Spotify Brings Pandora-Like Stations App to the US After Extended Testing in Australia

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Spotify has brought its experimental Stations app to the U.S. after over a year of testing iOS and Android versions exclusively in Australia.


    Designed to let Spotify account holders stream free music from curated, radio-like stations, the app has similarities with Pandora, offering personalized stations or playlists based on the user's Spotify history.

    Music starts playing as soon as the app is launched, and then users can choose from a list of several preset stations. Like in Spotify proper, premium subscribers get unlimited skips and ad-free listening, while non-paying listeners can use the free ad-supported version which comes with limited skips.

    The success of the Stations app in Australia hasn't been disclosed, but presumably it's done well enough for Spotify to extend testing to the U.S. where the majority of its subscribers reside.
    Aside from the personalized content, the Stations app also serves popular playlists from the main Spotify platform, including Discover Weekly, Favorites, and Release Radar.

    Stations is a free download for iPhone and iPad available from the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Spotify Brings Pandora-Like Stations App to the US After Extended Testing in Australia
  2. FontGeek macrumors newbie


    Sep 15, 2018
    This is exactly the type of article that I was looking forward to the day after WWDC.

    In all honesty though, it does seem to be a news-worthy update. Thank you MacRumors for your ongoing reporting!
  3. NutFlush920 macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2011
    Could finally be a way to ditch SiriusXM. I just like picking a station and letting whatever is playing play.
  4. TVGenius macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2003
    Yuma, AZ
    So, what Slacker (now LiveXLive) has been doing since 2008... OK, cool.
  5. BWhaler macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2003
    Serious question: how is this different than what they do today?
  6. OVERTASK macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2013
    Just played around with stations for a bit

    You can add similar artists into stations, but it will auto suggest similar artists, you can choose up to 20. There is also an option to play similar artists in addition to those chosen or not.

    All in all, not different from the underlying tech stand-point, but the UI/UX is more focused towards continuous discovery, mixing and matching, normal Spotify is quite restrictive in that regard. While I think it is a step in the right direction, the algos anecdotally seem less accurate in selections compared to others.
  7. iBreatheApple macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2011
    I’m confused as to how this is different from the current create-station-from-song feature, except that it’s created from a theme or genre rather than a specific song or album.
  8. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    I'm not sure that another app was needed for this. I played around with the app and like some others mentioned, I'm still not sure I understand what I can't do in the main Spotify app that I can do in the Stations app. Just seems like a overlap to me.
  9. achappy macrumors member


    Oct 26, 2017

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