[Updated] Here's why some Spotify users are unable to access new AI DJ
Here’s the crux of the article in video form
New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….
Original story (published on February 28, 2023) follows:
Spotify contracted the AI fever on February 22, 2023, when they announced the launch of a new AI DJ service.
It is accessible as a beta option on the Spotify mobile app, but exclusively for Spotify Premium subscribers in the United States and Canada.
Spotify users unable to access new AI DJ
The feature is the outcome of Spotify’s acquisition of the AI voice service Sonantic back in 2022.
However, some Spotify users are reporting an issue where they are unable to access the new AI DJ even though they have a premium subscription (1,2,3,4,5,6).
It’s been over a week since Spotify announced this feature, so listeners anticipated it to be available on their devices right away but that hasn’t been the case.
AI DJ will play the most recent songs as well as some of your old favorites and may even play a song that you haven’t heard in years.
As a result, everyone is excited about this new feature and wants to test it for themselves. This desire to have the AI DJ has been heightened by the positive reception it has received in its early stages.
so mad i don’t have the spotify ai dj yet. I’m sure I’ll hate it but I still want to play around with it
So I can not find this @Spotify AI DJ!? Looked on the music feed and updated my app… what am I missing @SpotifyCares??
But according to Spotify, the reason for its unavailability is due to a gradual rollout, which implies that this feature will be available to everyone in the coming weeks.
Even so, here are a few things you can try if you are still unable to use the new Spotify AI DJ feature:
1. Make sure your Spotify app is up to date: The AI DJ feature is only available on the latest version of the Spotify app, so check if you have any pending app updates and install them.
2. Check if the feature is enabled on your account: Make sure that the AI DJ feature is enabled on your account. Go to your account settings, select “Playback,” and make sure that the “AI DJ” toggle is turned on.
3. Try logging out and logging back in: Sometimes logging out and logging back into your Spotify account can help refresh your account settings and access new features.
That said, we’ll keep tabs on further developments and update this article as and when something noteworthy comes up.
Update 1 (March 01, 2023)
11:34 am (IST): You can try updating the app and check to see if you’ve also received the AI DJ feature, as it has recently started to roll out for some Spotify users (1,2,3).
Update 2 (March 02, 2023)
09:26 am (IST): The new AI DJ feature is now rolling out to more users and going by the reports (1, 2, 3) those who are getting this feature are liking it.
Update 3 (March 6, 2023)
12:59 pm (IST): Some users who have received this feature are not liking (1, 2, 3) the AI DJ ‘voice’ tone or pronunciation.
Update 4 (March 7, 2023)
09:17 am (IST): Some iOS users are now reporting that the DJ Button is missing for them from the Now Playing view. More on that here.
Update 5 (March 8, 2023)
06:11 pm (IST): According to some reports (1, 2, 3, 4), users are not liking the Spotify AI DJ recommendations as they feel that they are inaccurate for them.
Update 6 (March 9, 2023)
12:37 pm (IST): A user reported that they lost the new AI DJ feature after changing the smartphone and logging into their Spotify account from new one.
Update 7 (March 10, 2023)
05:25 pm (IST): Spotify has shared some insights into the new AI DJ feature including how they came up with the idea and how they designed it along with more interesting information.
Update 8 (March 13, 2023)
06:25 pm (IST): The feature in question has been out for the beta users for several weeks. However, if you are yet to try it out, here’s the information on where to locate it.
Update 9 (March 14, 2023)
05:04 pm (IST): Spotify app (Android and iOS) just got a new update, so users can try installing it and see if they get AI DJ.
Update 10 (March 15, 2023)
06:08 pm (IST): It appears that some users (1,2) of other music streaming services (Apple Music) are starting to request a function comparable to Spotify AI DJ.
Update 11 (March 16, 2023)
04:50 pm (IST): A user reported receiving the AI DJ availability notification, but the feature was not actually available.
Update 12 (March 20, 2023)
05:10 pm (IST): Accroding to reports (1,2), Xavier Jernigan’s voice is the base of the Spotify AI DJ.
Update 13 (March 21, 2023)
06:02 pm (IST): Spotify users (1,2,3,4) are now asking for other speech options, including a female voice, for the AI DJ feature.
Update 14 (March 22, 2023)
01:14 pm (IST): Although users are liking the new AI DJ feature, they are also demanding (1, 2, 3, 4) for some customization options for genre, mood, and even AI voice options.
Update 15 (March 23, 2023)
06:15 pm (IST): According to a report, Spotify Fans listen to DJ for 25% of their total listening time, and they keep on returning for more. As per the stats, more than half of first-time listeners use the feature the next day as well.
Update 16 (March 28, 2023)
02:37 pm (IST): Some users are now complaining (1, 2, 3, 4) that the bot is not remembering their genre or mood preferences. Moreover, some are demanding Spotify to add separate profiles for various moods and taste.
Update 17 (May 29, 2023)
10:27 am (IST): Multiple recent reports suggest that Spotify is carrying out a wider rollout of the AI DJ feature (1, 2, 3).
Update 18 (May 30, 2023)
04:58 pm (IST): After the wider rollout of the Spotify AI DJ feature, user feedback seems to be mostly positive (1, 2, 3).
Update 19 (June 2, 2023)
03:28 pm (IST): Its a good news!!! Google is bringing the Spotify AI DJ feature to Wear OS-powered smartwatches.
But there’s a catch as feature will only available in the US, Canada, UK and Ireland for Spotify Premium users and on devices running Wear OS 2+ and newer OS versions.
Update 20 (June 9, 2023)
04:32 pm (IST): CEO of Spotify said that they will have to work with the Tesla team in order to be able to get the AI DJ feature for Tesla.
Will come. Not entirely in our hands. Have to work with the Tesla team on it!
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