It was clear as long ago as last April that Spotify was at least exploring the idea, but new job ads suggest that the company may soon be gearing up for manufacturing ... While this isn't the first time that rumours of first-party Spotify hardware have leaked, the posts imply the company is making notable progress towards bringing its range to market.
It expands upon a listing a year ago for a Senior Product Manager for Hardware to create a "category-defining product akin to Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo, and Snap Spectacles". If Spotify were to make its own hardware - earbuds or a smart speaker system don't seem like too much of a stretch - it would claim some of the money now made by other companies using the Spotify brand to sell products.
The new listings are for an "operations manager", "senior project manager: hardware production", and a "project manager: hardware production and engineering". They were searching for someone who could build "frictionless and creative Spotify experiences via fully-connected hardware devices ... akin to Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo, and Snap Spectacles".
Do you think that Spotify is really working on a smart speaker?
However, if Spotify plans to incorporate voice control on the notional speaker, how, theoretically, would it do that?
Or perhaps there's enough demand for music-only devices for Spotify to create such a product, especially considering that Apple has phased out its entire iPod lineup save for the iPod touch.
Spotify is the most famous service for music streaming and one of the biggest databases of music ever seen.