Spotify May Be Working on its First Hardware Device

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Spotify appears to be working on its first wearable device, developing a "category defining product akin to Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo, and Snap Spectacles," based on a job listing discovered by Zatz Not Funny. The text from the job description, which has since been removed from Spotify's website, is below:

We are looking for a passionate and seasoned Senior Product Manager that will join the Platform & Partner Experience team working to build frictionless and creative Spotify experiences via fully-connected hardware devices. You will be leading an initiative to deliver hardware directly from Spotify to existing and new customers; a category defining product akin to Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo, and Snap Spectacles.

You will define the product requirements for internet-connected hardware, the software that powers it, and work with suppliers/manufacturers to deliver the optimal Spotify experience to millions of users. Above all, your work will affect the way the world experiences music & talk content.

There's no word on what Spotify might be planning to build, but the job description implies it may be a wearable device rather than something like a speaker, so it's possible the company is working on a set of headphones that are perhaps similar to modern offerings like the Bragi Dash and Apple's own AirPods. Other hints include internet connectivity and something developed by Spotify itself, rather than an integration with existing hardware, but it's ultimately entirely unclear what's being conceptualized.

A separate job listing also appears to hint at Spotify's interest in voice-based technologies. "Voice is quickly becoming a key interaction mechanism for control of digital devices and services," reads the description.

Spotify's job listing suggests any work on a hardware product is in the early stages of development, so it could be some time yet before we get a clearer picture of what the company might be developing, if anything.

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46 months ago
Waste of time and money. They already are on basically every hardware device through streaming and versions of the app can used on mobile watches.

The record company investors obviously are bored and want to blow some cash.
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46 months ago
We've never made a profit on our service... so let's jump into the financially unstable world of hardware!

That's what we should do after 9 years in business, right?

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46 months ago
Apple went from being a computer company to a consumer electronics company.
Amazon went from being an online store to running AWS.
Netflix went from renting out DVDs to streaming original content.

Expanding into new businesses sometimes works out quite well.

Maybe Spotify thinks they can cut Apple out of the picture. They can't afford to be dependent on the iPhone, given the iPhone comes with the competing Apple Music service pre-installed.
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46 months ago
And it's going to flop.
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46 months ago
Good luck to them. People are willing to carry only so many devices.
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46 months ago
Seriously. Netflix has the right approach: build the service and support as many devices and platforms as possible.

Every internet-connected device I own has the ability to stream Spotify and a dedicated device would just be superfluous and I'd probably never buy it.
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