Spotify is testing playlists generated by AI from text prompts

Spotify is joining the ranks of companies venturing into the realm of AI prompts, following a trend set by many others in the past year. The platform has introduced AI Playlist, a new beta feature allowing users to create playlists with just a few words that capture the desired music vibe. For instance, one might request “an indie folk playlist to give my brain a big warm hug.”

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According to Spotify, the AI playlist feature accommodates prompts related to animals, movie characters, colours, places, activities, and emojis. Examples provided by Spotify range from “sad music for painting dying flowers” to “relaxing music to tide me over during allergy season.” The platform suggests combining different characteristics in prompts to tailor the playlist to your specific mood.

The AI Playlist beta is currently accessible to Premium subscribers using Android and iOS devices in the United Kingdom and Australia. Users in these regions can access the feature by tapping the “+” button located in the top right corner of their library, selecting AI Playlist, and then choosing an existing prompt or creating a new one. Spotify will generate the playlist, allowing users to preview it, remove tracks, and add notes before saving it to their library by clicking “Create.”

Spotify’s introduction of AI Playlist comes more than a year after the launch of its AI DJ feature. AI DJ compiles music based on the user’s current listening preferences, previously played songs, and predictions about their taste. If the playlist doesn’t align perfectly with the user’s mood, they have the option to ask the AI DJ to make adjustments.