Spotify Could One Day Recommend Songs Based on How Your Voice Sounds

Ruben Fields
January 30, 2021

The music streaming service was finally granted a patent - almost three years after submitting plans - for an algorithm that can better predict what users want to hear - by listening-in on their conversations.

According to Music Business Worldwide, Spotify filed for the patent back in 2018 and just recently on Tuesday, 12th January it was approved. Let's take a look at the new Spotify patent that will suggest song based on the user's mood.

Results of those observations would be combined with existing recommendation techniques based on previously-played songs, favorites, and friends' taste in music.

The patent explains that the technology would potentially work out the "intonation, stress, rhythm, and the likes of units of speech" from its users' voices.

In both the case of speech recognition and also personality traits, Spotify's aim is to target users with the most relevant and appropriate content which includes music, podcast recommendations and also advertising.

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The audio and music streaming giant is known for its algorithm that suggests new audio content for its users.

One factor that could actually inform the streaming service what they should play next might be something that was noted as the "emotional state of a speaker", while others might even try to determine the users' gender or even how old they are when listening to their voice. "In another example, the environmental metadata might indicate a location or noise level".

Spotify feels that the current method it uses to provide users with personal recommendations is unsatisfactory.

Warning about the patent, the Spotify R&D team states that the technology should not be put into practice without considering ethical discussions.

Readers should note that companies patent technologies they have conceptualised, but may not necessarily use the concept in a marketed product.

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