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Apple Watch: Offline Listening
watchOS 5 should allow Spotify to develop an app that allows offline listening and streaming via cellular data.
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Updated on 2019-09-18
Hey folks,We wanted to post an update as a lot of you have added your votes to this idea.
We’re always working on improving the Spotify experience across platforms, but we’re afraid we don’t have any further information to share at the moment.
We typically don't announce integrations with third parties in advance. The best place to keep an eye on is on the Spotify Newsroom blog for updates about any partnerships.
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I have just subscribed last week to Apple Music, will test it for a few weeks and then if happy, I will drop Spotify (assuming they don't do anything on their side to solve this problem).
So far apple music is working really good on the apple watch with my air pods when I go for a run!
This is not a vague hope. The developer was getting ready to release this as a third party app. Beta Testers had copies already in test but Spotify Legal got involved. From the sounds of it, the app has been acquired and this will make it even better now that the developer will have access to the special Spotify API's.
You can see what it looks like here.
9to5 Mac did a hands-on demo already. So this is a real and should be coming soon.
I accepted it as a solution because this is the real thing coming from Spotify and not a vague hope.
I know this isnt a perfect solution, but if you are listening to Spotify on your Mac/PC and you want to control it from your Apple Watch at first you cannot control the music from your watch.
What you need to do is open Spotify on your phone and choose the option "Devices Avaliable" and hit "Continue" to continue listening on your Mac/PC.
This will let you have all the functions of the music control app on the Apple watch app.
One of my favorite features of this, is the ability to use the dial on the watch for volume control.
Devices: Apple Watch 42mm Series 1 WatchOS 3.2, iPhone 6S Plus 64GB Gold iOS 10.3.1, MacBook Pro Retina (15-inch, Mid 2012) i7 16GB Ram, 512 SSD, Nvidia 650M MacOS 10.12.4, iCloud: iOS Developer Account
With all due respect:
A solution should not be accepted until you can download an app for the AW and you can save songs to the watch's memory so you can listen to them without your phone being close. Unless it is an official announcement (like in Spotify's blog) with a concrete date, this is just a tease. Right now trying Apple Music until you fix this or I decide to switch to them.