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Spotify are now allowed to monitor users' speech to help their algorithm

Spotify has been granted a patent which would allow them to monitor users’ speech. This access will let the streaming platform collect data to enhance their algorithm and boos their music recommendations.

Music Business Worldwide first reported this news, the patent was filed for in 2018 and was approved earlier this month on January 12th. In the streaming giants application, Spotify said that the technology would work by retrieving audio, including voice signals and background noise, to understand “content metadata” about users’ emotional state, gender, age and accents.

The patent also states that Spotify would rely on information such as “intonation, stress, rhythm and the likes of units of speech”. The platform states that these factors would discover whether a user is feeling, “happy, angry, sad or neutral”.

The streaming platform would also gain access to users’ environments. This technology applies to physical environments, i.e. whether they are inside or outside and social environment and whether they are by themselves or with others.

Spotify will be able to gather this information from “sounds from vehicles on a street, other people talking, birds chirping, printers printing, and so on”. Spotify claims that in “the field of on-demand media streaming services, it is common for a media streaming application to include features that provide personalized media recommendations to a user.”

In a statement given to Pitchfork earlier today, a company representative commented: “Spotify has filed patent applications for hundreds of inventions, and we regularly file new applications. Some of these patents become part of future products, while others don’t.

“Our ambition is to create the best audio experience out there, but we don’t have any news to share at this time.”

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