|Spotify's Stations let users dive into streaming instead of having to make their own playlists or stations or save their favorite music to the Spotify library / WDnet Creation via Shutterstock|
Audio streaming platform Spotify rolled out its lean-back listening app Stations on iOS almost a year and a half later after the instant app's market debut for Android users in Australia.
Stations, which is only available in Australia for iOS users, was dubbed as an "experiment," according to TechCrunch. The app lets users dive into streaming instead of having to make their own playlists or stations or save their favorite music to the Spotify library.
Unlike Spotify's main application, the lean-back app has a minimalist interface wherein playlists are shown with oversized fonts. Users can just scroll up and down between the playlists instead of typing in a search box or through voice commands.
TechCrunch says the app is mainly designed for people who want to have a more radio-like experience with less manual input. Its benefits for premium users are the same as Spotify's flagship app: premium users have unlimited skips and ad-free listening.
It adds that the current version of the Station app features a variety of playlists based on genre, decade, user activity, and more. But it does become more personalized the more it is used. It also offers users the ability to create their own stations by choosing from their favorite artists.
Moreover, the user—be it free or premium—"thumbs up and down" songs so that the app can create custom stations, which include a Discover Weekly playlist, Release Radar, and a Favorite playlist.
Since its debut in January 2018, Stations haven't made a lot of noise in the tech and music industry. Its limited release—for instance, never launching in the United States—may suggest that this experiment wasn't much of a success.
However, its launch on iOS could save Stations as it helps Spotify reach more users, allowing the audio streaming platform to learn and collect data from a bigger and more representative group of people, the tech news site says.
“At Spotify, we routinely conduct a number of tests in an effort to improve our user experience,” a company spokesperson said. They added that some of their tests ended up being avenues for wider user experience while others serve "only as an important learning."