Spotify is reportedly working on an in-car music player
Spotify-compatible in-car hardware has been done before, whether that be car stereos with Spotify Connect integration or through Apple Car Play and Android Auto. However, an anonymous source has now confirmed to the Financial Times that the Swedish music streaming service is planning to release its own hardware for a slice of the in-car entertainment system market.
The FT reports that the device will sync with a car's Bluetooth and will have buttons that can be preset to playing your favourite playlists. The rumoured device will also have a microphone to receive voice commands. Spotify will reportedly sell the in-car music player for around US$100, which is a cheaper option than Apple Car Play and Android Auto-enabled stereos, but one with far less functionality.
The description of the rumoured device is like that of the product that Spotify teased to some customers early last year. The pop-up advert listed what looks like an in-car music player as being part of a 12-month contract, but the company has yet to recognise the advertised device's existence officially.
Would you pay for a dedicated in-car Spotify music player? If so, would paying for it over 12 monthly instalments be more enticing than paying US$100 upfront?