Spotify Tests Free Stations App for Leanback Listening

Posted February 03, 2018

"With Stations, you can listen immediately, and switching stations is simple and seamless - no searching or typing needed", according to the description of the app on Google Play Music.

Described as an "experiment" by Spotify, the Stations app looks to offer pre-made playlists the music streaming firm is calling "stations" with titles such as Indie, Folk, Feel Good and Workout.

The app is only available for Android devices right now and it's unclear if Spotify will expand the experiment to iOS devices as well.

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

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. Both free and premium users of Spotify can use Stations, although free users will have to listen to ads.

Whichever station you're on at that moment will begin playing straight away. However, you can't skip songs or create brand new stations.

However, while the Stations app is now listed in the Google Play Store, it's not available to Android phones outside of Australia. All you do is download the app and start listening to your favorite stations for free.

You'll instead have to rely on the app's ability to automatically generate new playlists based on your musical tastes. Spotify haven't commented on the app yet.

With Spotify for Artists, artists on the platform will be able to track their new music as it goes live, learn more about their listeners, and manage their presence on Spotify.

Spotify is testing an app that sees it move firmly into Pandora's territory.