Spotify Testing 'Stations' App for Quick Access to New Jams

Steve Phelps
February 3, 2018

"When you have access to all the music in the world, finding the right thing to play can feel like a challenge", Stations' app description reads.

Spotify is clearly focusing on ease of use with Stations as the app will automatically begin playing music when you open it and create playlists tailored to your tastes based on the songs you've "liked" in the past.

Spotify has launched a new app named Stations which is now available only in Australia but is expected to be rolled out to all regions soon.

The Verge has reached out to Spotify for more details around Stations, including the obvious question of whether an iOS version is coming. Best of all, the app is free if you can tolerate insufferable ads.

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When questioned about the app, Spotify simply told Variety that it's "testing new features all the time", declining to give any specific information about Stations itself.

'Stations' is a new Android-only app that is being piloted by the company in Australia - it was first noticed by app analytics firm Sensor Tower on Tuesday. "Totally free." now, the ad-supported service is available exclusively for Android devices in Australia and not yet accessible in other territories. Apparently you can add or delete playlists that exist, but can't create new ones. All you do is download the app and start listening to your favorite stations for free.

Considering the fact that the app faces some strong rivalry from other streaming services like Pandora, Stations seem to be a viable alternative and will provide a more streamlined experience. This approach is part of Spotify's experiment to essentially streamline its mobile music listening.

Spotify is testing an app that sees it move firmly into Pandora's territory. It is much like a radio and users can scroll through playlists that are already there.

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