Spotify Bricks Car Thing Devices Without Refunds, Igniting Backlash

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Spotify has announced that it will permanently disable all Car Thing devices on December 9, 2024, without offering refunds or trade-in options. 

It’s no surprise that users who invested in the gadget are not happy with the announcement. 

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What is Car Thing?

Car Thing, launched for select subscribers in October 2021 and released to the general public in February 2022. The device cost $90 device that required a Spotify Premium subscription, costing $10.99 per month. 

The device was designed to enhance in-car listening experiences for Spotify users.

It was meant to act as a dedicated controller and display for Spotify’s music and podcast library. Users could interact with it through voice commands, a touch screen, a dial, and preset buttons.