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 2018-11-10
Marked as a new idea and edited the title slightly :)
I've already enrolled in Apple Music's one month free trial due to the lack of this feature. Please make it happen asap or give an indication of when it might happen...
Probably should go on its own thread, but PLEASE add this for WearOS too!!! (Adding to this thread since it is relevant and it seems to already have a lot of momentum) It would be incredible for me to download all or some of the music I listen to my watch so I don't have to always have my phone when exercising. I don't care if it has to be a reduced sound quality due to storage constraints, but I hate that the app is basically just a glorified remote control.
Oh man, what's up with this!? This is just basic stuff, that's the only reason I want Spotify on my watch (run without phone while listening to offline music). Come on!
Go Go Go Go Go!
We are still wating this... :(
This was a deal breaker for me! I cancelled my premium membership and switched to Apple Music so I can workout without my phone being in range of my watch, but would definitely switch back if Spotify allowed us to listen offline on the watch. Just sayin'!
To give Spotify some credit, it took them a while to release the Watch app in the first place, but they were working on it and they did release it. I think it's premature to state that Spotify doesn't care about streaming and offline download support.
They likely have several priorities and the Apple Watch has limited APIs around offline downloads (from what I've read from WatchOS app developers) such that there are some technical challenges around making a decent user experience for offline downloads. I'm not as familliar with the streaming APIs (streaming is more important to me, but I'm not as familiar with how WatchOS app devs feel about the capabilities Apple offers there). Given that it may be technically challenging and given that Spotify likely has several priorities and projects going on at once, I suspect they are working on this, but it will take a significant amount of time (much like their v1 of the Watch app).
What would be nice would be an update from Spotify confirming that they are working on these two features. They haven't been great about communication on this app. The fact that this is still listed as "New Idea" indicates they haven't decided not to do this work, at the very least.I'm hopeful the app gets updated to support streaming and to support offline downloads, and I'm also furstrated by the wait. Despite that frustration, I do think it's reasonable to assume Spotify does care but perhaps there are other things at play (including work they deem as higher priority).
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