Spotify Are Looking to Patent Technology That Taps Into Your Emotions


Some days, all you want to do is sit back, relax and have a good cry to your favourite playlist. Yup, we said cry.

But sometimes, you might just want to dance around your living room or have a chillaxed beer with your mates. Whatever your mood, Spotify is about to make your listening preferences a whole lot easier.

New technology is being developed that figures out your “emotional state, gender, age or accent” based on your speech and will detect “intonation, stress, rhythm and the likes of speech units.”

It will also take into account background noise to determine if you’re having a solo session or if you’re at a BBQ with ten of your mates.

According to GRM Daily, the streaming service came up with the idea three years ago because they believed that the current existing method was “not sophisticated” enough.

There’s no set date as to when this will be rolled out, but since it’s been in progress for a while, we could be looking at the next few years.

What Else Can You Do With Spotify?

At the end of last year, a hilarious AI website, Pudding.cool emerged, judging your taste in music. While Spotify Wrapped rounded up your listening habits for the year, the new technology poked fun at your choice of genre, artists and trends by connecting to your account.

According to Dexerto, the project calculated just how basic you are based on what you streamed. Of course, it’s all a bit of fun, and there’s not one person who isn’t just a little bit basic.

If you want to play around with it yourself, have your Spotify account details handy and give the site permission to access your account data.

Just How Basic Does the Unofficial Spotify Basic Test Think I Am?

For the accuracy of this story, I went ahead and did the test myself and I have to say, I felt very judged.

“lol. omg. okay hold up. Do you really listen to You Are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne?” Yes, pudding.cool. I do. A lot.

“Like ironically?” I mean how could it be ironically? I like, what I like…


Sufficiently judged, it went on to mock my love of the Glee cast, Michael Buble and Ariana Grande and just because I listened to the ThankU Next singer, I got a “U okay?” Well, not anymore…

After playing a quick game of f–k marry kill between Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Michael Buble, I was told that my “Spotify was bad. Ponytail-pop-boy-band-high-school-graduation” bad. Which to be honest, feels quite on-brand for me.

Overall, I am 48% basic.

“You’ve got some original music, but most of it is mainstream garbage, like Taylor Swift..”

Try it, it’s fun!

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