer is bad for your attention and road safety, it’s a lot better than futzing with your phone. And that may be the entire point.
“The main advantage of Car Thing is that it’s specifically devoted to playing music/podcasts/talk shows,” Adam Chase, president of Music Minds, told Lifewire via email. “It’s essentially like a radio device powered by Spotify. It’s hands-free if you need it, but also has a display and a large dial for ease of use.”