Spotify and the gym go hand-in-hand. Full access to nearly every artist (except Yeezy) and curated playlists make for a perfect pair. That said, getting “swole” isn’t exactly conducive to having an iPhone 6s Plus in your pocket. Sure there are some handy armbands designed for workouts but even those can leave your device exposed.
Funny thing is, Apple solved this issue a few years back with the iPod shuffle. Problem is, you’re limited to the songs within your iTunes library. A new Kickstarter campaign seems to have solved this issue. The Mighty Streaming Music Device combines your favorite Spotify playlists with an iPod Shuffle-like design. How does it work? Is it legal? All that and more below.
Let’s start with the logistics. Mighty really does look identical to Apple’s smallest iPod, save for a tiny round command button in the top right hand corner that sure looks a lot like Spotify’s official logo. There are volume, play/pause and track ship buttons in the same familiar layout. A small multi-function LED light helps users keep track of whats happening with playback and battery life. On the bottom is a microUSB port for charging Mighty when needed. Users can expect five hours of continuous playback and 100 hours of standby on a single charge. Wired or Bluetooth headphones are supported, as well.
There is enough storage on the inside, 2GB actually, to store up to 48 hours worth of music. Management is handled by the free iOS and Android app. Files are transferred via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to the tiny music player. All you need to do is load the app, select which playlists you’d like available offline and you’re all set. Once you’ve setup your preferences, Mighty handles all of the work in the background. It will refresh periodically to ensure that your device is in compliance with Spotify’s terms and conditions. This situation is why the iPod Shuffle did not receive Apple Music support last fall.
So is Spotify on board with this plan? Turns out, Mighty has been in cahoots with the streaming giant for over a year. At this time, it’s not an officially recognized player but merely acting as “any other offline device.” It’s unlikely the project would have gotten to its current stage without some form of confirmation from Spotify. Here’s the full explanation from Mighty on how this partnership works:
Mighty launched its Kickstarter campaign on Tuesday with hopes of raising $250,000 over the next month. Through 24 hours, it has solicited $100,000. A pledge of $79 will lock-in early bird pricing with a November delivery date. If you’re interested, you’ll want to hurry as just a few hundred units remain at that price.
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