Spotify's latest use of AI translates podcasters' voices into different languages

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By Elena Cavender  on 
Three phone screens with the podcasts "Lex Fridman Podcast," "Armchair Expert," and "The Diary of a CEO" open on Spotify.
The first podcasts to feature AI voice translation are the "Lex Fridman Podcast," "Armchair Expert," and "The Diary of a CEO." Credit: Spotify

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.

“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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Elena Cavender

Elena is a tech reporter and the resident Gen Z expert at Mashable. She covers TikTok and digital trends. She recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in American History. Email her at [email protected] or follow her @ecaviar_.

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