Man dancing with dog (YouTube screen shot)
If you think your pet enjoys listening to music, you can have a special playlist made for both of you by Spotify; see if your pet truly enjoys it.
The Swedish streaming service introduced the service after surveying 5,000 pet parents in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Australia, and Italy. Information gathered from these participants indicated that:
- 80 percent of pet owners think their pets like music
- 55 percent of pet parents think their pets enjoy the same music as their owners
- 71 percent of pet owners play music for their pets
- 69 percent sing to their pets
- 57 percent dance with their pets, and
- almost 20 percent of pet owners name their pets after a music group or artist like Bob Marley, Elvis, Freddie Mercury, Bowie, and Ozzy
Every animal has certain sound sensitivities, and Spotify's musical consultant, cellist David Teie of the National Symphony Orchestra in D.C., has advised Spotify on the kinds of sounds that rub certain pets the wrong way. These factors are taken into consideration when Spotify combines that knowledge with information you provide about your pet's personality and your own musical interests. In response to a few questions about your pet's specific nature plus a picture of your pet, you will receive "an algorithmically generated playlist for you and your pet to enjoy together,” according to Spotify’s website.
Yes, it's true that if you have a pet rabbit, Spotify may not be able to fulfill her musical needs right now. For now it can only musically accommodate dogs, cats, hamsters, birds, and iguanas!