Spotify Stations, the streaming service’s lightweight listening app that offers easy access to curated playlists, will be shutting down on May 16. The company told TechCrunch that the app and web player will no longer be available after this date. The Stations app was originally designed for those who want a more radio-like experience, rather than having to search for music or customize their own playlists. Spotify Stations first launched in Australia in 2018 and later launched in the United States in 2019.
“At Spotify, we routinely conduct a series of experiments to create better listening experiences for our users,” a Spotify spokesperson said in a statement to TechCrunch. “Some of that testing ends up paving the way for our broader user experience and some just serves as important learning. Our Spotify Stations Beta was one of those tests. We will be retiring the current feature, but users will be able to easily transfer their favorite stations and enjoy a similar radio experience directly within the Spotify app.”
Spotify has not explained the reason for its decision to close stations, but notes that users can move all of their favorite stations to the main Spotify app to continue listening to them. The company says that while it doesn’t take dying services lightly, Spotify Radio provides a similar listening experience to stations so listeners can use that instead. Spotify Radio is a feature of the main app that creates a playlist based on any song, album, playlist, or artist you select.
Spotify Stations has been considered an experiment by Spotify, and by some others, a Pandora copycat due to its support for instant music playback at launch. Spotify Stations appeals to those who prefer a simpler user interface, as the look and feel of Spotify’s flagship app isn’t something everyone likes. The app provided a minimalist listening experience that seems to have appealed to some users.
As of Friday morning, the Stations app has disappeared from both the iOS app store and the Google Play store, but the app itself appears to be functional for now to allow current users to move their stations to the main app. .
The news comes as Spotify has been making some changes to its apps. Last month, Spotify announced that it will integrate the live audio capabilities of its companion app, Spotify Greenroom, within the main Spotify streaming app. Greenroom will also change its name to “Spotify Live” as part of these changes. At launch, the main Spotify app will only feature live content from select original programming, while the standalone Spotify Live app will continue to let independent creators go live.