Spotify’s New App, Recycled Pandora

Spotify launched a new app last week in the Google Play Store. The premise? Not so new.

“When you have access to all the music in the world, finding the right thing to play can feel like a challenge,” the listing on Google Play reads. The app, called Stations, offers playlists by mood and allows listeners to like songs to unlock similar artists. If that sounds familiar, that’s because Pandora has been doing it for 18 years.

According to CNBC, Spotify’s annual financial l report, listed last fall, admits the truth about the company. They’re making money, but not as much as one might think. But they are growing. This may be an attempt at giving the company a stronger income.

Currently, the app is only available in Australia, and Aussies haven’t been to kind. As of Saturday it holds a 3.2 rating in the Google Play Store. “A long way to go before it’s comparable to Pandora. Can’t skip forward, can’t dislike and can’t choose artists. How will it learn? Might as well just continue with trying to make Spotify better,” commented Heather Montgomery.

Pandora and Spotify have been rivals for as long as Spotify has been around. The apps compete for musical domination. As of their last quarterly report, Pandora isn’t really doing so well. They don’t have many losses, but their income is less than a million. Could Spotify be trying to push them out for once and for all?

People around the internet aren’t exactly excited about the new app. It’s been called a “copy-cat” and a ripoff. In truth, it doesn’t offer much more than the original Spotify App. Listeners can’t pick artists, just moods.

It may be an attempt to up their game, but it’s lost in the airwaves. Spotify needs new ideas, not recycled ones. Will it be popular? Probably not, but we’ll see. Will they be sued by Pandora? You tell us:

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