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More Signs Of Spotify’s Hardware Ambitions Crop Up

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While Spotify did build its business as a software entity, signs that it plans on selling hardware have become more and more apparent. Now, several job descriptions posted by the company are adding a tank of fuel on this fire since they all involve industries like manufacturing and supplies. Although nothing has been confirmed, this does make the prospect of Spotify selling physical goods more likely.

First spotted by MusicAlly, the job postings were apparently looking to fill the positions of Project Manager, Senior Project Manager, and an Operations Manager, all of which will be geared towards hardware production. As far as indications of ambitions go, this really couldn’t be more obvious, especially when looking at the description of the role of the Operations Manager.

“You will define and manage Distribution, Supply, Logistics, fulfillment and Customer Service for Hardware Products and work with partners to deliver the optimal Spotify experience to millions of users,” the jobs posting reads.

As The Verge notes, some of the job descriptions also mentioned other products like the Pebble Watch and Spectacles in terms of how they define categories. By taking this into account, it seems that Spotify wants to create a product or a series of products that adhere to its music brand that will also either revolutionize or at least make it synonymous with that particular category.

This led many to conclude that the company could be considering something like a smart speaker, which would actually make sense. Spotify is already compatible with many such products in homes, cars, and mobile devices. A smart speaker or even just a speaker that produces incredible sound quality and already has the music streaming service built-in could work.

It’s also worth pointing out that Spotify currently has over 70 million worldwide subscribers. This puts it in a very good spot to start selling hardware.

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