Wednesday October 05, 2022

Spotify will close its radio-like listening app Stations by May 16th

Spotify has been running an experiment with Stations since 2018, which is a lightweight app that is available for both free and paid subscribers. Spotify launched an iOS version in 2019 after its initial launch overseas with an Android version. It also opened it up to US users. 9to5Google reports that Spotify has begun notifying users that the app will be closing down on May 16th.
Stations users can visit the site to transfer their favorite curated lists to the main Spotify app. This includes the following message:
Stations will be closing on May 16th. Stations will close. However, you can still use Spotify by logging into your Stations account. Discover playlists that are made just for you, as well as millions of songs and podcasts.
The Stations gimmick was the fact that it played as soon as you opened it. Users could swap between stations/playlists, but there was no way for users to select specific tracks or artists. Returning to a station would begin exactly where it left off. There were a variety of presets available, as well as some that you could create by selecting your favorite artists from a list. The app would then attempt to personalize the experience over time.
Spotify stated in a statement to TechCrunch that some of its projects “end up paving the path for our broader users experience while others serve only as an essential learning.” One of those was Spotify Stations Beta. The current feature will be discontinued, but users will still be able to transfer their favorite stations and have a similar radio experience within Spotify.
If you have been following the Stations feature, you might notice a better Spotify Radio experience within Spotify Radio. This includes personalized radio stations, news and music playlists for drivers, as well as personalized radio stations. TechCrunch reports that Spotify has rebranded its live audio platform from Greenroom, to Spotify Live. The main app will now include the features of Spotify Live while leaving a standalone version.

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