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  • Writer's pictureSarah Ruivivar

Spotify's AI Voice Translation: Podcasts in Your Language!

Updated: Oct 29, 2023

Have you ever wished you could listen to your favourite podcasts in your native language? Well, your wish is Spotify's command!

Spotify, the global music streaming giant, is piloting a groundbreaking feature, Voice Translation for podcasts. This innovative feature, powered by artificial intelligence (AI), translates podcasts into additional languages, all in the podcaster's voice.

This Spotify-developed tool utilises the latest innovations, including OpenAI's newly released voice generation technology. The result? A more authentic listening experience that sounds more personal and natural than traditional dubbing. Imagine listening to an English podcast episode in Spanish, French, or German, while still enjoying the speaker's distinctive speech characteristics.

For this pilot, Spotify has partnered with popular podcasters like Dax Shepard, Monica Padman, Lex Fridman, Bill Simmons, and Steven Bartlett. They will generate AI-powered voice translations in other languages for select episodes. And guess what? Even Trevor Noah's new original podcast, launching later this year, will be part of this exciting venture!

Ziad Sultan, VP of Personalisation at Spotify, believes that this thoughtful approach to AI can help build deeper connections between listeners and creators. Voice-translated episodes from pilot creators will be available worldwide to both Premium and Free users.

The initial bundle of translated episodes in Spanish is already out, with French and German versions rolling out in the coming days and weeks. These include episodes from the Lex Fridman Podcast, Armchair Expert, and The Diary of a CEO with Steven Bartlett.

This pilot is just the beginning of Spotify's mission to bring storytelling to more listeners across the world. As the number of people regularly listening to podcasts on Spotify continues to grow, the company is committed to exploring new ways to overcome barriers to storytelling.

So, property professionals and business owners, get ready to enjoy your favourite podcasts in your native language, thanks to Spotify's AI voice translation!

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