Besides podcasts, things for your car and annual listening recaps Spotify has been running another experiment since 2018 with stations a lightweight app available for free and paid subscribers.
After its initial debut overseas with an android version, Spotify launched an IOS version of the app in 2019 and opened it up to users in the US. However, now the test is over and 9 to 5 google reports Spotify has started notifying users that the app will shut down on May 16th.
The station was that it started playing as soon as you opened the app and while users could swap across their preferred station’s playlist there was no way to pick specific tracks or artists and returning to a station would start right where it left off. The available stations included a number of presets and some you could create by picking your favorite artists from a list and it would attempt to personalize the experience for u over time.
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In a statement given to tech crunch, Spotify said of its various projects some of those tests end up paving the way for our broader users experience and other services only as an important learning. Our Spotify stations beta was one of those tests. We will be able to easily transfer their favorite stations and enjoy a similar radio experience directly with in the spotify.