New Apple Music 'Saylists' Geared Towards Speech Therapy for Children [Updated]

Apple Music has partnered with Warner Music and Accenture Interactive's Rothco to launch "Saylists" – playlists of songs selected to help young people with a speech-sound disorder, or SSD.

saylist apple music
According to the BBC, the project uses algorithms to find song lyrics in ‌Apple Music‌'s vast library of tracks that repeat challenging sounds, allowing listeners to sing along as a form of speech therapy.

Getting children with SSD to repeat challenging syllables, words, and phrases is considered to be one of the most successful therapeutic strategies, reports Musicweek. The repetition involved can be tedious and draining for children, which is why the "Saylists" are designed to add a fun and engaging element to that experience.

So far, the algorithm has selected 173 tracks that meet its criteria, including Dua Lipa's "Don't Start Now," Lizzo's "Good As Hell," and Fatboy Slim's "Right Here, Right Now."

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists chief executive Kamini Gadhok told BBC News: "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."

The "Saylists" are English-language only and can only be accessed by ‌Apple Music‌ subscribers in the United Kingdom, where one in 12 children experience some form of SSD. Whether the program will be extended to other regions and territories remains unknown.

Update: ‌Apple Music‌ "Saylists" will in fact be available globally, MacRumors can confirm.

Top Rated Comments

MOFS Avatar
15 months ago
Sounds amazing, but “Feeling Good as Hell” is a bit blue for kids.


Woo child, tired of the ********
Go on dust your shoulders off, keep it moving
Yes Lord, tryna get some new ****
In there, swimwear, going to the pool ****
Come now, come dry your eyes
You know you a star, you can touch the sky
I know that it's hard but you have to try
If you need advice, let me simplify
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Will Co Avatar
15 months ago
What a marvellous idea. Well done Apple and Warner for getting behind it.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chucker23n1 Avatar
15 months ago

Yes, it’s a very dumb country.
Maybe, but my point was the content industry keeps shooting its feet with stuff like that.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LeadingHeat Avatar
15 months ago
This is a fantastic idea! I do hope if it’s for children though that they find songs that are kid friendly..

That being said, after the pilot program is done, please open it up to the rest of Apple Music, Apple!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dumastudetto Avatar
15 months ago
I love Apple for caring about things like this. Apple knows where they lead, others often follow, and that's why we should be thankful they are the industry leaders.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chucker23n1 Avatar
15 months ago
Pretty cool.


can only be accessed by Apple Music subscribers in the United Kingdom
That's dumb, though.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Related Stories

apple music spatial audio ad

More Than Half of Apple Music Listeners Using Spatial Audio, Says Apple Exec

Wednesday February 16, 2022 2:24 am PST by
In an interview with Billboard, Apple's vice president of Apple Music and Beats, Oliver Schusser, details the growth of and reaction to Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio on the streaming platform. Apple Music gained Spatial Audio and Lossless support in June 2021, and since, Apple has continued to add new songs to its catalog that support both new features. Apple had previously promised that ...
apple music voice plan feature

Here's a First Look at Apple Music's Voice Plan Launching With iOS 15.2

Thursday December 9, 2021 8:53 am PST by
iOS 15.2 is expected to be released to all users as early as next week, and one of the software update's key new features is the Apple Music Voice Plan, which is designed to let users access Apple Music exclusively through Siri. Ahead of iOS 15.2 being released, we're able to provide a first look at the Voice Plan, courtesy of MacRumors contributor Steve Moser. Users will be able to...
m1 chip ssd

Apple SSD Supplier Hit With Contamination Disaster, Flash Storage Prices Expected to Spike

Friday February 11, 2022 5:38 am PST by
SSD prices are likely to increase globally due to contamination issues at Western Digital and Kioxia's NAND production facilities, and Apple devices may be affected (via TrendForce). The M1 MacBook Air's SSD modules Western Digital says that it has lost 6.5 exabytes worth of BiCS 3D NAND flash storage due to use of contaminated materials at two of its plants in Japan in January. The...
mac studio ssd

Mac Studio Teardown Indicates That SSD Storage May Be Upgradeable

Sunday March 20, 2022 6:05 am PDT by
The Mac Studio's SSD storage is not soldered in place and could be upgradeable, according to a teardown performed by YouTube channel Max Tech. Image via Max Tech In a detailed teardown video of the new Mac Studio, Max Tech revealed that the Mac Studio's SSD storage is located in two slots, and is relatively easy to remove or replace since it is not soldered down. The individual SSDs can be...
nest supports apple music feature

