On May 5, Spotify Stations announced that the beta app will be shutting down.
Just a little over a year ago, Spotify announced Stations, the app that “gets you music instantly — no searching or typing needed.” Similar to Pandora, Stations was a music suggestion app. It allowed to you search any artist, genre, or song to create a Station and receive music similar to your search.
Now Spotify has announced that they have chosen to not extend the app’s rollout experience.
Interestingly enough, in September of 2021, I put together a case study around Apple Music’s Stations feature. I felt the feature, with similar functionality as Spotify’s Stations app, needed to be built out. I thought this was a feature people loved.
Now seeing the Stations app be shut down makes me question: How do music listeners want to receive suggestions? If it’s not this Pandora-like feature, what is is?
Spotify reports, “We routinely conduct a number of experiments to create better listening experiences. Some of those tests end up paving the way for broader user experiences…” While it’s unclear what new experiences Spotify has in store, they are urging users to move their Stations over to the main Spotify app.
Users will have until May 16th to use Stations before it is gone for good!