Spotify is discontinuing Car Thing, intentionally bricking devices and telling users to throw them away

Spotify is discontinuing Car Thing, intentionally bricking devices and telling users to throw them away

The Spotify car thing

Spotify’s foray into the hardware world with Car Thing has proven to be an abject failure. Having ended production of the device just a few months after its launch, the product will be discontinued completely before the end of the year.

But the discontinuation of Car Thing means more than just the end of support and updates: much more. Spotify says the devices will stop working and the advice to users is to reset and recycle them.

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The music streaming giant has begun sending emails to Car Thing owners warning them that the device will not only be discontinued, but will no longer work. The date to add to your calendar is December 9 and there are currently no plans for an alternative or follow-up device.

In a support document about the discontinuation, Spotify says:

We have made the decision to discontinue Car Thing. This means Car Thing will no longer be operational. This decision was not made lightly and we want to assure you that our commitment to providing a superior listening experience remains unchanged.

The decision is said to have been made “as part of our ongoing efforts to optimize our product offering.”

The announcement is likely to anger Car Thing fans, who will be left with a useless piece of hardware without Spotify offering any compensation. The company, apparently wiping its hands of the doomed device, gives the following advice:

We recommend resetting your Car Thing to factory settings and safely disposing of your device following local e-waste guidelines. Contact your state or local waste disposal department to determine how to dispose or recycle Car Thing in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

More information is available here.