YouTube has lost an important team member, even as the company struggles to bring its subscription service to the world later this year.
Shiva Rajaraman, the exec who is in charge of YouTube’s consumer products, has decided to leave the Google-owned company for Spotify.
The departure is notable for several reasons. The first and most obvious one is the fact that YouTube has been delaying the launch of the music subscription service for what feels like forever, and his decision to quit may not help things move along any faster.
The second one is that he has chosen to leave YouTube for Spotify, the biggest rival of the service YouTube wants to launch this year.
“Shiva has done so much to help grow YouTube into what it is today. 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,” one YouTube spokesperson told Re/Code.
Rajaraman has been with YouTube since 2006, when Google bought the site, and has been there for most of these years, with the exception of a short visit to Twitter in 2010.
Let’s hope that his departure won’t actually delay the new YouTube music service too much, because the entire world is curious to see what it will look like. Considering the userbase of YouTube, it is quite likely that it will be a success, even against competitors such as Spotify.