Spotify is testing a Pandora-esque standalone Android app


"When you have access to all the music in the world, finding the right thing to play can feel like a challenge", the app's description reads. You switch between them by scrolling; Spotify specifically calls out that no typing or searching is necessary to use Stations. "As you listen, it learns what you like and creates personalised stations that you'll love", Spotify noted in the app listing for Stations.

SPOTIFY is trialling a new mobile app that doesn't let you choose a song or artist - even if you pay for a subscription.

The Verge has reached out to Spotify for more details around Stations, including the obvious question of whether an iOS version is coming. Users need to have an active membership with Spotify to use the new Stations app though that happens to be the only requisite to have to get started with the app.

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.

Mashable reports that the ad-free app is created to help you get music on your speakers without breaking a sweat.

Australian Android users can grab it from Google Play. That said, if you want to participate in testing Stations, you may be out of luck.

Spotify is testing an app that sees it move firmly into Pandora's territory.

An app that focuses on leanback listening via personalized radio stations: That approach seems very reminiscent to Pandora's original streaming service. Though, this was done quietly and without raising much dust, many users will come to accept this as one of the best steps the company has taken in recent time. All you're able to do on the Stations app is pause, play and "love" a track.