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Google Cloud Platform to power Spotify's streaming back end

In a win for Google's cloud business prospects, Spotify has announced that it will be migrating its back end infrastructure to the Google Cloud Platform. Historically, Spotify has powered its music streaming service through buying or leasing its own server hardware and data center space. However, the company says it is turning to Google's Cloud Platform partly as a cost-saving measure, but also because of the platform's reliability. From Spotify:

What really tipped the scales towards Google for us, however, has been our experience with Google's data platform and tools. Good infrastructure isn't just about keeping things up and running, it's about making all of our teams more efficient and more effective, and Google's data stack does that for us in spades.

In a space that includes Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, securing the business of Spotify, and its tens of millions of users, is a big win for Google. Given the complexity of its back end, Spotify says that the full transition will take some time to complete.

Source: Spotify

13 Comments
  • Now can they allow me to store my music in the Cloud and still stream with Spotify like Google Play Music can? Please? PLEASE? hehe
  • Spotify is mostly in AWS apparently... https://aws.amazon.com/solutions/case-studies/spotify/ That's an official and current AWS Case Study. What's going on??? Posted via the Android Central App
  • when you said AWS I thought you meant the cellular frequency band 4. I'm too nerdy. AT&T Galaxy Note 3
  • Amazon has a more robust system than Google. I wonder what made Spotify of their choice. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Maybe cost? And while Amazon's is better, it's not like Google is terrible Posted via the Android Central App
  • Exactly Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why is Amazon better than Google? Posted my Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Why are you asking a question to the previous comment that specifically answers your question to begin with?!
  • Because it didn't. That's why. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Can explain how it is more robust? What are the differences?
  • It's taken me years to learn the nuances and I'm only a fraction of the way there. They're not the be all and end all, but if you are interested, a good start would be to look up the Gartner Magic Quadrant for IaaS. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Google is great! Posted via the Android Central App
  • So...digging a bit deeper, apparently Spotify will continue to use Amazon S3 (the bit where all of the tracks are stored), Cloudfront (the bit that makes the service highly available globally) etc. + most of the critical stuff. Google appear to just be getting some compute/user account stuff. I wonder how far down Google's pants had to come down for that PR stunt... Posted via the Android Central App