[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.


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Just realized that in wearOS Thread they are discussing the same as here.
For wear OS there is also no Offline Playback which makes me skeptical again if we are going to see a streaming/offline with watchOS 7 since it's seems not to be an apple exclusive "problem"


wow, honestly surprised that WearOS is also dealing with this. I thought it was only WatchOS and due to their beef with Apple. This news makes the update seem less likely to occur.


Either way, I've signed up for a 4 month free trial with Apple Music and I ran without my phone for the first time today and felt so much lighter (I was even able to take some minutes off my average run time)


By the time the free trial runs out, Watch OS 7 would have been out for about two months. If Spotify hasn't made any changes by then, I doubt they'll do it in 2021 either.


Spotify, I love you, but your goodwill is really running low due to your stubbornness 


I recently switch from Apple Music to Spotify when my Tesla started offering a Spotify app onboard... just bought my wife an AppleWatch for her birthday only to find out Spotify does not support the of use cellular or Wi-Fi streaming!! I have 10 days to return watch, she’s already asking me to! Or do I cancel my Spotify Family Plan and go back to Apple Music...the Tesla integration is only thing that differentiates Spotify for me and honestly is a weak app on the car at the moment with some bugs... happy wife who likes to run and not carry a clunky phone with her is more important so she has cellular on her wrist in case of emergency, but also the benefit of streaming music! Surprised it’s a big deal for you Spotify to add this?! I know Apple was not making it easy to start blocking API for third-party apps to use cellular or Wi-Fi streaming, but what is holding you back now?? About to cancel my Spotify account...back to AppleMusic which is catching up on Spotify features..


@sroberts221 You're making the wiser decision to get Apple Music instead of returning the Apple Watch. When Spotify comes to their senses, feel free to return. I know I will. But I won't stand for a company to withhold important features from us with no explanation. 


This is a terrible answer. Shame on you Spotify. I’m on the Apple Music trial, and it’s so much nicer because I can actually take music running. Apple Music let’s you do that. 
I’m going to vote with my wallet soon and for those of you reading this, I suggest you do the same 


Still can't believe, that Spotify does not compete with Apple Music on watchOS or Play Music on wearOS. Pandora, Audible and other apps seem to support streaming (Pandora) or offline playback (Audible) on the Apple Watch. At least sind watchOS 6.


And no comment or explanation on this topic either. Very disappointing.


What is the status?  I would love to listen on apple watch with cellular data WITHOUT having my phone nearby.


Switched to Apple Music, guys. Finally got so sick of Spotify not giving us any info on this issue. Overall Apple has a better selection than Spotify. Seems like a lot of the less known music I searched on spotify would often be blacked out and not available. Apple music almost always has what I'm looking for. That being said Apple's interface is surprisingly worse than Spotify. I switched from the desktop app to the web browser and that's better for desktop. The phone is fine but still not as smooth as spotify.


I used an app called SongShift to transfer my playlists and that has worked really really well. Easier than I thought it would be.


All and all I might still be a spotify user if they would've been transparent about this issue and communicated what's really going on. But as is I'm happy I switched. Won't be monitoring this thread any more. It's been a long few years of hoping. Best of luck to the rest of you.


Spotify, I give you until the release of the Apple Watch 6 to sort this out. If you haven’t enabled both offline listening and cellular streaming by then, it’ll be goodbye from me.


This needs to become a thing!