Spotify is testing a new app that's just for listening to playlists

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You switch between them by scrolling; Spotify specifically calls out that no typing or searching is necessary to use Stations. After a while, the app does begin to learn what you like and suggests playlists but it gives you absolutely no freedom to choose your own music and search for songs. An app that's all about easy, quick listening seems particularly built to woo Pandora's millions of free users who want a convenient, lean-back experience with little user input required.

The experimental app, which Spotify quietly released on Tuesday and was first noticed by app analytics firm Sensor Tower, features a simple interface that aims to make it easy to start streaming whatever type of music you're feeling at the moment.

Spotify is well known for its wide variety of playlists, but now the company has launched a new, standalone app that relies exclusively on the curated content.

In the app description, Spotify explained that like its core service, Stations will offer some personalization element as users listen to their favorite music.

The app also includes the service's popular, individually personalized playlists such as Discover Weekly and Release Radar.

The app appears to be a streamlined, though somewhat watered-down version of Pandora.

Australian Android users can grab it from Google Play. The app is now in testing and according to The Verge is only available in Australia.

So far, users have given the beta app a 3.8 out 5 rating. However, several users have complained that there's no way to skip tracks. Spotify has not indicated if the app will be rolled out globally, and no word yet if the company has plans to extend it to other operating systems like iOS.

The app is available now in Google Play, and you won't need to pay for the Spotify Premium subscription to access the list of curated music stations.

We've asked Spotify about a United Kingdom launch, and will update this article with any response.



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