Spotify Is Planning Its Own Music Hardware, Voice Control
[UPDATED] Two jobs listings point to a major expansions of Spotify's ambitions to include music hardware with voice control. While details are scarce, they hint at a wearable device "akin to Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo, and Snap Spectacles."
Snapchat is building eyewear, Facebook is building 360 cameras, and now Spotify wants to build and sell music devices.
Spotify is hiring a "Senior Product Manager – Hardware" to lead 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," according to a new job post. The new hire 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."
Spotify has loft ambitions for the project. "Above all, your work will affect the way the world experiences music & talk content," read the job description.
Voice Control For Spotify
Another new job posting that could be related is for a "Product Manager – Voice Control". Any Spotify wearable would likely include voice control, but the music streamer also wants to be available on other voice controlled devices.
"As a Product Owner for voice you will be responsible for the strategy and execution of Spotify’s voice efforts beyond our core apps," reads the jobs post. "You will be working closely with our User Interaction team and Product Managers for applicable platforms to ensure they are voice enabled in a consistent way to the benefit of our end users. You will also be working with the major external platform providers within the voice space to ensure a superior Spotify experience on those platforms."
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