Published: Thu, February 01, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

Spotify is testing a new app that's just for listening to playlists

Spotify is testing a new app that's just for listening to playlists

As TechCrunch reports, the app has very limited device compatibility (the S7 Edge, S8 and Google's Pixel phones were incompatible with the app) and seems to only be available to Australian users.

Spotify's own description of the app indicates that this is an experiment on the company's part, so there is no telling if Stations will see a wider launch outside of Australia.

The app doesn't require you to type anything, and you can scroll to change between stations. The popular streaming service claims the app, which it quietly released on Tuesday in Austrailia, is "the easiest way to listen to the music you love". "With Stations, you can listen immediately, and switching stations is simple and seamless - no searching or typing needed".

It also appears to offer personalised playlists that they will be constructed from a users listening habits.

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"When you have access to all the music in the world, finding the right thing to play can feel like a challenge", the says. Coincidentally, Pandora's latest apps also instantly begin music playback upon launch them, much like Stations promises to do. For now, it's only available in Australia. Users can customize their station list, but they can't skip songs or create brand-new stations. If the experiment does turn out to be successful, Spotify will likely end up incorporating it into its primary app on all platforms.

Users log in with a Spotify account and the app automatically plays genre-based radio stations like "jazz" or "indie".

When questioned about the app, Spotify simply told Variety that it's "testing new features all the time", declining to give any specific information about Stations itself.

We've asked Spotify about a United Kingdom launch, and will update this article with any response.

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