Spotify’s first product could be an in-car device

Earlier this year, Spotify posted job adverts for hardware production, engineering and operations staff, alluding to its plans to start making products. We guessed at a smart speaker to rival Apple’s HomePod, based on the news the streaming giant had been testing voice control.

But, according to The Verge, the latest crumb in the trail suggest that first product could be an in-car controller or music player, which would allow subscribers of the streaming service to control playback with their voice.

Currently, Spotify’s car integration includes apps for Apple’s CarPlay and Android Auto.

Several Spotify users have apparently reported a pop-up inside the app offering them the opportunity to pre-order a new device as part of a $12.99-per-month subscription. According to the report, the prompt only appeared once - which suggests its disclosure was accidental.

While Spotify has kept quiet on these reports, it has recently announced it will share 'some news’ on April 24th - so we may know more then. Or perhaps it’s finally launching its long-awaited lossless streaming tier.

[Image credit: The Verge]


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10 years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.