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New Spotify AI app is here to mercilessly rip your taste in music

Spotify AI
(Image credit: The Pudding)

As if 2020 wasn’t bad enough, an app has been developed which digs into your Spotify listening habits only to then insult your taste in music (opens in new tab).

The project was developed by The Pudding (opens in new tab), with the AI trained by Mike Lacher and Matt Daniels – and after allowing the AI to examine your favourite music of 2020 and comparing it to “objectively good music” websites, the AI spits out condescending messages which makes you think, “Maybe I really did spend too much time listening to that one song!”

Right from the start you know things are about to take a turn for the worst when you get the message: “Analysing your listening history… lol… omg!”

I was told my 2020 listening habits were “classic rock radio station bad” and “heavy eyeliner post punk bad.” I was also informed that I listen to Drab Majesty far too much… which I really can’t argue with. I’m also apparently "4% basic" because I listen to The Mission.

I got off slightly better than Louder’s Editor In Chief Briony, who was told she was obsessed with “New wave and Pump Up The Jam,” while her taste was “can be convinced the earth is flat bad” and “mid-Nineties flannel shirt bad.” Obviously totally inaccurate as when did flannel shirts become bad?

Are you ready for your character to be dismantled and your taste in music to be critiqued by an online AI? Then be our guest (opens in new tab).

Scott looks after and updates Louder’s online buyer’s guides and also scouts out the best deals for music fans from every corner of the internet. He's spent more than 28 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. Scott joined our news desk in the summer of 2014, where he wrote extensively about rock, metal, prog and more, before moving to the eCommerce team full-time in 2020. Scott has previous written for publications including IGN, Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky.