[iOS] Apple Watch: Spotify Streaming and Offline Listening

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.


Thanks for continuing to share your ideas!


I can only imagine that I speak for most Spotify users with Apple Watches who run that without this feature there is really no choice but to switch the Apple Music which has this feature (despite finding Spotify the superior product in every other way).


Offline playlists on Apple Watch would make a huge difference.  To go on a run with music, but not having to carry a phone, would appeal to many users.


**bleep** please implement this! I don’t want to take my phone to the gym when I own a perfectly capable cellular Apple Watch. 


I dont want to, but this is kinda forcing me to move to Apple Music ☹️


Spotify still didn't come up with a solution? Come on!

How is this still an issue?!

If all of my friends weren't using Spotify, the switch to Apple Music would be a no-brainer. Shame on you!

Casual Listener

Can we please have a comment on this? At least say it's under consideration, or that developing a new app for Apple Watch is not in the budget or not financially viable?


That way we can all stop complaining. Now we simply do not know what's going on. That uncertainty causes your userbase with an Apple Watch to try out competitors, please take that in consideration when discussing this internally.


I think I have to switch to Apple Music, because Spotify won't implement this....


Few weeks ago I started Apple Music 3-month trial. So far running with my Apple Watch with offline music. I don't like Apple Music so much, definitely prefer Spotify (especially because of the multi-platform support) but as I mostly listen to music on my phone (iPhone) and watch (Apple Watch), I guess ultimately switching to Apple Music and cancelling Spotify Premium will be the right way to go... let's see, if there is no update on Apple Watch offline play until September, I think I am switching - cannot imagine running without music anymore.

Not applicable

Got Apple Watch recently, thinking they have already implemented offline playback. What the **bleep** is wrong with them. Just pass the API and somehow we will come up with a solution on GitHUB. **bleep**.

So funny!

@user-removed wrote:

Got Apple Watch recently, thinking they have already implemented offline playback. What the **bleep** is wrong with them. Just pass the API and somehow we will come up with a solution on GitHUB. **bleep**.


There was a solution (it wasn't offline, but it did use the Spotify API to allow streaming from your watch).  


It was called Apollo and it was a long way from perfect - sometimes, when one song ends and another begins, it will freeze - like it's lost its network connection - and there seems to be no way round this apart from killing it and starting over.  But it does work - and even includes voice search (which isn't available on Spotify in my region).  


However Spotify told the developer who wrote it to make it unavailable almost immediately, saying the API wasn't intended for use on "other" devices and they were breaking the terms of service (I was lucky - I installed it before it was taken down and I've still got a copy on my watch).  


So we know it's possible, we know it's easy enough for a single developer working on their own to build a working system, we also know Spotify won't let that happen.