Spotify today filed to go public and plans to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the name SPOT, reports CNBC. Shares of the company have privately traded as high as $132.50, giving the company a valuation of ~$23 billion based on ordinary shares traded in private transactions.
According to Spotify’s filing with the SEC, the streaming music service boasts 159 million monthly active users and 71 million premium subscribers as of December 31, 2017, which Spotify claims is „nearly double the scale“ of its closest competitor, Apple Music.
As of the last update at the beginning of February, Apple Music boasted 36 million paying [...]
Following an ad for a senior product manager last spring that hinted at Spotify’s interest in creating a hardware product, this week a collection of new job listings further suggest the launch of a physical Spotify product will be coming in the future (via Music Ally). The listings call for an Operations Manager: Hardware Product, Senior Product Manager: Hardware Production, and Project Manager: Hardware Production and Engineering.
According to the page for the Operations Manager, Spotify is „on its way“ to developing and launching its „first physical products,“ potentially hinting at an upcoming rival device to Apple’s HomePod. Although [...]
Apple’s new HomePod smart speaker is designed primarily for Apple devices, and it’s heavily tied to the Apple ecosystem. Natively, you can only stream music on the HomePod through an Apple Music subscription, iTunes purchases, or iTunes Match content uploaded to iCloud Music Library.
It might sound like you’re out of luck if you subscribe to a third-party music service like Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Prime Music, Google Play Music, Tidal, or another option, but it’s not impossible — you can still play content from these services to HomePod, you’ll just need to use AirPlay to do it.
With most music apps, you can start up a song and [...]
To celebrate the official launch of the HomePod, Sonos, one of Apple’s major competitors in the speaker market, made a „Welcome to the Party“ playlist for the new device with a hidden message.
Shared on Twitter, the playlist features 21 songs, with each song selected for its title to send a secret note to Apple. Here’s the song list:
Hello / Apple / Something About Us / Together / Feels Right / Even Though / You’re Crazy / For This / Home / POD / Remember / Two Is Better Than One / Just Playing / It’s a Party / Everybody’s Coming To My House / Even You / Come As You Are / Fruit Machine / No Matter What You’re Told / [...]