Spotify Debuts Pandora Challenger Spotify Sessions In The US

Posted: Jun 5 2019, 7:11am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Spotify debuts Pandora challenger ‘Spotify Sessions’ in the US
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The new app is currently free for download on the App Store and Google Play.

Music streaming giant Spotify has officially launched its new instant music app in the U.S. that somewhat mirrors the offering of its rival Pandora.

Spotify Stations, now available on Apple’s App Store and on Google Play instantly plays any playlist according to the user’s preferred music genre or artist.

According to Spotify’s listing on the App Store, users can access the app for free. The company’s existing namesake app also allows limited access to users who opt not to sign up to the $9.99 Spotify Premium.

“With the world’s music at your fingertips, finding the right thing to play can feel like a challenge. Stations gets you to music instantly—no searching or typing needed,” the company said in its app listing for Spotify Sessions.

Spotify stressed in the listing that Stations is an experiment by the company, adding: “we’re always looking for ways to make it better.”

The company seems to be caught up with a lot of experiments recently. Earlier, I4U reported about a trial run of a new shared playlist feature, dubbed “Social Listening,” which would allow users to add songs to a single playlist and listen to them on different devices.

However, a number of sources have pointed out that Spotify’s new lab project is seemingly close to Pandora. The latter offers automated music recommendations according to a user’s response to suggested songs. Just like Spotify, Pandora also offers free music with advertisements, as well as a paid subscription that features improved sound quality and offline listening.

In an interview with Engadget, a Spotify spokesperson said: “At Spotify, 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. Spotify Stations is one of those tests,” the spokesperson added.

The rollout in the U.S. follows Spotify Sessions’ pilot testing in Australia.

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