Spotify Stations launches on Android, but good luck using it

03 February, 2018, 01:41 | Author: Patty Aguilar
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"When you have access to all the music in the world, finding the right thing to play can feel like a challenge", the Google Play Store app description reads. "With Stations, you can listen immediately, and switching stations is simple and seamless - no searching or typing needed".

In the app, users can choose from curated music stations that provide a more simplified way of listening to music. Now, with an on-demand streaming option, a recent acquisition by Sirius XM, and a ton of competitors, there's no telling what the app's future may hold, especially with a new Spotify app called Stations. "Stations is an experiment by Spotify that makes it easy for anyone to listen to great music".

Mashable reports that the ad-free app is created to help you get music on your speakers without breaking a sweat.

"Stations by Spotify", being piloted in Australia, will not require users to be paying Spotify members and will be supported by advertising, according to the TechCrunch.

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. As you listen, you can like songs to unlock even more stations you might be interested in. From app design renders these will take the form of "favourite" playlists and those with particular themes such has "Aussie Top 50" and "Easy Listening".

This is when Pandora's non-interactive streaming service thrived in generating stations based on artist or genre, yet always creating chaos when an unstoppable ad came on.

As part of moves to remain competitive, Spotify launched a version of its app for iMessage in September. As TechCrunch reports, the app has very limited device compatibility (the S7 Edge, S8 and Google's Pixel phones were incompatible with the app) and seems to only be available to Australian users. It is much like a radio and users can scroll through playlists that are already there.



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