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Spotify Experimenting With New Pandora-Inspired Streaming App

Spotify Experimenting With New Pandora-Inspired Streaming App

"With Stations, you can listen immediately, and switching stations is simple and seamless - no searching or typing needed", according to the description of the app on Google Play Music.

For those who can try Stations, it's designed around big font and individual playlists, all created to build around your preferences without any real user interaction beyond select the playlist.

Spotify has launched a new app named Stations which is now available only in Australia but is expected to be rolled out to all regions soon.

The app is only available for Android devices right now and it's unclear if Spotify will expand the experiment to iOS devices as well. The app is now an Android exclusive and, at least at the time of publication, appears to still only be available in Australia.

The renders also show a very simple but colourful user interface that's quite a departure from the predominately black and white interface of the standard Spotify app on Android.

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But there's also a free tier that lets you pick the artist you want to listen to, but only on shuffle mode - and with ads. However, you can't skip songs or create brand new stations.

You can scroll through stations like Classic R&B, Indie, Folk, Acoustic Hits, Feel Good, Workout, Roadtrip, and Jazz to pick whatever you're in the mood for.

Considering the fact that the app faces some strong rivalry from other streaming services like Pandora, Stations seem to be a viable alternative and will provide a more streamlined experience.

The company calls Stations an "experiment" that will help people "listen to great music".

As part of moves to remain competitive, Spotify launched a version of its app for iMessage in September. However, you may now need to do that if you already have your settings configured to automatically enable all new iMessage apps by default-and in that case, you can start using the app.