Earlier, Spotify announced that it would share news at an event on April 24. It is unclear if the company plans to reveal hardware later this month in New York City, but evidence suggests that Spotify has been working on a driver for cars – or even an independent player – for the transmission service that would allow the drivers control the music. reproduction with your voice.
In February, several Spotify customers reported receiving an offer within the application for a new device that would be included as part of a subscription of $ 12.99 per month. That price would cover both the Spotify music service and the device itself if users agreed to a 12-month commitment for a total of $ 155.
When The Verge arrived, Spotify declined to comment.
Another user claimed that Spotify showed them a different price of $ 14.99 and announced support for Amazon's Alexa assistant. For some, Spotify detailed built-in 4G mobile data so that the device could operate independently of a smartphone. In all cases where it appeared, the message only appeared once and never returned. The sightings basically disappeared after February. Even so, the number of people who received this message tells me that the image is legitimate and Spotify sent it accidentally much earlier than expected. However, there is nothing to suggest that it will be launched at this month's event.
Outside of Reddit, the device has been mentioned in the Spotify support forums but it attracted little attention, and forum administrators dismissed it as a test. "We're always trying things to improve Spotify," is the usual response line. "At the moment we do not have any news about this, but we have let the right team know that it is something they would like to see," one moderator wrote in response to another thread on the subject.
Spotify has published job listings for hardware projects, and the company is actively testing voice commands in its smartphone application. Spotify also recently launched an application for native players for Cadillac vehicles and confirmed to The Verge that it sees voice control (currently absent from that software) as an important component of the car experience. The current integration of the Spotify car includes applications for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.