Apple Music Now Available on Google Nest Speakers in Five Additional Countries

Friday December 10, 2021 6:47 am PST by
Apple Music is now available to stream on Google Assistant-enabled devices like the Nest Mini and Nest Audio in five more countries, including Australia, Canada, India, Mexico, and South Korea, according to a recently updated Apple support document. Apple Music first became available on Nest speakers and displays in the United States, UK, France, Germany, and Japan late last year. Just...
shazam 2022 predictions

Shazam Shares 2022 Popular Song Predictions

Tuesday January 4, 2022 9:32 am PST by
Apple's music discovery and identification platform Shazam today shared its Shazam Predictions 2022 playlist, which is available on Apple Music. The playlist offers songs from 50 artists "poised to have a breakthrough year." Data was calculated through Shazam's predictive algorithms, and the tracks included were hand-selected by the Apple Music global editorial team. The songs show...
apple music

New Apple Music App Name Leaked by Beta Code

Wednesday February 23, 2022 2:40 am PST by
The name of Apple's new classical music-focused app appears to have been leaked by code from the company's Android app. Last year, Apple announced its purchase of the classical music streaming service Primephonic, which offered advanced search and browse features specially optimized for classical music. At the time, Apple said that the best elements of Primephonic would become a part of...
stem player kanye west

Kanye West's 'Donda 2' Album Not Coming to Apple Music

Friday February 18, 2022 10:26 am PST by
Kanye West, now known officially as "Ye," does not plan to release his next album, "Donda 2," on streaming services that include Apple Music and Spotify, opting instead for a proprietary platform. Ye said today on Instagram that "Donda 2" will be available only on the Stem Player, a $200 device that was released with the initial "Donda" album pre-installed. The Stem Player is designed to...

Popular Stories

apple ar headset concept 1

Apple's Headset Said to Feature 14 Cameras Enabling Lifelike Avatars, Jony Ive Has Remained Involved With Design

Friday May 20, 2022 6:50 am PDT by
Earlier this week, The Information's Wayne Ma outlined struggles that Apple has faced during the development of its long-rumored AR/VR headset. Now, in a follow-up report, he has shared several additional details about the wearable device. Apple headset render created by Ian Zelbo based on The Information reporting For starters, one of the headset's marquee features is said to be lifelike...
iPhone 14 Purple Lineup Feature

Will the iPhone 14 Be a Disappointment?

Saturday May 21, 2022 9:00 am PDT by
With around four months to go before Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 14 lineup, the overwhelming majority of rumors related to the new devices so far have focused on the iPhone 14 Pro, rather than the standard iPhone 14 – leading to questions about how different the iPhone 14 will actually be from its predecessor, the iPhone 13. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are expected...
sony headphones 1

Sony's New WH-1000XM5 Headphones vs. Apple's AirPods Max

Friday May 20, 2022 12:18 pm PDT by
Sony this week came out with an updated version of its popular over-ear noise canceling headphones, so we picked up a pair to compare them to the AirPods Max to see which headphones are better and whether it's worth buying the $400 WH-1000XM5 from Sony over Apple's $549 AirPods Max. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. First of all, the AirPods Max win out when it comes ...
studio display 3

Apple's Rumored 27-Inch Mini-LED Display Now Said to Launch in October

Friday May 20, 2022 8:07 am PDT by
Apple now plans to release a new 27-inch display with mini-LED backlighting in October due to the Shanghai lockdown, which has resulted in production of the display being delayed, according to display industry consultant Ross Young. In a tweet, Young said Apple is in the process of moving production of the display from Quanta Computer to a different supplier and/or location, resulting in a...
HomePodandMini feature green

Kuo: Apple to Release New HomePod in Late 2022 or Early 2023

Friday May 20, 2022 8:55 am PDT by
Apple is working on an updated version of the HomePod that could come in the fourth quarter of 2022 or the first quarter of 2023, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo says that there "may not be much innovation in hardware design" for the new HomePod, and there is no word on what size the device will be and if it will be a HomePod mini successor or a larger speaker. Apple would ...
airtag purple

Best Apple Deals of the Week: Save on AirTag, AirPods 3, and iPads

Friday May 20, 2022 8:01 am PDT by
Solid markdowns on the AirTag, AirPods 3, and a few iPad models were introduced this week, and below you'll find all of the best deals of the past few days that are still available to purchase. AirTag Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. What's the...