Stations by Spotify App in Testing to Rival Pandora

Spotify Targets Smartphone Users

A new standalone app, called Stations, is the easiest way to listen to your favorite music, Spotify explains.

The Spotify Stations app is available for download from the Google Play Store but the listing page mentions that it's not compatible with handsets in the United States and many other markets. Most of the early user reviews praise the app's simplicity.

From a mobile user's perspective, the only option is to either pay the monthly subscription or maybe jump over to a rival subscription service such as Apple Music. An app that's all about easy, quick listening seems particularly built to woo Pandora's millions of free users who want a convenient, lean-back experience with little user input required.

According to The Next Web, the app provides a plethora of playlists including users' very own Discover Weekly.

You need a Spotify account to sign in to the app after which it automatically plays genre-based radio stations like "jazz" or "indie".




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.

Strangely whether you're a free listener or a Premium subscriber you won't be able to skip tracks, so whatever you're streaming you have to commit or find a new playlist. Spotify says that Stations starts playing as soon as it's opened, and all playlists are displayed in a large font.

It also appears to offer personalised playlists that they will be constructed from a users listening habits.

The app will apparently learn by watching what you listen to, with the description stating "As you listen, it learns what you like and creates personalised stations that you'll love" - sounds interesting.

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