Spotify might be next in line to build its own smart speaker

Delia Watkins
February 22, 2018

Rumors have been circulating for a while about Spotify creating its own music-focused hardware.

For you to figure out what the next move of a company is, sometimes all you have to do is look at its public job openings and read what they're looking for.

The Operations Manager they're looking for will set up the manufacturing, supply chain, and sales and marketing for the company's first physical products, which indicates it won't just be a one-time release of a smart speaker.

Rumour-spinners took that tidbit and turned it into reports claiming that Spotify's working on either a high-end smart speaker to rival the Amazon Echo or a wearable of some description - both of which fall well within the realm of possibility.

Not only does having its own smart speaker make sense, being that it's a music-focused company, but there's also the fact that the timing seems ideal: smart speakers have a growing number of consumers, thanks in large part to Amazon's Echo line of devices, plus the Google Home lineup.

The two other roles, Project Manager Hardware Production & Engineering and Senior Project Manager Hardware Production, are less explicit about the full nature of the roles.

Daniel Ek CEO and Founder of Spotify 
Andrew Burton Getty Images
Daniel Ek CEO and Founder of Spotify Andrew Burton Getty Images

Spotify has actually advertised for hardware recruits before - past year it listed a position for Sr. Spotify is already compatible with many such products in homes, cars, and mobile devices.

It's being speculated that the hardware that the company is referring to is its very own smart speaker.

Meanwhile, Apple's recently launched HomePod doesn't have native Spotify support.

Music streaming platform Spotify is apparently entering the hardware market soon, as a job listings has surfaced seeking someone to create a product "akin to Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo, and Snap Spectacles".

Most of Spotify's 70 million subscribers use third-party products to listen to the service.

Indiana Hometown Hero Nick Goepper Wins Silver
The Lawrenceburg native fared better than his teammate Gus Kenworthy , who failed to land any of his three runs and came in last. The event was ultra-competitive from start to finish - eight of the 12 qualifiers for the final scored more than 90 points.

Other reports by PlayStation Move reviews

Discuss This Article