This next-gen off­line Spo­tify player of­fers phone-free mu­sic on the go, but it has some old-school is­sues

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In case you’re miss­ing your old iPod Shuf­fle

The iPod Shuf­fle was the per­fect run­ner’s mu­sic player. The trou­ble is, it’s no longer 2006 and most of us don’t down­load mu­sic – we use stream­ing ser­vices like Spo­tify. So here’s the Mighty: an mp3 player that plays Spo­tify Pre­mium tracks with­out a phone.

In­stall the Mighty app on your mo­bile and it teaches the player your home Wi-Fi net­work lo­gin and gives it ac­cess to your Spo­tify ac­count. Then choose the playlists you want to have beamed over via the lit­tle guy’s own Wi-Fi link.

Plug in your head­phones (or pair up your Blue­tooth cans), press the lit­tle three-pip but­ton, and a ro­bot lady reads out the name of your playlist be­fore start­ing to play. Press this but­ton again and it cy­cles to the next playlist. It’s just like an old mp3 player… ex­cept it can’t shuf­fle. We’re told this fea­ture is com­ing.

You can’t even fast-for­ward or rewind, only skip to the next or pre­vi­ous tune, and there’s no way to get that ro­bot to tell you what you’re lis­ten­ing to mid-song. More im­por­tantly, you’re stuck with Spo­tify – no other stream­ing ser­vices, no pod­casts.

Com­pared di­rectly to a few re­cent An­droid phones, the Mighty’s au­dio doesn’t come off well. There’s a drop in dy­namic range, the bass loses power and the mids are less smooth – all the signs of a cheap DAC. At least you can choose be­tween Spo­tify’s usual Nor­mal, High and Ex­treme stan­dards.

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