Spotify expands with World Trade Center move


In completely unrelated news, Spotify has said it plans to increase its USA headcount by as much as a thousand in the near future, necessitating a move of its New York HQ to a modest little office suite over at the World Trade Center. Spotify's relocation to the new building will make it the first office tower to be fully leased on the 16-acre World Trade Center site.

Spotify's move joins a growing number of media and tech companies that have migrated to the WTC and Lower Manhattan, including Conde Nast in the neighboring One World Trade Center.

In addition to creating more than 1,000 jobs, Spotify will retain 832 existing positions.

Spotify's new office will take over a positively enormous 378,000 square feet within the skyscraper, and is expected to open in 2018.

Cuomo says he's "proud" to welcome the company to the World Trade Center complex.

The company established its USA headquarters in NY and is now planning to expand its operations. As Spotify will move staff from its existing NY base to the new offices, they could in theory be included in that 1000. The streaming service is now headquartered at 620 Sixth Avenue, but rumors of a move downtown have been flying for the past few months.

To celebrate the move, Cuomo released his own Spotify playlist, which features lots of Billy Joel.

Spotify was launched by Swedish-based Spotify AB in 2008. "New York gives us access to the most diverse talent market in the world and we're incredibly excited to build out our new space at 4 WTC". Spotify will soon be neighbors to other big brands in the building, such as the Lower Manhattan outpost of Chef Mario Batali's Italian food emporium Eataly. As of September 2016, the service had 40 million paid subscribers.

Still, the majority of Spotify's users listen for free with commercial breaks.