Spotify Launches Free Music App Called Stations in the U.S.

Spotify Stations, the streaming service’s lightweight listening app offering easy access to curated playlists, has arrived in the U.S. for Android and iOS.

The app has been considered an experiment by Spotify — and by others, a Pandora copycat due to its support for instant music playback.

The Stations app is designed for users who want a more radio-like experience, rather than having to seek out music or customize their own playlists. It comes with a simpler user interface and provides a scrollable list of playlists and easy tools so that users may customize their own.

Users will hear ads and be able to thumbs up and down songs, but don’t have unlimited skips.

The app features a range of top playlists by genre, decade, activity and more, but over time becomes more personalized to the end user. Users can also personalize their own stations by selecting favorite artists, similar to the customization experience offered today by YouTube Music. A Favorites playlist, based on users’ own interests, is also available.

The Stations app first arrived on the market for Android users in Australia in 2018. It launched on iOS a month ago, but only in Australia.

“At Spotify, we routinely conduct a number of experiments to create better listening experiences for our users,” said Spotify about the launch. “Some of those tests end up paving the way for our broader user experience and others serve only as an important learning. Spotify Stations is one of those tests. “

Source: TechCrunch