Gustav Soderstrom: Spotify | Lex Fridman Podcast #29

Gustav Soderstrom is the Chief Research & Development Officer at Spotify, leading Product, Design, Data, Technology & Engineering teams. This conversation is part of the Artificial Intelligence podcast.
I really enjoyed this conversation with Gustav. Here’s the high-level outline:
0:00 – Introduction
1:06 – Favorite song & True Romance
3:04 – Purpose of music in society
7:02 – History of music
16:28 – Piracy and the internet, competing with free
20:54 – Innovation in music streaming user experience
23:36 – Video content, YouTube, and the focus on audio
25:56 – Growing a user base
28:14 – Letting go of music hoarding
31:18 – Playlists and machine learning
38:19 – Song data analysis
41:05 – Tools for empowering the music creation process
53:14 – Albums and podcasting
1:00:13 – Recommender systems & machine learning
1:19:28 – Smart speakers
1:26:54 – Music labels
1:36:10 – Future of music streaming
1:41:17 – Future of mobile devices
1:44:25 – Her

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