Pandora Launches VoiceEnabled Smart Assistant For Easier Streaming

first_imgStay on target Experimental Spotify Stations App Launches in USGet Personalized Podcast Recommendations from Pandora Streaming music provider Pandora is taking on Amazon, Google, and Spotify with a native smart assistant.New “Voice Mode” allows listeners to control Pandora’s mobile app and discover music simply by asking.Use the wake phrase “Hey Pandora,” followed by a request, to hear a specific artist, song, station, podcast, or playlist. The platform can also deliver personalized tunes based on tastes, moods, and activities (i.e. “play something for my workout” or “play music for relaxing”).“With Voice Mode, we are introducing an even more natural and conversational way for listeners to discover new music and enhance their experience directly in the Pandora mobile app, like getting recommendations from a friend who really knows you,” Chief Product Officer Chris Phillips said in a statement.The new feature relies on advanced natural language understanding and music recommendation technology to provide a hands-free experience tailored to individual users.Change stations, control volume, skip or pause music, and conduct other basic navigation commands with a few words.Don’t like what you’re hearing? Tell Pandora to “play something different.” Stumble upon a fresh new beat you’d like to listen to again? Direct the app to “add this song to my party playlist” or give it a thumbs up by saying “I like this.”Beta access new Voice Mode is available now for iOS and Android owners.This is the latest addition to the US-only streaming service (I’m dying for access in the UK!), which rolled out personalized podcast recommendations in November.The Podcast Genome Project—a cataloging system and discovery algorithm that combines technology and human curation to deliver new content, based on 1,500-plus attributes. Users signal their enjoyment (or lack thereof) via thumbs, skips, and replays.At the heart of Pandora is the Music Genome Project, described by the firm as “the most sophisticated taxonomy of music information ever collected.”Each song in the system is analyzed using up to 400 distinct musical characteristics; Pandora recognizes and responds to individual tastes, giving users a personalized radio experience.More on Assistant Will Soon Be Available on One Billion DevicesThis Smart Toilet Adds Alexa to Your Bathroom RoutineStop Ignoring Your Smart Speaker’s Privacy Functionslast_img

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