New Spotify patent proposes analyzing users' speech to determine preferences

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  • The detailed technology would indicate the emotional state, age, gender and accent of the speaker.
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  • A new US patent for Spotify patent "Identification of Taste Attributes From An Audio Signal" was granted on January 12th. The filing details a new method of determining user's tastes, involving an audio signal that can detect the emotional state, age, gender and accent of the speaker. The technology described would also pick up background noise, able to indicate what kind of physical environment the music is being listened to in, as well as how many people are in the environment. The audio signal would then be deployed to make a "determination of preferences for media content," resulting in an output that corresponds to the user's preferences, historical listening practices and even preferences of the user's friends. It is still uncertain if the technology described has been implemented in the app's current streaming practices. "Spotify has filed patent applications for hundreds of inventions, and we regularly file new applications," a Spotify spokesperson told Pitchfork. "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." The news follows recent artist demands that Spotify follow more ethical streaming practices.