The Spotify versus Apple Music streaming audio battle has been heating up for a while now. And while Spotify has a significantly larger user base, Apple—as it always tends to do—is slowly creeping up behind with Apple Music thanks to an ecosystem that puts its hardware and software systems front and center with the Apple Music interface.

Well, if some recent job postings from Spotify can send any surefire signs, two can play that hardware game.

As spotted by music tech blog Musically, the Stockholm-based Spotify has three new jobs up for grabs that indicate they’re getting serious about getting into their own interpretation of a hardware-based streaming music interface.

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An early Spotify promotional video.

“Spotify is on its way to creating its first physical products and setting up an operational organization for manufacturing, supply chain, sales & marketing,” explains the job posting for Operations Manager – Hardware Product. “We are looking for a passionate and seasoned Operations Manager that will contribute in the creation of innovative Spotify experiences via connected hardware.”

Introduced in 2015, Spotify Running pairs a smartphone’s sensor data to serve up playlists that are in sync with the tempo of a run.

In total, the company is currently looking to hire the aforementioned Operations Manager-Hardware Product, a Senior Project Manager: Hardware Production, and a Project Manager: Hardware Production & Engineering.

So…any guesses what that first hardware product might be?

Feature Image via Clément Goebels


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