Spotify has very quietly launched a new standalone app for Android that’s solely devoted to fast, simple playlist and station listening. The app is known as Stations, and Spotify describes it as “the easiest way to listen to the music you love. Totally free.” Stations is additionally an “experiment,” in accordance to the corporate.
Stations is indexed within the Google Play Store, however lately Tuesday night (when Variety famous its debut), the app wasn’t but suitable with cell units within the United States and plenty of different international locations. For now, it’s most effective to be had in Australia.
We haven’t used it but, however the app’s design makes transparent that Stations is designed to scale back the stairs and faucets essential to get to your song. Spotify says that Stations begins taking part in as quickly because it’s opened, and all playlists are displayed in a huge font. You transfer between them by means of scrolling; Spotify in particular calls out that no typing or looking out is essential to use Stations.
The app additionally comprises the provider’s common, in my view customized playlists corresponding to Discover Weekly and Release Radar. “As you listen, it learns what you like and creates personalized stations that you’ll love,” the Stations app description reads. Users can customise which playlists seem in the primary menu and conceal the ones they’re now not concerned with, however they are able to’t create new ones inside Stations.
The Verge has reached out to Spotify for extra main points round Stations, together with the most obvious query of whether or not an iOS model is coming. Experiment or now not, Stations is the most recent device in Spotify’s arsenal as the corporate continues its contention with competing song services and products. An app that’s all about unfastened, fast listening turns out in particular constructed to woo Pandora’s tens of millions of unfastened customers who need a handy, lean-back revel in with little consumer enter required.