Here’s a new device that can unshackle your Spotify music from the confines of your smartphone.
It’s called the Mighty, it costs $US86, and it can store up to 1,000 songs from your playlists in Spotify.
There’s a reason why so few devices can do this. (Samsung’s Gear S3 smartwatch is another example.) Spotify won’t allow just anyone to play its music library outside the mobile app. Thankfully for Mighty, Spotify has deemed it a suitable partner, and the device is fully endorsed by the music streaming giant.
It’s one of those things you don’t realise is a problem until you want to leave your smartphone at home and listen to the music you’ve accumulated on Spotify. Anyone who’s ever thought that their smartphone was a burden during a workout or other activity will immediately see the Mighty’s value.
To use Mighty, you’ll need Spotify’s paid Premium service, which costs $US9.99 per month. You’ll also need to realise that it works entirely from your saved playlists. You won’t be able to stream music on demand like you can using Spotify on your smartphone or computer because the Mighty doesn’t have WiFi or a cellular data connection. With that in mind, it might be time to start making some playlists if you haven’t already.
Check out the Mighty:
The Mighty Audio is a tiny device that lets you listen to your Spotify playlists without your smartphone.
It's similar to the extinct iPad Nano, except it's for your Spotify music instead of your iTunes music.
Before you can do that, however, you need to sync it with the Mighty app on your mobile device, which lets the Mighty download your Spotify playlists into its built-in storage.
It was incredibly easy to set up the Mighty and link it with my Spotify Premium account through the mobile app.
Once I set it up, I synced up the Spotify Playlists I wanted to the Mighty, which takes a little while.
The Mighty app lets me easily add or remove my Spotify playlists, and I could hit the 'refresh' button to sync up the playlists if I've made any changes. Hitting the 'refresh' button also syncs your Discover Weekly playlist, which Spotify updates automatically for you every Monday.
Then you can easily pair your Bluetooth headphones to the Mighty. You can also use regular headphones through the headphone jack.
If you're using Bluetooth headphones, I found that it's best to keep the Mighty as close to your Bluetooth headphones as possible so that the music stream doesn't cut out.
The Mighty's Bluetooth connection isn't quite as strong as a smartphone's, so the music stream can occasionally cut out if you carry the Mighty too far away from your Bluetooth headphones.
What's too far away? The music stream would cut out when I have the Mighty in my pocket. With that in mind, it's better to clip the Mighty high up on your shirt, as close as possible to your Bluetooth headphones.
The Mighty has a strong clip that you can attach it to pretty much anything, but it's a little annoying that you can't keep it in your pocket.
There's the simple music controls, like play, pause, next, previous, volume up, and volume down.
To power it on, you press and hold the play button until the green light shines. Once the light starts to slowly blink green -- it takes about 30 seconds -- the Mighty is ready to go. You turn it off the same way by pressing and holding the play button until the light turns orange.
To cycle through your playlists, you press the button on the top right of the Mighty with the three dots. A voice tells you which playlist you're on, but it won't tell you the name of the song that's playing. That's actually a good thing, as you don't want a voice interrupting your groove, whatever you're doing.
The Mighty has about five hours of battery life, and you charge it with the included 3.5mm audio jack-to-USB connector.
You can set the Mighty to download your music in 'normal,' 'high,' or 'extreme' quality, which can affect the Mighty's battery life. The higher the music quality, the shorter the battery life.