Spotify Tests a New Easy Playlist Listening App

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"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.

Spotify is clearly focusing on ease of use with Stations as the app will automatically begin playing music when you open it and create playlists tailored to your tastes based on the songs you've "liked" in the past.

Spotify has very quietly released a new standalone app for Android that's exclusively dedicated to quick, easy playlist and station listening.

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

The app, which is now only available in Australia, works a lot like Spotify's own Radio Stations found in the core Spotify app and repackaged in a free, new box.

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The core Spotify product is a subscription-based music, but there is a free version that lets users shuffle through playlists on mobile and is supported by advertising. Users need to have an active membership with Spotify to use the new Stations app though that happens to be the only requisite to have to get started with the app. The app is totally free according to the Google Play listing which was first spotted by Variety, and is being tested as an experiment here in Australia ahead of a broader launch. That said, if you want to participate in testing Stations, you may be out of luck.

Remember the good ol' days where the concept of "playlisting" didn't exist aside from the "Top Tracks 2012" playlist someone spent hours creating in iTunes?

You can scroll through stations like Classic R&B, Indie, Folk, Acoustic Hits, Feel Good, Workout, Roadtrip, and Jazz to pick whatever you're in the mood for.

In case you already have the Spotify app for iOS installed on your phone, you can simply switch on the new Spotify iMessage app from the iMessage App Store.


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