Speculations rise as Spotify posts ‘hardware product’ job openings
Spotify has quietly posted some job openings for jobs like a hardware product operations manager, leaving consumers question whether it’s creating hardware products. These job postings were first discovered by Music Ally.
Spotify is currently fueled by making its service available products by media giants like Amazon, Apple, and Google. If Spotify could release its own product and hardware, it could turn really turn consumers’ heads. It could also give its competitors a run for their money.
What does the ‘Operations Manager – Hardware Product’ job entail?
“Spotify is on its way to creating its first physical products and setting up an operational organization for manufacturing, supply chain, sales and marketing,” states an advertisement on its recruitment site.
In the role you’ll need to lead and define operational processes, work with Customer Services to define the experience for hardware products, and work in Stockholm, Sweden (but be willing to travel 25-percent of the time) among other duties.
Headphones, earbuds, or a smart speaker?
The latter may be expensive and extraordinarily time consuming to build from the ground up; however, there are options. The company could utilize Google’s Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, or even Apple’s Siri. That could be very costly, but it’s an option.
Music Ally, also suggests that “licensing (or even buying?) technology like SoundHound’s Houndify might be another.”
When can we expect this new hardware from Spotify?
It’s tough to even guess at this moment in time. It depends on a multitude of factors: Has the streaming giant been working on a hardware product prior to its job postings, or have they just started preparing? It also varies greatly on what product it’s creating: headphones, earbuds, or smart speaker?
Only time will tell when its hardware will be available.