What you need to know

  • Stations is a radio app designed with simplicity in mind.
  • You need a Spotify account, though users can listen for free with ads.
  • You don't need to install the main Spotify app to use Stations.

Spotify is one of the most popular music-streaming platforms around, and while its main app is great for music lovers who like to amass a library of go-to songs and artists and download entire playlists for offline playback, it's a bit much for casual listeners that simply want to pick a genre and get a radio-like experience.

Today, Spotify is launching its secondary app Stations in the U.S. for both Android and iOS. This service isn't entirely new; Stations initially launched exclusively in Australia early last year. It's essentially a lighter version of the regular Spotify app that lets you choose genres and radio stations, rather than specific artists.

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The idea is to get you to your music with as few steps as possible. You can fine-tune stations at any time, with the option to rename a station and add or remove artists, but similar to services like Rdio and Pandora, you don't need to seek out entire albums or build out a library.

You'll need a Spotify account to use Stations, but just like the main Spotify app, you don't need to be a paid user. Free users can still create, customize, and listen to stations with the occasional ad, while Spotify Premium users can listen ad-free.

Spotify: Everything you need to know