Spotify's in-house music hardware could arrive a lot sooner than expected. However, the job listing was deleted shortly after it had surfaced on the company's website. It should be more than just easy access to the streaming service, since that can already be found in most smart speakers.
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 flawless: smart speakers have a growing number of consumers, thanks in large part to Amazon's Echo line of devices, plus the Google Home lineup. All we know - as per the latest job listings - is that the firm's "on its way to creating its first physical product".
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Spotify's job listings also describe the responsibilities of the successful candidates for the job, including aiding in the development of novel Spotify experiences via connected hardware. The listings call for someone to run the strategy and execution of Spotify's voice efforts as well, implying that whatever hardware the company ends up releasing, we'll be able to control it with voice commands.
Historically, the streaming service has largely relied on third-parties to make it available to users. They're also looking for a Project Manager for hardware production and engineering and a Senior Project Manager for hardware production. According to the blog Zatz Not Funny, the former role stated that "You will be leading 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". The HomePod does, however, allow you play whatever you want from your iPhone/iPad/computer, meaning a user can simply play music from their Spotify app.