Spotify Is Generating AI Versions of Its Popular Podcast Hosts

Spotify Is Generating AI Versions of Its Popular Podcast Hosts
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Spotify is growing AI variations of its well-liked podcast hosts to learn advertisements for now—however is that the restrict? Doubtless not.

Invoice Simmons, founding father of the podcast community The Ringer, shared the information on a current episode of ‘The Invoice Simmons Podcast.’ “I don’t suppose Spotify goes to get mad at me for this, however we’re growing that stuff,” Simmons instructed his visitor on the episode. “There may be going to be a approach to make use of my voice for the advertisements. You clearly give the approval for the voice, but it surely opens up, from an promoting standpoint, all these totally different nice prospects.”

Simmons bought his The Ringer podcast community to Spotify in February 2020 for an estimated $250 million. He highlights the usage of his voice to personalize advertisements for a ticketing firm, switching out cities and dates on the fly along with his AI-generated voice. Simmons additionally discusses the flexibility of AI to make podcasts extra accessible by way of translation. That’s nice for Invoice and generative AI definitely has its positives, however I can’t assist however have a look at this from Spotify’s perspective.

As soon as the corporate has an AI generated mannequin of Simmons’ voice, what’s the purpose in maintaining him round? Very like Apple with Susan Bennett, the voice of Siri, you don’t have to maintain paying the creator while you’ve captured all the distinctive sounds a human could make with their natural voice field. Voice AI tech has reached the purpose that when a mannequin has been educated on somebody’s voice, it could possibly generate convincing-sounding speech from any textual content enter.

Providers exist already like this for small-time podcasters to coach AI fashions of their very own voice. “Save numerous hours by permitting Revoice to deal with your repetitive duties. From podcast intros to advert segments, voiceovers, to total episodes, you’ll be able to generate no matter you want in your pure voice simply by writing a script and letting our AI do the remainder,” one pitch reads.

Isn’t the purpose of podcast to make and revel in human connections? How a lot of that’s potential when the content material is AI-generated? Positive, it begins with ‘personalised advertisements,’ however it should by no means cease at promoting.


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