Spotify to shut down its radio-like listening app stations on May 16. The company has confirmed that its light listening app Spotify Stations will no longer be available from mid-May.
The Stations app was originally designed for people who want a more radio-like experience rather than searching for music or customizing their playlists. Spotify Stations was first launched in Australia in 2018 and later rolled out in the US in 2019.
“At Spotify, we regularly conduct many experiments to create a better listening experience for our users,” a spokesperson said in a statement to TechCrunch.
“Some of those tests pave the way for our comprehensive user experience and others serve only as an important learning curve. Our Spotify Station beta was one of those tests. We will be rolling out 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,” the spokesperson said.
Spotify hasn’t elaborated on the reason behind its decision to shut down the stations, but has noted that users can continue to listen to all of their favorite stations on the main Spotify app.
The company said that although it doesn’t take Sunset services lightly, Spotify offers a similar listening experience to radio stations so listeners can use that instead. Spotify Radio is a feature in the main app that creates a playlist based on any song, album, playlist, or artist you choose.
Meanwhile, Spotify finally stepped into the metaverse by announcing it would bring its own island to Roblox called Spotify Island. This virtual space will allow players to create music, play games and interact with virtual artists. Spotify describes the island as “a paradise of sound where fans and artists from all over the world can hang out and explore a wonderful land of sounds, discoveries and exclusive merch.”
Spotify Island features the Spotify branding and features lots of green landscapes as well as heart-shaped “Like” icons that players can collect and purchase virtual merchandise from their favorite music artists. According to the music-streaming platform, exclusive in-game virtual merch will allow artists to connect with their fans and earn money. A percentage of the sales made will go to the artists.
(With inputs from IANS)
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