Certainly, a piece of hardware built by Spotify sounds uncanny, but the company was aiming to provide customers with more control over the content they listen to in the app. An initial prototype presented by Spotify two years ago looked pretty cool, sporting a small display for music playback information along with a series of touch controls likely for easy interaction with the app.
And yet, the Bluetooth-operated device has evolved a lot in the meantime, and an FCC filing spotted recently provides us with a closer look at the current version.
It’s hard on the eyes, that’s for sure, and it now features a bigger screen with a large knob and what appears to be a button. At first glance, Spotify has pretty much converted it into a mini-tablet that looks quite awful and it’s hard to believe such a big device would make sense in a car. Especially because new models already come with a large screen of their own, so having a second one just for Spotify is unlikely to be too many people’s cup of tea.
On the other hand, there’s no confirmation Spotify’s Car Thing can become a thing. According to the company itself, Spotify is still working on the project, so everything is currently in the testing phase, with no final decision made right now. For the time being, Spotify’s main goal appears to be “learning more about how people listen to audio in the car,” as a company spokesperson said.