A few years ago, Spotify opened a second application that offered an experience around “radio” stations. Now, Spotify stations will close later this month.
Announced in an email to select subscribers, Spotify Stations will be shutting down on May 16, 2022. The app will shut down both on its mobile apps and on the web. Technically, Stations has been in beta this whole time, with a slow rollout in Spotify-supported regions. The app originally launched in Australia in early 2018 before expanding to other regions a year later.
Stations was a radio-focused experience that differed primarily in its interface. Instead of having a library of songs or artists, users are presented with a list of radio stations. These stations play automatically and you can scroll to another at any time. When you return to a previous station, it picks up where you left off.
As posted by Jared Newman on Twitterthe email sent to Stations users states:
First of all, we want to thank you for being a user of Spotify Stations, the beta app we tested. We have decided not to extend the deployment of this experience, and we would like to inform you that as of May 16, 2022, the Stations application and the web player will no longer be available. Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to listen to your favorite stations. In fact, by clicking here, you can easily move all your favorite stations to the main Spotify experience and continue listening.
Spotify doesn’t explain the reason for the station closures, but it does mention the ability to transfer existing stations to the standard Spotify experience for continued listening. On the Spotify Stations web app, the company says Stations never disappear and are available in the standard app. As of today, the web app is not functional and the mobile app is no longer available for installation on Android from the Play Store web interface. The app is still functional, however.
Spotify was able to provide the following comment to 9to5Google regarding the closure.
At Spotify, we regularly run a number of experiments to create better listening experiences for our users. Some of these tests end up paving the way for our broader user experience and others just serve as important learning. Our Spotify Stations Beta was one such test. We will be ending 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.
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