Spotify seeks hardware pro, fuelling smart speaker speculation

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The next big hit for Spotify? Hardware, maybe.The Swedish streaming service is advertising a vacancy listed as, “Operations Manager – Hardware Product”. The successful applicant will “contribute in the creation of innovative Spotify experiences via connected hardware”, managing distribution, logistics and customer service for unnamed physical products.Last year, a different job posting hinted at a Spotify wearable of some kind.Any music service needs speakers or headphones to deliver their service into your ears, so Spotify currently uses a system called Spotify Connect to link up with audio hardware of all kinds. If Spotify were to make its own hardware — earbuds or a smart speaker system don’t seem like too much of a stretch — it could claim some of the money currently made by other companies using the Spotify brand to sell products.

Spotify declined to comment on this news.Could we see Spotify build a rival to the Amazon Echo or Apple HomePod, or even the Apple EarPods? Somewhere there’s a hardware expert polishing their resume who may have the answer.

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