Spotify has begun informing users of its standalone Spotify Stations app that the service will be shut down on May 16. The app’s mobile and online versions will be deactivated.
Spotify’s standalone Stations app (available on iOS and Android) was designed as a radio-centric experience, with a unique UI and the ability to listen to a wide range of radio stations. Stations intended to create a community around the radio listening experience rather than a database of music and albums for diverse artists.
Since 2018, the Stations app has been in beta testing. It was first only available in Australia, but a year later it was released in the United States. Users could not only browse a list of radio stations, but they could also create their own personalised stations with music they liked.
Users could simply look for stations organised by genres like rock, pop, and electronic using a unique interface that required no typing or searching.
In a statement shared by Spotify said, “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, but users will be able to easily transfer their favourite stations and enjoy a similar radio experience directly within the Spotify app.”
Spotify holds the maximum share in the music market worldwide. In India, Times Internet’s Gaana, Reliance Industries-owned JioSaavn, YouTube Music, Amazon Prime Music, Bytedance’s Resso, and Hungama are the major competitors of Spotify.. With approximately 185 million monthly users, Gaana ranks first (July 2021) in the Indian Market of online music platforms.