Spotify launches standalone app 'Stations' for free playlist listening


"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 listing reads. It also touts the fact that users don't need to search for anything, or type into the app at all.

The app will allow users to stream music personalised to their tastes in songs, artists and genres, according to its description. The app called "Stations" was quietly released in Australia for Androids on Tuesday, according to The Daily Dot.

Stations is now labeled as an 'experiment, ' which clearly indicates that the app is being tested.

The idea behind the app is simple: it can be hard to figure out what you want to listen to sometimes, so the Stations app helps you get around that by providing you with a bunch of different stations personalised to your taste. You can reorganize (add or delete) your playlists, but can't create new ones. You can view it in the Google Play Store, but the app isn't compatible with devices in the US or Europe.

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Like Spotify it's free, but only if you're cool with ads interrupting your music experience. We'll see if the company decides to make anything official in the days and weeks to come, but for now, head down to the comments section and let us know if you're able to download Stations while it's in this testing phase. Apparently you can add or delete playlists that exist, but can't create new ones.

Spotify is perhaps best known for its on-demand music streaming service by the same name but now the company could be looking to branch out, if only slightly.

That probably means that having a function-heavy app is not Spotify's goal. It is much like a radio and users can scroll through playlists that are already there. It also put an end to copying-and-pasting links.