Spotify Retiring the Spotify Stations Apps On May 16

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On May 16, Spotify Stations, the streaming service’s lightweight listening app that provides simple access to curated playlists, is retiring. According to the company, users cannot access the app and web player after this date. Instead of having to search for music or create their own playlists; the Stations app was created for individuals who desire a more radio-like experience. Spotify Stations first debuted in Australia in 2018 and then expanded to the US in 2019.

“We constantly do a lot of experiments at Spotify to offer better listening experiences for our users,” a Spotify spokesman told. “Some of those experiments pave the route for our broader user experience; while others serve just as valuable learning opportunities.” One of these trials was the Spotify Stations Beta. The existing service will be retired. However, users can effortlessly move their favorite stations to the Spotify app and enjoy a comparable radio experience.”

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Spotify didn’t reveal the reason for shutting down the Spotify Stations app

Spotify hasn’t given an explanation for why the Stations app is retiring. However, it does say that users can relocate all of their favorite stations to the main Spotify app to keep listening to them. While the firm does not take shutting down services lightly; it claims that Spotify Radio offers a similar listening experience to Stations; listeners can utilize it instead. Spotify Radio is a function in the main app that automatically builds a playlist based on any song, album, playlist, or artist you choose.

Spotify Stations was first viewed as an experiment by Spotify and some others; as well as a Pandora knockoff, due to its support for instant music streaming. Spotify Stations appeals to people who prefer a simpler user interface, as the appearance and feel of Spotify’s flagship app isn’t for everyone. The app offered a basic listening experience that some users seemed to enjoy.

What’s more, the Stations app has vanished from both the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store as of Friday morning. However, it appears to be working for the time being to allow current users to switch their stations to the main app.

The announcement comes as Spotify makes modifications to its apps. Spotify said last month that the live audio features of its companion app, Spotify Greenroom, would be integrated into the main Spotify streaming app. As part of these modifications, Greenroom will be renamed “Spotify Live”. The standalone Spotify Live app will continue to allow independent creators to go live; while Spotify’s main app will only show live content from select original programming at launch.

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