Spotify pilots AI voice translation for podcasts

First Spotify launched its artificial intelligence DJ. Now it’s moving into AI voice translation.

The streaming giant is piloting a feature that translates podcasts recorded in English into other languages in the original speaker’s voice, and the results are uncanny. The tool is one of the first to run on Open AI’s new voice-generating technology.


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“By matching the creator’s own voice, Voice Translation gives listeners around the world the power to discover and be inspired by new podcasters in a more authentic way than ever before,” said Ziad Sultan, VP of Personalization, in a press release.

So far the company has worked with hosts Dax Shepard, Monica Padman, Lex Fridman, Bill Simmons, and Steven Bartlett to translate their voices into other languages. Today (Sept. 25), a group of episodes of their respective podcasts are available in Spanish. You don’t need a Premium membership to use the new feature. To access all the available AI voice translations, head to Spotify’s Voice Translations’ page.

Select episodes will be released in French and German in the coming weeks. Spotify plans to add The Ringer’s “The Rewatchables” and Trevor Noah’s forthcoming podcast to their roster.

Spotify released its AI DJ back in February. Voice translations suggest that the platform isn’t slowing down in its quest to innovate the listening experience with new technology.

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