Spotify wants to create a “category-defining” product along the lines of Amazon Echo.
Spotify is planning a new hardware device, according to a job listing posted by the company.
Spotted by Zatz Not Funny, the listing (which has since been removed) advertised for a senior product manager in hardware to work on “a category-defining product akin to Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo and Snap Spectacles”.
According to the listing, the successful candidate will work to build “frictionless and creative Spotify experiences via fully-connected hardware devices”.
Spotify is also advertising for a “voice” product manager, which The Verge speculates could also be helpful for any hardware device the company is planning.
Beyond these job listings, there’s no indication as to what Spotify’s hardware may be. The Verge suggests it could be a music player like the Mighty, which is akin to an iPod Shuffle that runs Spotify.
Another suggestion comes from Techcrunch, which suggests that it could be a wearable device like the Pebble Core, a tiny computer on a keychain that failed to reach the market.
However, the mention of Amazon’s Echo speaker in the job description also suggests that Spotify could be planning some kind of voice-activated speaker – a product category that’s also been the domain of Google in recent years.