Spotify launches personalised AI playlists that you may construct utilizing prompts


Spotify already discovered success with its fashionable AI DJ characteristic, and now the streaming music service is bringing AI to playlist creation. The corporate on Monday launched AI playlists into beta, a brand new possibility that permits customers to generate a playlist based mostly on written prompts.

The characteristic will initially turn into accessible to customers on Android and iOS gadgets within the U.Ok. and Australia and shall be iterated on within the months forward.

Along with extra normal playlist creation requests, like these based mostly on style or timeframe, Spotify’s use of AI means folks might ask for a greater variety of customized playlists, like “songs to serenade my cat” or “beats to battle a zombie apocalypse,” Spotify suggests. Prompts can reference all types of issues, like locations, animals, actions, film characters, colours or emojis. The corporate notes that the perfect playlists are generated utilizing prompts that comprise a mixture of genres, moods, artists and a long time, nevertheless.

Spotify additionally leverages its understanding of customers’ tastes to customise the playlists it makes with the characteristic.

After the playlist is generated, customers can then use the AI to revise and refine the top outcome by issuing instructions like “much less upbeat” or “extra pop,” for instance. Customers also can swipe left on any songs to take away them from the playlist.

When it comes to the expertise, Spotify says it’s utilizing giant language fashions (LLMs) to know the consumer’s intent. Then, Spotify makes use of its personalization expertise — the data it has in regards to the listener’s historical past and preferences — to satisfy the immediate and create a customized AI-generated playlist for the consumer.

The corporate makes use of a spread of third-party instruments for its AI and machine studying experiences.

TechCrunch first reported in October 2023 that Spotify was growing AI playlists, when reverse engineers Chris Messina and Alessandro Paluzzi shared screenshots of code from Spotify’s app that referred to AI playlists that had been “based mostly in your prompts.”

Spotify on the time declined to touch upon the discovering, saying it could not supply a press release on doable new options. Nevertheless, in December 2023, the corporate confirmed that it was testing AI-driven playlist creation after a TikTok video of the characteristic surfaced displaying what the Spotify consumer described as “Spotify’s ChatGPT.”

The characteristic is discovered within the “Your Library” tab in Spotify’s app by tapping on the plus button (+) on the prime proper of the display. A pop-up menu seems displaying the AI Playlist as a brand new possibility alongside the present “Playlist” and “Mix” choices.

If a listener can’t consider any prompts to attempt, Spotify gives immediate recommendations to assist folks get began, like “get centered at work with instrumental electronica,” “fill within the silence with background café music,” “get pumped up with enjoyable, upbeat, and optimistic songs” or “discover a distinct segment style like Witch Home” and plenty of others.

To avoid wasting an AI playlist, faucet the “Create” button so as to add it to the library.

The corporate notes the AI has guardrails round it so it won’t reply to offensive prompts or these centered on present occasions or particular manufacturers.

Spotify has been investing in AI expertise to enhance its streaming service for a lot of months. With the launch of AI DJ, which expanded globally final 12 months, the corporate used a mixture of Sonantic and OpenAI expertise to create a man-made model of the voice of Spotify’s head of cultural partnerships, Xavier “X” Jernigan, who introduces personalised music picks to the consumer. Final 12 months, Spotify stated it was investing in in-house analysis to higher perceive the newest in AI and huge language fashions.

CEO Daniel Ek has additionally teased to traders different methods Spotify might leverage AI, together with by summarizing podcasts, creating AI-generated audio advertisements, and extra. The corporate has additionally regarded into utilizing AI tech that may clone a podcast host’s voice for host-read advertisements.

Forward of AI playlists, Spotify launched the same characteristic, Area of interest Mixes, that allowed customers to create personalised playlists utilizing prompts, however the product didn’t leverage AI expertise and was extra restricted when it comes to its language understanding.