Spotify experiments with Pandora-like playlists app

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Spotify Tests Free Stations App for Leanback Listening

"With Stations, you can listen immediately, and switching stations is simple and seamless- no searching or typing needed".

Spotify is clearly focusing on ease of use with Stations as the app will automatically begin playing music when you open it and create playlists tailored to your tastes based on the songs you've "liked" in the past.

"Stations is the easiest way to listen to the music you love".

The idea behind the app is simple: it can be hard to figure out what you want to listen to sometimes, so the Stations app helps you get around that by providing you with a bunch of different stations personalised to your taste.

With the new Spotify app for iMessage, you can easily share tracks with friends, without leaving the chat app.

In the app description, Spotify explained that like its core service, Stations will offer some personalization element as users listen to their favorite music.

While we can see the listing on Google Play on a browser, we can confirm that it's not compatible with our Android devices, including a flagship phone (Galaxy S8).

As part of moves to remain competitive, Spotify launched a version of its app for iMessage in September. The app is now in testing and according to The Verge is only available in Australia.

An app that focuses on leanback listening via personalized radio stations: That approach seems very reminiscent to Pandora's original streaming service. Most of the early user reviews praise the app's simplicity.

The app, which is now only available in Australia, works a lot like Spotify's own Radio Stations found in the core Spotify app and repackaged in a free, new box.

The app features an incredibly simple user interface with the playlists listed in big, bold text and a scroll down menu taking up the top 80% of the screen so you can simply scroll through playlists and stations to find one to play.

We have reached out to Spotify and will update this article if we hear back.

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