However, given the number of players already in the smart speaker market, then Spotify needs to come up with something special to be able to convince people to buy their hardware.
Spotify is getting serious about entering the hardware realm. As spotted by Music Ally, a new job opportunity for an "Operations Manager - Hardware Product" lets it be known that the Swedish company is "on its way to creating its first physical products and setting up an operational organization for manufacturing, supply chain, sales & marketing". Not much else is known about Spotify's smart speaker. Spotify has always been rumored to be coming up with its own hardware, and we have further confirmation of this as there are hardware-related positions now open, and in particular, they're looking for an Operations Manager who "will contribute in the creation of innovative Spotify experiences via connected hardware". Then this week happened and now it looks like Facebook could launch 2 Wi-Fi speakers later this year, and now Spotify are getting in on it. Spotify is already compatible with many such products in homes, cars, and mobile devices. If yes, is it working on its own digital assistant?
While it's entirely unsurprising that the HomePod supports only Apple Music natively, the lack of Spotify support other than via AirPlay was a contentious point for some. Maybe there's a market out there who want to use a separate device for listening to music, maybe even one that has powerful audio hardware, like a Quad DAC.More news: Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT) Q4 Profit, 2018 Outlook Miss The Mark
What about wireless headphones? But will the same set of people warm up to Spotify-branded ones?
Spotify is the most famous service for music streaming and one of the biggest databases of music ever seen. As always, if you have any thoughts, feel free to sound them off in the comments section below!