Discover Your “Musical DNA”

An online advertisement caught my eye: “Spotify & AncestryDNA Users Can Now Generate Personalized Playlists Based On Their DNA Heritage Results.”

Really? My musical DNA? What is that?

An article by Kaitlyn Wylde in the web site states:

AncestryDNA has joined forces with Spotify to create the ultimate personal playlist curation experience. And by “personal”, I mean the playlist that this partnership offers you will resonate with you very deeply — aka, the music is literally tuned to your DNA. Yes, using your AncestryDNA results, Spotify will put together a collection of songs that are based on your heritage. If you’re in the market for a closer connection to your music library, this special feature will definitely hit the spot. I mean, how much closer can you get than sharing DNA?

Starting on September 19, customers who have received AncestryDNA test results can turn to Spotify to find carefully selected playlists that correspond with their ethnic background as disclosed in their DNA test results.

OK, I thought I had heard of everything but this is new to me. If you are interested in your “musical DNA,” check out the article at:


Thanks for the offer, AncestryDNA , but I’m perfectly capable of curating my own playlist. When will you get around to providing something really useful —like maybe the chromosome browser we’ve all been asking for for years. Oh, I forgot, AncestryDNA isn’t interested in serious genealogy, it wants to be a player in the entertainment business.

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Where is it on Spotify?


    I have the same question, Phyllis. I’ve been all over the Spotify site and cannot find anything about Ancestry (except for one person in the “community” complaining that there are only 5 regions offered). I have the “free” version of Spotify. The article Dick linked to doesn’t indicate if you must have the “premium” account. If that is the case, forget it. It appears to be impossible to contact Spotify to ask a question. If someone has an answer, please let us know.


Why, exactly, would I hand over my DNA results for such a silly purpose? What’s next? A restaurant menu based on my DNA? If my ancestry could predict my tastes, I would be listening to bagpipes and oom-pah bands and eating haggis and sauerkraut – all of which I loathe. More to the point, although I am aware that there is no absolute privacy shield for my AncestryDNA results, I did restrict its use (as much as I was able) and do not want it shared with random companies such as Spotify who have no good reason to have it other than to profit from it.


Does AncestryDNA provide our DNA data along with some personal identifier to Spotify so that our playlist may be generated and retrieved? Does this generate revenue for AncestryDNA at the cost of our privacy?


    Good questiom, John. Is Ancestry in danger of heading down the same road that got Facebook into hot water and potentially selling their customers’ ethnicity estimates and/or raw dna information to the next incarnation of Cambridge Analytica which might delliberately or negligently pass it on to so-called “public records” data aggregators to be used Illegally to make discriminatory hiring or insurance decisions? I’d like to know exactly what information Ancestry is sharing with whom and what steps are being taken to guard against its misuse, beyond obtaining a contractual promise to handle it prooerly.


So, my 200 PAGES of 4th to 6th or 5th to 8th cousins and I can share culturally signifcant -to us- ethnic music based on our DNA. So, will I be able to click on the Cousin I want and see what kind of music we are both supposed to like? That would really help since about 95% of them don’t even have a tree up on Ancestry and I might be able t make a reaonsable guess where our respective ancestors were living200 to 300+ years ago. Of course, since 3/4 of my great grandparents were either born in Ireland or never left there, perhaps Ancestry can create a playlist that fine-tunes the playlist to the County in Ireland? That would help.
Don’t bother sending me any playlists for the other 1/4 great grandparents that were French Canadian, I have have never had an affinity for French or French Canadian music.
And that small percentage of Iberian ancestry—-should I be learning Flamenco songs of —-just perhaps—-something from one of the Aribic cultures given the time the Muslim occupation and subjugateion of the Spanish populations for some 700 years before about 1500? Just wondering because while Ancestry has recently started to mention the use of the Iberian Peninsula as a refuge for humans during the last Ice Age my nominal Iberian ancestors seemed to have missed being forced to aquire Aribic genes- or Ancestry isn’t going to mention that.
Yeah, how about a chromosome browser. Something usefull.


Well, you’ve all given me a good laugh for the day. I appreciate that !


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