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Spotify is Reportedly Planning its Own Hardware Device

Apple's Competitors
April 24, 2017

First spotted by Zatz Not Funny, a now-removed job description on the Spotify site hints that the streaming music giant, and Apple Music competitor, is planning to jump into the hardware arena.

'A category-defining product'

'A category-defining product'

Here’s the entire job description for a senior product manager:

Sr Product Manager-Hardware
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.

Another job description still available on Spotify’s site hints at some type of work regarding voice control.

From the descriptions, it looks like Spotify is still early in product development, so it could be a substantial amount of time before consumers will see any actual product. Some possibilities include an Amazon Echo-like connected speaker or wireless earbuds like Apple’s popular AirPods.

Spotify currently has more than 50 million paying subscribers to its streaming music service. That’s compared to more than 20 million for Apple Music.