Spotify launches ‘pet playlists’ that compose songs that you and your furry friend will both enjoy
Spotify launches ‘Pet Playlists’ that compile songs for your animal lovers based on type and personality type
- Pet playlists compile songs for Spotify users and their beloved pets
- Options include cats, dogs, iguanas, hamsters, and birds
- Users can enter the personality traits of their pets, such as “apathetic” or “energetic”
- Experts say the right music can help relieve animal stress and improve mood
Spotify wants to make sure that your beloved cats and dogs have a say in your next playlist.
A new playlist generator, appropriately named “Pet Playlist,” is now live and lets Spotify users select the type of animal they own and compile a selection of songs based on the personality type of their furry friend.
For example: if you select the ‘cat’ option, Spotify asks if your cat is energetic or relaxed; shy or friendly; curious or apathetic; and then ask you to upload a photo (an optional task) and your pet’s name.
Those choices will then be combined with songs in someone’s repertoire to compile a playlist that you and your pet should enjoy
Spotify wants to help you put together music for you and your favorite animal by using an algorithm to create playlists based on personality and type
While it is not clear what science actually does to put together the playlists – it usually seems like a fun gimmick for Spotify customers – the science behind using music as a tool to keep your pets happy and calm is well established.
“Although there is a lot of scientific research that has shown that short periods of music can make dogs more relaxed, we have demonstrated that providing dogs with varied auditory enrichment can be used to reduce stress and anxiety over a longer period of time,” Neil Evans said , animal physiologist and professor at the University of Glasgow.
“When dogs have the proper auditory enrichment, they can bark less, lie down and sleep more, and their body is in a more relaxed physiological state.”
According to a survey of 3,000 pet animal owners who stream music in the UK, about three-quarters say they already play songs for their animals and believe they enjoy listening to music.
Some experts say that music can also be a useful tool to reduce loneliness or anxiety while you are at work or otherwise absent.
Spotify has used its algorithm in the past to compile user playlists, including a year-end tool that gives users a clear overview of their listening for the year (Andrew Matthews / PA)
“Although nothing can ever replace the company and presence of a dog’s two-legged friend, research is increasingly showing the effect of music on dog behavior,” Dr. said. Samantha Gaines, dog welfare expert at RSPCA.
“The type of music that a dog listens to is important, and research has shown that some music can help dogs relax, while others have a less beneficial effect, so it’s really great that Spotify has put together and produced music with dogs in mind.”
Spotfiy has made a name for itself thanks to comparable data-oriented curation. One of the most successful tools is an end-of-year playlist that collects the most played songs and overall tastes from users.
Users can then share their results on social media – namely via Instagram through stories.