Monday, September 11, 2023

Spotify Roles Out AI Interface Xavier - "Call me 'X'"


AI is penetrating all kinds of things in our lives, sometimes before we even realize it.  Now AI has come to my fave music app.

I *love* music... always have.  I almost always have something playing in the background of my life.  Whether I'm seeing patients, writing, relaxing; chances are I've got some music playing in the background.  Like a lot of you, I go through phases.  Sometimes it's hard rock, sometimes it's relaxing instrumentals, sometimes classical... even sometimes there's K-Pop.

Along those lines I love December when Spotify will send me a playlist of my most played songs for the year.  There have been times when I've looked at that playlist and thought, "wow, I forgot how much I listened to that one!"

 So I was thrilled the other day when I logged into Spotify in my car and heard a voice say something along the lines of, "Hey, how you doin'?  My name's Xavier, but my friends call me X.  I'm Spotify's new A.I. dj.  I'll be picking tunes I know you like and let you listen in.  Let's get started..."

The system's voice is that of Spotify's Head of Cultural Partnerships, Xavier “X” Jernigan. Previously, X served as one of the hosts on Spotify’s first (and personalized) morning show, The Get Up.   I've got to admit that X has the *perfect* voice to make me want to listen.

I love Spotify!  I've been a listener since the service was in Beta and you had to 'know someone' to get an account (Thanks Adam!!!)  I continue to use the service daily.  Most of the time I still select artists or genres on my own... but sometimes there is nothing better than sitting back and letting X take over.

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