After four years of prolonged testing, Spotify has decided to shut down its Stations app in just a few short days. While Spotify is best known for the flagship Spotify app, that’s not the only application the company manages. Spotify also has the Spotify Live app, Spotify Kids, Spotify for Artists, Anchor, etc.
In 2018, Spotify launched a standalone app called ‘Spotify Stations.’ After a year of testing with users in Australia, Spotify Stations came to the United States and other markets in 2019. In short, Spotify Stations was Spotify’s way of competing with Pandora and other radio station-based apps. You opened Stations, logged in with your Spotify account, and could quickly jump back and forth between a variety of endless stations based on genres, moods, and artists.
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Fast forward to May 2022, and Stations’ time has come to an end. On May 5, 9to5Google reported on an email Spotify started sending to Stations users. Per the email, Spotify says it’s “decided to not extend the rollout of this experience, and we wish to inform you that as of May 16, 2022, the Stations app and web player will no longer be available.” A day later, Spotify confirmed Stations’ demise to TechCrunch.
Spotify Is Already Shutting Down The Stations App
Why is Spotify Stations shutting down? Spotify hasn’t offered a clear answer. Speaking to TechCrunch, a spokesperson from the company says, “At Spotify, we routinely conduct a number of experiments to create better listening experiences for our users. Some of those tests end up paving the way for our broader user experience and others serve only as an important learning. Our Spotify Stations Beta was one of those tests. We will be sunsetting the current feature.”
One possible reason could be feature overlap between Stations and the main Spotify app. Using its Spotify Radio feature, users can already create radio stations in the flagship Spotify app. Tap on a song, artist, or album, tap the three dots next to it, and tap ‘Go to Radio.’ While the core functionality is the same, it doesn’t replicate the simplicity that made Stations stand out. The Spotify app has been bloated for a long time. From playlists, albums, podcasts, the library page, etc., there’s a lot happening every time you open the app. Spotify Stations was unique because of how minimalistic the experience was. You opened the Stations app, picked a station to listen to, and that was it.
Unfortunately, Spotify’s already begun taking Stations offline. The Spotify Stations app has been removed from the App Store and Play Store on iOS and Android, respectively. Furthermore, visiting the Spotify Stations website displays a message prompting users to transfer their stations to the regular Spotify site. You should be able to keep using the Stations app if it’s already on your phone, but once May 16 rolls around, it’ll be gone for good.