Spotify acquires Paris-based AI search startup Niland.io

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Spotify has acquired Niland.io, a Paris-based machine learning startup specialising in music search and recommendations. No terms for the deal were disclosed.

The team from Niland.io will be joining Spotify’s New York R&D office where they will work on music discovery features. According to Spotify, Niland.io has “changed the game” for AI in search.

“Over the last 4 years, we’ve been a pioneer in the analysis of audio using deep learning technologies,” said Niland.io in its statement. “We’ve achieved our vision of enabling computers to listen to music in a human way. Understanding the music content itself was the missing link to developing more sophisticated listening experiences.”

This is Spotify’s second acquisition in the space of a month after picking up New York’s Mediachain Labs, a blockchain firm, in late April.

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