Apple announces ‘Saylists’ to help youngsters with speech-sound disorders

Apple has announced Saylists will be coming to Apple Music, designed to help young people suffering with speech-sound disorders improve their speech over time using music and lyrics.

The project, which is overseen by Warner Music, uses advanced algorithms to find song lyrics that repeat challenging sounds like “ch” and “s”, with tracks like Lizzo’s Good As Hell amongst the first songs to be added.

Speaking to BBC News about the launch of the new service, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists said: “We’re always pleased to hear about innovative approaches that support speech-and-language therapists in their work. As with all new techniques and tools, we recommend effective evaluation and monitoring of outcomes.”

Warner Music chief executive Tony Harlow added: “Helping people express themselves is at the heart of what we do – and we hope that by creating a therapeutic tool that’s as engaging and accessible as saylists, we can help anyone whose struggling with their speech.”

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