Google’s music service can read your mood from your data, program accordingly

WASHINGTON — Google’s music service will curate playlists using an amount of data on you that’s impressive or kind of scary, depending on your outlook.

The New York Post reports that, since Google already knows your location, your tastes, what time of day it is and more, through location information, email and other technology, Google Play Music is going to start incorporating all that data into choosing music to fit your likely mood.

“Google understands the kind of place you’re at, so home means something different from the gym, a bar, a park or an airport,” Elias Roman, product manager at Google Play Music, told The Post.

“We understand activity so with device sensors we understand differences between driving, running and biking and weather that drives what we do and what we want to feel like.”

The service is free if you allow advertising; for $9.99 a month you can skip the ads and also store music offline.

Google told The Post that if you’re scared of the possible intrusions on your privacy, you don’t need to worry — you have to opt in to the mood-music feature.

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Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2013 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He's the author of "A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set" and "I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival."

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