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YouTube Exec Jumps Ship For a Major Competitor

by Jacob Kleinman | August 1, 2014August 1, 2014 12:30 pm PST

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YouTube is reportedly gearing up to launch its own music streaming service, but the company just hit yet another snag on its way to launch. Last month the product manager in charge of the upcoming service jumped ship for an unnamed startup, and now YouTube exec Shiva Rajaraman has left for a job at music streaming giant Spotify.

YouTube confirmed the news to Re/code but wouldn’t comment specifically on Spotify or the company’s own rumored streaming service. “We wish him all the best, and know that the team he has put in place will continue to serve all our creators and viewers exceptionally well,” a spokesperson said. Meanwhile, Spotify wouldn’t say anything about the matter either way.

It sounds like YouTube is still moving forward with its own rumored music service, though the company will definitely face some tough competition from Spotify along with Apple’s Beats Music, Pandora and others. We’re still not sure exactly what form the service might take, but with YouTube’s massive backlog of music we can’t wait to see what the company has in store.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...