When I search for 'downtempo', it only shows albums, artists, and songs with the word 'downtempo'. How do I play music of the whole genre downtempo? The closest thing they have is playlists with the word 'downtempo' in it, but that is a fixed length playlist made by another user, and those playlists won't play on mobile. It just says "Cannot play station. Sorry this station cannot be started. Please try another one."

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According to Spotify Moderators, they removed the genre radio feature back in 2012.

I think the closest think you can do based on what you're asking is to search for your genre (i.e. Downtempo), find a playlist that has some songs you already know, and start a radio station based off of that playlist. You can also browse genre play lists by going to the "Browse" section.

  • You can't play a radio station based off a playlist. It says "Cannot play station. Sorry this station cannot be started. Please try another one."
    – Chloe
    Nov 12, 2015 at 20:56
  • I discovered you can use genre:downtempo and Enter to list thousands of songs in that genre, then play the songs with shuffle.
    – Chloe
    Nov 12, 2015 at 21:02
  • Are you using the Web Player or the Desktop App? Either way it lets me create a radio station based on a playlist. I'm not sure if this feature is changed based on your country though. Nov 12, 2015 at 22:45
  • Desktop App. Strange it's doing it now. I was going to capture a screen shot, and then it worked. I kind of like the genre:downtempo feature though. Lots of songs I've never heard!
    – Chloe
    Nov 12, 2015 at 23:01
  • Glad you found something that works! Nov 12, 2015 at 23:28

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