23 July 2021
Apple has officially launched Saylists in Apple Music to help young users with speed-sound disorders (SSD). These are music playlists that have been curated in collaboration with Warner Music. The team has made use of artificial intelligence to find songs that can help users overcome their SSDs.
The speech-sound disorder is a condition in which people, usually children, have trouble producing sounds of certain words like “Ch, d, f, g, k, l, r, s, t, and z”. A report from BBC News reveals that one in 12 children in the UK is believed to be experiencing some sort of speech-sound disorder. Apple is hopeful that singing along with curated tracks will help them practice in a fun way and get better at producing the sound.
The official description of Saylists reads,
"Saylists are a collection of playlists that each focus on a different sound. By choosing one and singing along, you can practice a sound you have trouble with in a way that's fun, and most importantly, not boring."
Apple says that AI analyzed over 70 million tracks available with the Apple Music catalog to discover songs that repeated the sounds often. It was able to find 173 tracks for Saylists that have been divided into different playlists based on the particular sound. It includes songs like Don't Start Now by Dua Lipa, Good As Hell by Lizzo, and Right Now by Fatboy Slim. You can search for these playlists by simply using the term "Saylists" in the search bar.