The company describes Stations as an "experiment", so it depends on this test whether or not the app will be released for everyone. An app that's all about easy, quick listening seems particularly built to woo Pandora's millions of free users who want a convenient, lean-back experience with little user input required. The app, dubbed Stations, lets users stream curated music stations without much manual intervention - and without having to pay for a Spotify Premium subscription.
The app appears to be a streamlined, though somewhat watered-down version of Pandora. "Stations is an experiment by Spotify that makes it easy for anyone to listen to great music". Even though news of Stations has been making the rounds today, the Play Store says that the app only has 50-100 downloads at the time of this writing.
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Spotify has now described the app to Variety as an experiment and may either release it wider or incorporate the lessons learned from this in its mainstream app. The popular music streaming service just rolled out a new app for Android devices on Google Play called Stations.
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The app's description reads: "When you have access to all the music in the world, finding the right thing to play can feel like a challenge". It also employs a bit of AI as the more you use it and listen to stations, the more it will understand what you like and eventually create personalized stations for you.
Despite having nearly all the music in the world at your hands with streaming services like Spotify, it can sometimes be too overwhelming that you can't decide what to listen to.
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