Spotify's Latest Move: AI Voices Taking Over Podcast Ads

AI Voices Could Soon be Taking Over Your Favorite Spotify Podcasts

As the Chief Editor of, I am always keeping my finger on the pulse of the latest developments in the world of artificial intelligence. And the latest news just might change the way we listen to podcasts forever.

According to reports, Spotify is currently developing AI-generated ad reads that will use the voice of a computer-generated human. This means that soon, your favorite podcast hosts might be replaced by robots. Here's what you need to know:

Spotify is looking to use AI-generated voices for podcast ads. Image: Shutterstock

What We Know About AI-Generated Ad Reads on Spotify Podcasts

Here's what we know so far about Spotify's plans to use AI-generated ad reads on its podcast platform:

  • Bill Simmons, host of "The Bill Simmons Podcast," alluded to the possibility of AI-generated ad reads in a recent episode.
  • Spotify has already released an AI-based music discovery tool earlier this year.
  • The company is looking to develop podcast ads that will be read using an AI version of a human's voice.

What This Means for Podcast Listeners

If Spotify does indeed move forward with its plans to use AI-generated ad reads, it could have a significant impact on the podcast industry. Here are a few potential implications:

  • Podcast hosts may be replaced by computer-generated voices for ad reads. This could mean that listeners will no longer hear their favorite hosts reading ads or providing commentary during ad breaks.
  • The use of AI-generated voices could theoretically lead to more personalized ads. Because AI can analyze data about individual listeners, it could potentially deliver ads that are more tailored to each listener's interests and preferences.
  • However, the use of AI-generated voices may also raise concerns about the ethics of using computer-generated humans to promote products or services.

Trivia Time: The History of AI-Generated Voices

Did you know that the use of AI-generated voices isn't a new concept? In fact, computer-generated voices have been used for decades in various industries. Here are a few fun facts:

  • The first computer-generated voice was created in the 1960s by an IBM engineer named John Kelly. The voice, named "Voder," was demonstrated at the 1939 World's Fair in New York City.
  • In the 1980s, a company called Kurzweil Computer Products created a text-to-speech program called "Readout." The program was used in early speech recognition systems.
  • Today, AI-generated voices are used in a variety of applications, from virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa to audiobook narration.

The Bottom Line

As AI continues to advance, it's likely that we'll see more and more use of computer-generated voices in various industries. While the use of AI-generated ad reads on Spotify podcasts may be a jarring concept for many listeners, it's just one example of how AI is changing the way we experience media. Stay tuned for more updates from on the latest developments in the world of AI.