Spotify May Be Working on its First Hardware Device

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Spotify appears to be working on its first wearable device, developing a "category defining product akin to Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo, and Snap Spectacles," based on a job listing discovered by Zatz Not Funny. The text from the job description, which has since been removed from Spotify's website, is below:
    There's no word on what Spotify might be planning to build, but the job description implies it may be a wearable device rather than something like a speaker, so it's possible the company is working on a set of headphones that are perhaps similar to modern offerings like the Bragi Dash and Apple's own AirPods. Other hints include internet connectivity and something developed by Spotify itself, rather than an integration with existing hardware, but it's ultimately entirely unclear what's being conceptualized.

    A separate job listing also appears to hint at Spotify's interest in voice-based technologies. "Voice is quickly becoming a key interaction mechanism for control of digital devices and services," reads the description.

    Spotify's job listing suggests any work on a hardware product is in the early stages of development, so it could be some time yet before we get a clearer picture of what the company might be developing, if anything.

    Article Link: Spotify May Be Working on its First Hardware Device
  2. budselectjr macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2009
    Waste of time and money. They already are on basically every hardware device through streaming and versions of the app can used on mobile watches.

    The record company investors obviously are bored and want to blow some cash.
  3. Asarien macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2015
    Oakland, CA
    Good luck to them. People are willing to carry only so many devices.
  4. Paradoxally macrumors 68000

    Feb 4, 2011
  5. ignatius345 macrumors 68020

    Aug 20, 2015
    Seriously. Netflix has the right approach: build the service and support as many devices and platforms as possible.

    Every internet-connected device I own has the ability to stream Spotify and a dedicated device would just be superfluous and I'd probably never buy it.
  6. applesith macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2007
    Because so many people want to wear multiple smart watches, let alone one.

    I'm glad they are finding another way to lose money.
  7. Michael Scrip macrumors 603

    Mar 4, 2011
    We've never made a profit on our service... so let's jump into the financially unstable world of hardware!

    That's what we should do after 9 years in business, right?

  8. CrystalQuest76 Suspended

    Dec 14, 2015
    West Cost A Lot
    If the Spotify has this much money to through at a solution without a problem, then its time to give profits back to the investors.
  9. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Apple went from being a computer company to a consumer electronics company.
    Amazon went from being an online store to running AWS.
    Netflix went from renting out DVDs to streaming original content.

    Expanding into new businesses sometimes works out quite well.

    Maybe Spotify thinks they can cut Apple out of the picture. They can't afford to be dependent on the iPhone, given the iPhone comes with the competing Apple Music service pre-installed.
  10. elvislives macrumors regular


    Mar 28, 2011
    what a waste of time! Why would bother? its already on every platform... there are not Hardware or OS company, it going to be a MASSIVE flop.
  11. macbookpro-file macrumors newbie


    Dec 8, 2016
    Montreal, QC
    There might be value if it has storage and able to download for offline use, but I agree that the direction seems to be against the grain.
  12. Tycho24 Suspended


    Aug 29, 2014
    Akin to Snap Spectacles, you say??

    If that doesn't attract the top talent, I don't know what will!!!

  13. farewelwilliams macrumors 68020

    Jun 18, 2014
    as opposed to doing it offline now on an iphone?
  14. WinstonRumfoord macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2014
    The only way I see this working for them, is if they make a contained boombox style unit that has some sort of unique feature, like being water proof with a killer battery at an affordable cost.
  15. DrumApple macrumors 6502a

    Jan 30, 2009
    So unnecessary. Totally wrong direction for them, they should focus on improving their service forget hardware.
  16. imlovinit macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2012
    Eh it seems a bit pointless but I'm not going to completely dismiss until I see what they come out with. Who knows? Whatever it may be, might be better than expected.
  17. RamsayBolton macrumors member


    Apr 20, 2017
    Hey Spotify! Give us LOSSLESS, not some stupid gadget destined for the landfill!
  18. joueboy macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2008
    Good for them now they can stop whining about Apple's 30% commission when people signed up through the Appstore. They can keep 100% of the profit because now they own the hardware. :rolleyes:
  19. definitive macrumors 68000


    Aug 4, 2008
    It's going to be called a MP3 Player, and it will contain a tiny hard drive, which will hold 5GB of storage. You will also be able to transfer data to and from the device using a FireWire cable!
  20. Solomani macrumors 68040


    Sep 25, 2012
    Alberto, Canado
    Spotify wants to develop their own self-driving car. Just like everyone and their aunt Ethel.
  21. Michael Scrip macrumors 603

    Mar 4, 2011
    I'm surprised they didn't start developing their own virtual assistant... that seems to be all the rage.

  22. macs4nw macrumors 601


    You make a good point. But given what's out there already, that's a hard, risky road ahead.
  23. BvizioN, Apr 25, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2017

    BvizioN macrumors 601


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
    Facebook did try that, Amazon did try that. We all know how that ended.
    Typical example of cat trying to be a dog!
  24. Aston441 macrumors 65816

    Sep 16, 2014
    I would like a Spotify self driving hovercraft that runs on solar power with Netflix and porn on a giant screen and a microwave oven and popcorn storage and also built in Echo to control the mood lighting. Lots of velvet couches too and VR headsets. And hookers.
  25. LinusR macrumors 6502


    Jan 3, 2011
    True, but they would need to come up with something that would revolutionise the market. Given their very narrow software portfolio (music streaming only), the only sensible thing would be to deliver a product tailored to the software, which wouldn't become a success; why have a music player only if you can have an iPod, a phone and an internet communications device all in one?

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