We started Cord Project in 2014 to get people talking again. And you have! Voice has made a huge comeback and audio is quickly becoming the way we interact with computers and communicate with each other. At Cord we’ve been at the center of this shift, creating products that explore audio and how we interact with it.
Cord was designed and built as a simple audio messaging platform for any device (even things we couldn’t have imagined when we started, like the Amazon Echo). Over a million of you, from around the world, have used Cord on phones, tablets, watches, and the web. It’s been amazing to watch such a simple product find so many uses. Everything from a simple hello or singing happy birthday to staying in touch with grandparents or starting a group dedicated to the fine art of beatboxing.
Shortly after launching Cord we began a series of Cord ‘projects’, little experiments meant to explore audio and how it intersects with the latest technology and trends. These projects helped inform Cord and some even took on a life of their own. Chhirp became the fastest way to share audio to Twitter from your phone or watch. Shhout explored the edges of anonymity, audio, and extremely minimal interfaces. While PaperCraft and Snakemoji, simple games on the surface, were pushing the boundaries of what a smartwatch can do.
Today we’re excited to announce that we’ll be joining Spotify to form the foundation of a team dedicated to exploring new ways to discover and listen to music. We’ll be leveraging what we’ve learned at Cord Project and Spotify’s amazing analytics, data, and music catalog to reinvent how we engage with audio across a number of platforms. Certainly our biggest Cord project yet.
Unfortunately, over the next few weeks we will be sunsetting Cord, Chhirp, and our other projects as we prepare to join Spotify and begin the next phase of our audio adventure. You are now able to request a download of your Cord favorites and please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any other questions about the future of Cord.
It’s impossible to express how thankful we are to so many people. To our investors, families, friends, and most importantly our users — Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
We’re more excited than ever about the future of audio. We hope you’ll keep an eye out for the big things coming from us at Spotify.
Thanks again and talk soon,
Thomas, Jeff, & the Cord Team