Spotify has stopped making its Car Thing dashboard accessory

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Spotify has stopped manufacturing Automotive Factor, a dashboard accent designed to make it simpler to manage the streaming service in your telephone from a automobile. The change was quietly introduced as a part of the company’s latest earnings release, which notes the choice price the corporate €31 million (round $32 million). “Reported Gross Margin was negatively impacted by our choice to cease manufacturing Automotive Factor,” the discharge reads.

“Primarily based on a number of components, together with product demand and provide chain points, we’ve determined to cease additional manufacturing of Automotive Factor models,” a spokesperson for the corporate told TechCrunch. “Present units will carry out as supposed. This initiative has unlocked useful learnings, and we stay centered on the automobile as an vital place for audio.”

Automotive Factor had a little bit of a bizarre launch. It was initially made out there on an invite-only basis in April 2021, earlier than Spotify opened up a public waitlist to purchase the accent in October. It solely went on general sale this February, that means it’s been broadly out there for simply 5 months earlier than Spotify publicly introduced it’s stopping manufacturing.

After we tried it out for ourselves, we weren’t entirely sold on promise of the Car Thing. Rising quantities of vehicles at the moment are fitted with infotainment methods that supply simple, built-in entry to Spotify — negating the necessity for a separate gadget — and there are many current workarounds to getting your telephone’s audio to play out of your automobile stereo with out the necessity for a dear accent tied to a single music streaming service.

As of this writing, the accent continues to be out there to buy on Spotify’s website, the place it’s at present being offered at a reduced charge of $49.99 (down from its common sale worth of $89.99). Spotify hasn’t mentioned how lengthy it plans to supply help for the gadget, however given its short-lived launch we wouldn’t wager on it being notably lengthy.

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