How To Get Spotify Car Thing For Free | Screen Rant

Anyone with a Spotify Premium subscription can sign up to get Car Thing for free. The only catch is that there's still a $6.99 charge for shipping.

Spotify Car Thing is the first-ever hardware release from the music streaming giant, and as part of Car Thing's initial rollout, certain Spotify users can get it for free. There's been talk of Spotify developing some kind of in-car accessory since as far back as 2018, and as of April 13, 2021, Car Thing has been officially unveiled.

Silly name aside, Spotify Car Thing actually looks like a pretty useful device for avid Spotify users. It connects to someone's phone via Bluetooth to act as a remote for controlling the Spotify app and then syncs up with the car's speakers using Bluetooth, an AUX cable, or USB. Once everything is configured, Car Thing makes it easier (and safer) for people to control their Spotify playback while on the road. They can browse through playlists, play/pause a song, find podcasts to listen to, etc. All of this can be done using Car Thing's touchscreen or physical buttons/dial, in addition to the microphones that allow for 'Hey Spotify' voice commands.

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If Spotify Car Thing sounds like the perfect gadget, the good news is that it's now available for free (mostly). Just head to the Spotify Car Thing website, click/tap the button at the top of the page that says 'Put me on the list,' and then enter the Spotify account information that'll be used with Car Thing. This puts that Spotify account on a list to potentially get Car Thing for free. If the account is chosen, Spotify will send a follow-up email for more details on how to claim the free Car Thing.

While there's no denying this is a great promotion from Spotify to help promote Car Thing, it's also worth noting that there are a couple of catches to keep in mind. For starters, Spotify is only giving away Car Thing "for a limited time." It's unclear how long the promotion will last or how many accounts will be chosen for a free Car Thing, so it's best to sign up ASAP to make sure there's a good chance of being selected.

If an account is selected, Car Thing isn't actually 100-percent free. People still need to pay shipping & handling for the product, which is $6.99 for the continental U.S. or $14.99 for Alaska and Hawaii. Even though some money is still exchanging hands, it's substantially cheaper than Car Thing's "anticipated retail price" of $79.99 for when it is properly launched.

Last but not least, Spotify Car Thing can only be used with Spotify Premium accounts. This applies regardless if someone gets Car Thing for free or purchases one later on down the road, so keep that in mind before signing up. With all of that out of the way, this Car Thing promo is still worth getting excited about. For anyone that has Spotify Premium and thinks they'd benefit from Car Thing, there's no harm in signing up for a chance to get the gadget (basically) for free.

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