Just recently, Spotify released a new app for Android called 'Stations'; the app appears to be a completely stripped-down music-streaming service that offers curated playlists based on the type of music you want to listen to.
According to the Google Play app description, Spotify created the app as a super simple way for users to open, listen, and discover new music for free:
"When you have access to all the music in the world, finding the right thing to play can feel like a challenge. With Stations, you can listen immediately, and switching stations is simple and seamless--no searching or typing needed. As you listen, it learns what you like and creates personalised stations that you’ll love."
This is apparent when it comes to actually using the app itself. The app contains blocky letters, bright colors, and a straightforward navigation system. Music automatically starts playing whenever the app is opened, and there is no way to skip a song but rather, just pause or 'heart' it to further personalize a playlist your listening to.
Another thing to note is that the Stations uses your Spotify account, offering familiar playlists like My Favorites, Discover Weekly, and Release Radar. Users are able to modify which of these playlists appear inside the settings of the app. Ads are also present in the app for free users whilst those with a premium subscription are without.
Stations is a very interesting take on music-streaming. The app is kind of similar to Pandora, blending curated Spotify playlists with an endless-radio-style format. Spotify does note that "Stations is an experiment" and has rejected on commenting further when asked by Variety.
Currently, the app is listed in the Google Play Store, however, only downloadable in Australia. We don't know if or when the app will be available to more regions so keep an eye out.
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