Ikea’s forays into connected audio continue new $65 Vappeby bluetooth speaker lampwhich resembles a futuristic lantern and is the first loudspeaker Spotify Tap (which so far only on a variety of headphones) for one-touch access to the streaming music service.
The Vappeby actually appears to be purposeful to replace a camping lantern: it has a rechargeable battery, an integrated LED light and is IP65 resistant (enough to withstand the occasional rain shower, but definitely not for a dip in the pool). It even comes with a USB-C cable for charging, although it doesn’t include a wall brick.
The latest addition is support for Spotify Tap, which is making its debut as a Bluetooth speaker. Once you’ve set up Tap in the Spotify app, tapping (get it?) the power button on the Vappeby will automatically resume Spotify playback from where you left off. Tapping it again brings up a Spotify algorithm recommendation based on your listening habits.
Otherwise, however, the Vappeby doesn’t offer much in the way of smart features. The light is just a regular light, with no smart home integration with either Ikea’s Trådfri platform or the broader Google/Apple/Amazon smart home systems. Spotify integration aside, the speaker is just a regular Bluetooth speaker, with no ability to double as a power bank or fancy pairing Sonos integrations.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/23/22992775/ikea-vappeby-bluetooth-lamp-speaker-spotify-tap-support Ikea’s new Vappeby Bluetooth lamp speaker supports Spotify Tap