In addition to podcasts, vehicle accessories and annual listening reports, Spotify has been experimenting since 2018 with Stations, a “lightweight” program available to free and paid customers.
After making its international debut with an Android version, Spotify launched an iOS version in 2019 and made it available to US consumers. The test is now complete and Spotify has started telling customers that the service will shut down on May 16.
If you’ve been using Stations, you can go to the website to transfer your favorite curated playlists to the regular Spotify app, which now displays the message:
The stations will close on May 16. The stations you created will disappear, but you can still enjoy Spotify by logging in with your Stations account. Discover playlists designed just for you, plus millions of songs and podcasts.
In a statement given to TechCrunch, Spotify said of its various projects: “Some of these tests end up paving the way for our broader user experience and some are just for important learning. Our Spotify Stations Beta was one such test.We will discontinue the current feature, but users will be able to easily transfer their favorite stations and enjoy a similar radio experience directly within the Spotify app.
The Stations gimmick was that it started playing as soon as you opened the app, and while users could swap their favorite stations/playlists, there was no way to choose specific tracks or artists, and returning to a station would start where it left off. The stations available included a number of presets and some you could create by choosing your favorite artists from a list, and it would attempt to personalize the experience for you over time.
If you’ve devoted yourself to the Stations feature, you might notice an improved Spotify Radio experience in the main app, which can now include custom radio stations as well as a news and music playlist for fans. drivers. As TechCrunch notes, Spotify last month announced a rebranding of its live audio platform from Greenroom to Spotify Live and will include its features in the main app while leaving a standalone app available.
Summary of news:
- On May 16, Spotify’s radio listening app stations will be decommissioned.
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