Kickstarter project of the week: Mighty Audio brings offline Spotify playback (Update: goal met)

by: John DyeMarch 22, 2016
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Update (3/22): With about 40 hours left to go, Mighty has now exceeded its funding goal. If you’re interested in pledging your support, now’s the perfect time to do it.

Since the fall of the iPod, music streaming has been the go-to method of listening to your favorite tunes. However, problems have arisen for music lovers on the go. Right now, there just aren’t a whole lot of options that allow sleek music streaming for those with active lifestyles. Sure, you can strap your phone to your arm, but it’s bulky and awkward and expensive – one tumble from your bike or bad ski dive and you’re out $500 or more. And yes, LTE smartwatches exist, but damn… those prices. This is where Mighty comes in.

Mighty aims to pick up where the iPod shuffle left off. It’s a tiny, screenless gadget with a minimalist control scheme. Strap it to your wrist, drop it in your pocket, or clip it to your clothing, and you’re good to go with streaming Spotify music without having to lug around heavy and/or expensive hardware.

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Although the Mighty doesn’t require a smartphone for music streaming, it does have a partner app that lets you configure the device to your exact preferences. Bluetooth syncing makes interacting with the Mighty a breeze, and of course it supports wireless Bluetooth earbuds. If you’re still working with wired headphones, no worries, it has a jack for that too.

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The device appears to be fairly rugged, making it a perfect pick for lovers of more rough-and-tumble sporting activities. Clocking in at 1.5 inches square and less than a single ounce, it’s sure not to get in your way. Water resistant? Absolutely. If you’re concerned because your favorite activities often hurtle you out of cell service range, then you should know that the Mighty can store a collection of tracks offline in its internal storage. All this for under $80.

The catch is that Mighty doesn’t technically exist yet, at least not commercially. The Kickstarter project just launched, and so it’s in the crowdfunding stage. For those interested, you can secure yourself a Mighty for as little as $70 with the “super early bird” special, though once that runs out it will jump up to $75 as an “early bird special”, and then finally to $79. All tiers are expected to ship around November of 2016, but delays are pretty much an expected reality for most Kickstarter projects so we wouldn’t hold onto that date too tightly.

So far the project has secured a little over $6000 of its $250k goal, but it still has 29 days to go. You can check out the Mighty’s Kickstarter page over here for more details. In the meantime, what are your thoughts on this rugged little jam peddler? Your kind of party, or a device you’ll be passing on? Let us know your take in the comments below!

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  • Diskus1

    Duh!? How about buying any Android Wear watch and use Google Play Music? I run with my $99 Sony Smartwatch 3 and bluetooth headphones, works great! Plus it has GPS for tracking my run.

  • Arthur Fonseca

    I’ve had the idea for this product in my head for over a year. I have been a Spotify user for about 20 months, and since last January I’ve stated running. First on a highway and then on the gym’s treadmill. The transition from .mp3 to streaming was great and all, but we lost the abillity to play music from a small, light device on the go. Eventually I stopped taking my smartphone to my runs.
    Maybe this is the product that will fix that.

    • Diskus1

      See previous post… buy any Android Wear, some are really cheap, and use Google Play Music instead. (Spotify doesn’t support Wear offline play?)

      • Arthur Fonseca

        Spotify >> GPM. Everybody uses, the playlists are way better, the algorithym to find new music is great. Also, I live in Brasil and there is no such thing as “cheap android smartwatch” here. Even the cheapest ones are going to cost me an arm and a leg.
        I much rather have a solution with Spotify, than switching to GPM

  • abqnm

    So it will be released in April 2017. Scratch that. I mean October 2017. Or January 2018. Or September 2019.

  • Odin Herjan

    Will this device be able to pair with bluetooth headphones for transmitting the audio as well? Or is the BT only used to pair with phone for the music?

  • Owsley_66

    Kickstarter is only for those who don’t care if they lose their $$. I backed the Ubik Uno and that phone is now shipping but unfortunately it has so many problems that it’s not really useable plus Ubik will not warranty the phone or allow refunds. Myself and other have complained to Kickstarter numerous times about outright lies Ubik posted on their campaign page and Kickstarter has just ignored us.

    My bad but just make sure the money you put into Kickstarter is money you can lose.