What is podcasting about, and how entertaining or skillful is the host? The description of podcasts alone leaves much room for imagination. Spotify has acquired a small company whose technology is changing this loophole.
Podz uses machine learning to generate previews from podcast audio. These short audio files should give a concise impression of the content of the entire podcast. Listeners, passersby, or subscribers of the program should be able to decide more quickly whether the broadcast is worth the time.
At Spotify, this technology belongs to the title of “discovery tool”, which means to speed up the selection and selection process.
By the end of this year, the first elements of the acquired technology will appear in Spotify.
The Swedish audio platform has 2.6 million podcasts.
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