Spotify Pilots AI Translation for Podcasters, Improving the Traditional Dubbing

IBL News | New York

Spotify announced this week that it started to pilot Voice Translation for Podcasts, an AI feature that automatically translates podcasts into additional languages.

This technology keeps the podcaster’s voice, which sounds more personal and natural than traditional dubbing.

As a result, a podcast episode originally recorded in English can now be available in Spanish and other languages while keeping the speaker’s distinctive speech characteristics.

This Spotify-developed tool leverages the latest voice generation innovation, one of which is OpenAI’s technology.

As part of the pilot, Spotify has worked with five podcasters — Dax Shepard, Monica Padman, Lex Fridman, Bill Simmons, and Steven Bartlett —to generate AI-powered voice translations in other languages, including Spanish, French, and German.

“We believe that a thoughtful approach to AI can help build deeper connections between listeners and creators, a key component of Spotify’s mission to unlock the potential of human creativity,” said Ziad Sultan, VP of Personalization at Spotify.

The translated episodes can be found at Spotify’s Voice Translations Hub.