My experience with Spotify’s new pet playlist feature


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An example of a playlist and accompanying graphic made by Spotify.

Yes, you read the headline correctly. Spotify, the music-streaming giant, has introduced a new feature that allows a user to automatically curate a 30-song playlist for their pet. This playlist is based on both the user’s music taste as well as answers to a short survey one fills out about their pet. The questions in the survey ask the user to measure their pet’s level of activity, friendliness and curiosity levels. However, this process still begs the question: Will my pet actually like their playlist?

The short answer: maybe? Obviously, there is no clear way to tell how much a pet enjoys anything, especially something as subjective as music. In the FAQ section of the playlist creator, Spotify writes, “While music for pets isn’t an exact science, we consulted with experts in the pet industry for the best approximation for what might work best for our featured animals.”  

As a Spotify user myself, I decided to give this feature a try. I opened an email Spotify sent me containing a link to their survey and started answering questions about my cat Max. It’s a short survey, and it took me less than five minutes to fill out. I uploaded a picture of Max, and voila, his pet playlist was created, alongside a pretty cool graphic. 

As for Max’s “review” of his playlist, I can’t give a definitive answer as to whether he liked it or not. The first song I played from it, “Chanel” by Frank Ocean, seemed to be his favorite, as he continually came up to me wanting to be petted while the song was playing. But, seeing as he is an inarticulate cat, I really have no idea what he thought of his playlist.

No matter how your pet responds to it, creating a pet playlist on Spotify is definitely worth the short amount of time it takes to create and can introduce you to new music. Create your own using the link below: