Hardware is a hard business (Spotify doesn't seem to be shying away. As spotted by Variety, the company has now officially registered with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This is the strongest evidence yet that Spotify is secretly for gadget lovers like you and me.) but music subscription service
Mind you, all that's technically happened here is that Spotify has been granted a five-digit code -- 2AP3D -- that it can use to submit products to the FCC if it so chooses. But it's actually a huge hint: Companies don't need to register with the FCC unless they're building wireless devices, and some companies don't register if they're merely white-labeling products from another manufacturer.
The FCC registration suggests that Spotify is designing a wireless device in-house, which lines up with. Is the company building its own smart speaker? Or a wearable device, as suggested by ?
At the Code Conference last week, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said he "wouldn't rule out" the company building its own devices, but said the Spotify service is his company's primary business. "If we do things, it is to enable that service. It isn't to be in the hardware [business] selling these things," he told attendees.
What would you want Spotify to build?