Even though Spotify is the largest streamed music provider in terms of paid subscribers (it has 50 million of them as of March), it does have a disadvantage when compared to Apple Music; the latter sells its own devices that make it easier for subscribers to sign up and use the service. That could very well be the reason why Spotify has posted a job listing for a "Sr Project Manager – Hardware" on its site. According to the listing, Spotify is looking for someone who would be in charge of delivering hardware from Spotify to "new and existing customers."
Don't expect Spotify to turn out a handset. According to the listing, the music streamer wants to produce a wearable product that defines a brand new category similar to Snap's Spectacles, the Pebble Watch and the Amazon Echo. One interesting possibility would be a pair of headphones that plugs directly into Spotify's service without requiring the use of a smartphone and smartphone app.
"Sr. Product Manager-Hardware
We are looking for a passionate and seasoned Senior Product Manager that will join the Platform & Partner Experience team working to build frictionless and creative Spotify experiences via fully-connected hardware devices. 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. You will define the product requirements for internet-connected hardware, the software that powers it, and work with suppliers/manufacturers to deliver the optimal Spotify experience to millions of users. Above all, your work will affect the way the world experiences music & talk content."-Spotify job listing
The big question is whether any new wearable device can draw paid subscribers to Spotify. The company obviously thinks so. Stay tuned.