The new Spotify app is called Stations and doesn’t require a subscription.

By Sarah Yang
January 31, 2018
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Spotify is introducing yet another way to stream your favorite music and discover amazing new artists. The popular music streaming service just rolled out a new app for Android devices on Google Play called Stations. Best of all? It doesn’t require a Spotify Premium subscription.

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So what’s the difference between the new Stations app and the regular Spotify app? The new app lets you choose a “station,” which is basically a curated playlist of songs in that genre. You can’t choose the songs on the playlist as the app will automatically play them for you—imagine something like an iPod Shuffle device or even streaming music rival Pandora (which has stations curated by genres, artists, and even users’ preferences).

The app’s description reads: “When you have access to all the music in the world, finding the right thing to play can feel like a challenge. With Stations, you can listen immediately, and switching stations is simple and seamless--no searching or typing needed. As you listen, it learns what you like and creates personalized stations that you’ll love.”

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From the images on the app’s Google Play page, stations include classic R&B, indie, folk, “Feel Good,” “Work Out,” and Jazz. It also seems to include the popular curated playlists on the regular Spotify app like “Discover Weekly,” and “Today’s Top Hits.”

Currently it’s available on select Android devices, and according to numerous sources, it’s only being offered in Australia right now.