Apple Watch owners who prefer Spotify over Apple Music finally have an alternative. After a long wait, Spotify has updated its iOS app to add support for Apple's wearable, allowing its users to. To receive the new app, Apple Watch users will need the latest version of Spotify (v.8.4.79) from the App Store. Spotify says the new experience is rolling out over the coming week, so it may take. On 31 January 2018, Spotify started testing a new Pandora-styled standalone app called Stations by Spotify for Australian Android users. It features 62 music channels, each devoted to a particular genre. Spotify itself has two channels named after its playlists that link directly to the users' profile: 'Release Radar' and 'Discover Weekly'.
More than a year after Spotify brought developer Andrew Chang on board to develop an official Apple Watch app, and just a few days after Spotify released a limited test of an Apple Watch app, the real thing is finally here. And while the functionality is pretty basic for the moment, the release is almost as exciting for the features that aren’t yet here but while be soon as for the fact that the app has finally been released at all.
Among the highlights: “Ready to start your run? Hit play from your Apple Watch without having to wrangle your phone out of its running case,” Spotify explains in its announcement. “Running into a friend as you head into the grocery store? Tap pause to grab a cart and a chat. Not feeling a slow song during your birthday party? Skipping to the track that matches your mood and activity is now as easy as checking your notifications. Or, while listening to your favorite podcast, easily rewind 15 seconds to catch that detail you missed. It’s all right there on the watch face.”
In addition to giving you useful playback controls, the new app also lets you connect to music speakers via Spotify Connect. To get the app, you need to make sure you’re on the most recent version of Spotify’s iOS app (8.4.79), and Apple Watch users will start getting the app over the coming week.
Spotify’s announcement also teases “many exciting things coming” to the app, including the ability to listen to music and podcasts offline. That, argues Engadget, could be the best thing about it: “While Apple Music still tends to be the best option for offline audio on the smartwatch (in no small part due to its tight integration), that could change if Spotify could provide your gym soundtrack without much fuss. There just isn’t much competition on the Apple Watch, and Spotify could provide some real choice for people who’d rather not switch services just to put tunes on their wrists.”
For now, reviews of the new Apple Watch app are somewhat mixed, with some reviewers and users seeing this as basically a remote control for the app and little else. A CNET headline, for example, complained that the new app lets you play and rewind music, pause tracks, and that’s about it.
Apple Watch users will now be able to play music on Spotify directly from Watch app without connecting to an iPhone, according to a report on Engadget. We can see the feature live on our Apple Watch Series 3, though the Spotify app on the watch does say it is still in beta.
The new feature ensures a lot more functionality for the Spotify app on Apple Watch as users can now rely on the WiFi or the cellular connectivity of the Watch to stream music or podcasts. It will likely see a broader rollout soon, so not everyone will see it given the beta status.
The company also confirmed the same in a statement to Engadget, saying that after an initial testing period they are rolling out streaming capabilities to the Apple Watch app.
Earlier the Spotify app on the Apple Watch app could be used to control music on the AirPods or the iPhone, but it also meant that the app was running on the iPhones and you needed your phone to be close by. Now if you choose the Apple Watch as an option, you don’t have to worry about the Spotify app on the iPhone. Users can now see their favourite playlists, most recent playlists all on the Apple Watch app itself.
The new functionality means that even if the iPhone is another room or a different part of the house, you will be able to control your music straight from the Watch as long as it has internet connectivity.
How to use Spotify app to control music directly on Apple Watch
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First make sure the Spotify app is installed on your Apple Watch. If not, go to the Watch app on your iPhone and scroll for the Spotify app for the Watch and hit install.
When you open the Spotify app on your Apple Watch, you will see an option saying you can now control the app straight from the wearable. Keep in mind that more and more users are seeing this feature, though it is still in beta. If you don’t see it immediately don’t worry, it might roll out in sometime for you.
If you see the option to control Spotify from the Apple Watch is live, just tap on the Let’s Go option on the notification. Now when you play music, you will see a Watch symbol which will control and play music from the device.
You will be able to listen to music from the Watch itself via your connected Bluetooth headphone or speakers. For example, if you have AirPods, the Watch will prompt you to play the music on them. If no speaker or headphones are connected, the Watch will ask you to connect a device to it, where Spotify can stream the music.
Let us know if you have tried out the feature on your Apple Watch.
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