Spotify is testing out a new app that would compete with fellow music streaming company Pandora. The app called “Stations” was quietly released in Australia for Androids on Tuesday, according to The Daily Dot.
In the app, users can choose from curated music stations that provide a more simplified way of listening to music.
“When you have access to all the music in the world, finding the right thing to play can feel like a challenge," the app description reads. "With Stations, you can listen immediately, and switching stations is simple and seamless — no searching or typing needed.”
Like Spotify it's free, but only if you're cool with ads interrupting your music experience.
The app is currently only available in Australia, but can be found in the Google Play Store. It’s not downloadable for any devices in Europe or the U.S. The streaming service allows users to log in with their Spotify accounts and choose from radio stations organized by genre like "pop" or "folk," or by region like "U.S Top 100." Apparently you can add or delete playlists that exist, but can’t create new ones. Instead, the app generates new playlists based on your taste, kind of like Discover Weekly on Spotify.
Spotify hasn’t officially announced the new endeavor, so the company might still be working through some kinks before introducing the project to the public. In the Google Play Store, seven reviews on the app have already been shared. Several users have complained that you can’t skip tracks, while others praised the app's simplicity. At the time of this post, the app has been downloaded less than 100 times.