A second app for Spotify that offered a radio-based experience was released a few years back. Later this month, Spotify Stations will no longer be available.
The shutdown of Spotify Stations is scheduled for May 16, 2022, as stated in an email sent to some users. Both the web version of the software and its mobile apps will be discontinued. While slowly rolling out to Spotify’s supported territories, Stations has technically been in beta for the entire time. The app first debuted in Australia in early 2018 before being made available elsewhere a year later.
The radio-focused experience Stations set itself out primarily through its user interface. Users are given a list of radio stations rather than a library of songs or artists. You can scroll to another station at any time while these stations play automatically. It would pick up where you left off when you returned to a prior station.
The email issued to Stations users reads as follows, according to a post by Jared Newman on Twitter :
To start with, we want to thank you for using Spotify Stations, the beta version of the app we have been testing. The Stations app and online player will no longer be accessible as of May 16, 2022, since we have chosen not to extend the distribution of this experience. You can still tune in to your preferred channels, so don’t panic. You can really bring all of your favorite stations to the main Spotify experience and continue listening by selecting here .
The option to move existing stations to the core Spotify experience for continuous listening is mentioned by Spotify, albeit it does not provide an explanation for why Stations are being shut down. The business explains that stations are always accessible in the standard app and never disappear on the Spotify Stations web page ( app ). As of right now, neither the web app nor the mobile app may be downloaded via the interface for Android. However, the app is still usable.
In response to the shutdown, Spotify was able to give the following statement to 9to5Google.
At Spotify, we constantly carry out a variety of experiments to improve our users’ listening experiences. While some of those tests ultimately shape our users’ experiences in general, others just serve to teach us valuable lessons. One of such trials was our Spotify Stations Beta. The existing service will be discontinued, but users will be able to seamlessly transfer their favorite stations and get a comparable radio experience right inside the Spotify app in its place.
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