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Spotify is launching a new pilot feature called Voice Translation, which uses AI to translate podcasts into different languages while keeping the podcaster’s original voice.
Speaking in an updated blog post, the company has partnered with OpenAI to use its voice generation technology to create a more authentic listening experience.
“This Spotify-developed tool leverages the latest innovations—one of which is OpenAI’s newly released voice generation technology—to match the original speaker’s style, making for a more authentic listening experience that sounds more personal and natural than traditional dubbing,” the music streaming giant says.
Spotify is working with a select number of podcasters, including Dax Shepard, Monica Padman, Lex Fridman, Bill Simmons, and Steven Bartlett, to generate AI-powered voice translations in Spanish, French, and German. The company plans to expand access to more creators and languages in the future.
Voice-translated episodes from the pilot creators will be available worldwide to Premium and Free users. The first batch of translated episodes will be in Spanish, with French and German rolling out in the coming days and weeks.
Elsewhere in the Spotify universe, the company has released a new feature called Jam, which allows you to listen to music with a group of people in real-time. The feature is personalized, so each person hears a different mix of songs based on their own listening habits.