Spotify and Apple Watch

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Spotify and Apple Watch

AnGaeL
Casual Listener

Hi,

 

Recent Apple Watch buyer, and obviously disappointed with the app serving as nothing more than a remote to the iPhone.

 

Well aware of the idea linked below. However not updated since November last year and I feel Spotify owes some kind of a response to Watch owners.

https://community.spotify.com/t5/Live-Ideas/iOS-Apple-Watch-Spotify-Streaming-and-Offline-Listening/...

 

So, reality is, these are two separate items. First is streaming to watch and use headphones, second is offline playback.

Spotify, your turn. What is the latest on this? There is nothing from Apple, holding you back on doing any of these, and you owe an update to device owners on whether you are really coming there that is better than ‘coming soon’ for well over 4 months. Pandora has these FYI, no reason you should not.

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Guido
Spotify Legend

Hey @AnGaeL.

 

Thanks for getting in touch!

 

We are always looking for ways to improve the app. We're also aware of the over 3000 votes that the Idea you linked has.

 

We can't say if or when certain features will be released, but if you'd like to see Offline playback for the Apple Watch, don't forget to vote for the Idea.

 

Sorry we can't say more for now. If you have further questions, let us know.

 

Have a nice day!

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MattSuda
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Good news!

 

Spotify now supports downloads on Apple Watch. This will be rolling out over the next several weeks.

 

Check out this Spotify news article for more info:

Enjoy More Ways Than Ever to Use Spotify on Your Apple Watch—Now With Downloads 

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DesignByAdrian
Gig Goer
Well, Apple has a response as well: https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2019/03/addressing-spotifys-claims/

Nonetheless, allowing offline content on the Apple Watch is what this thread is about.

heikki9
Regular

@DesignByAdrian wrote:
Well, Apple has a response as well: https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2019/03/addressing-spotifys-claims/

Nonetheless, allowing offline content on the Apple Watch is what this thread is about.

Yeah, I have read it. It seems like a word against word.

But when you think who benefits of all this. Spotify... not wanting to develope a crucial feature that everyone would love to have because they just don't want to do it. Or they don't want to pay for developers and save some money. Hmm. 
Or Apple.. who just by change has a rival software and will have more and more customers every day because Spotify is missing an offline feature that will make Spotify users to hate them.

ErJButler
Regular

Been stuck with subscriptions to both services for months, but I think apple predictions finally are close enough that I can ditch Spotify.  Still not as good as Spotify, but I'll suffer a little to avoid supporting such a petty, spiteful company.

 

For others that are switching, there's a free SongShift app to transfer your library between services.

Mondquelle
Visitor

Finally switched after years of Spotify to Apple Music. Spotify still have better playlists. But i dont want to run with keeping my phone.  SongShift does a great Job. 

ramborobinson
Regular
If it is Apple doing this then it’s not ok but Spotify should reply stating
that. Not “put your ideas in the new features section blah blah blah”

heikki9
Regular
Did you take a look of that site? It has been created by Spotify and has all the answers. So please take a visit before coming back to complain.

ramborobinson
Regular
Yes I look. Took it all in. So relax. I’m saying that the Spotify employees
who respond to forum comments should give an appropriate answer not a copy
and paste job.

b_p_c
Casual Listener

Still waiting... spotify.. do something already..

Kels1
Visitor

Hello Guido,

 

What is the current progress on this activity?? 

prestress
Casual Listener

The situation is "Dead and forgotten". I personally decided to end my subscription in favor of Apple music at the end of the month. Apple music is at the same price and more versatile. After all - this is why competition exists.

gparada
Casual Listener
Where do I vote for offline playback on Apple Watch?
Thx

AppleG
Composer
Forget it. There is no company that ignores customers more than Spotify.

prestress
Casual Listener
Yeah, I guess it is time to switch to Apple Music. I am sorry for doing it, but I haven't bought the Apple Watch not to listen to music on it. It is a pity that Spotify is going down in such a way.

mjpzero
Casual Listener

Dear Spotify,

 

Apple watch owners are looking for two features:

  1. The ability to stream music from the Apple watch via Wi-Fi (and Cellular)
  2. The ability to store music on the Apple watch for offline playback

IMHO, feature #1 is the trump card.  Bring this, and I'll continue being a loyal Spotify subscriber forever.  Many Apple watch owners who are Spotify users will be ecstatic.  People who left Spotify for Apple Music will come back.  You will secure your user base.

 

Feature #2 I would consider a temporary hold off until #1 can be developed.  While I would much prefer the ability to stream, I would consider this an acceptable stopgap solution in the interim.

 

2019 is coming to a close and we -- the Spotify community -- still have no update on this.  I am seriously considering making the switch to Apple Music.  I prefer Spotify on almost every level, but it is unacceptable to continue without an update or a confirmation that these features are coming. I have held off buying an Apple Watch for nearly 2 years because of the inability to music from Spotify via Wi-Fi.  Apple made history in June 2019 by bringing third parties the tools needed to add this functionality.  This is now a must have feature.

 

Spotify has dropped the ball by not immediately getting a team dedicated to building this feature, or at the very least not confirming for users that it is being developed.  I am honestly shocked that Spotify is asking users to vote for this feature.  Are you kidding?  In the past Spotify has blamed Apple for not enabling developers to develop this functionality and now that Apple responds Spotify is doing a 180?

 

Watch Series 4 is going on steep discounts this coming Black Friday and I do not wish to wait until year for a smartwatch without any confirmation that these features are coming.  I am tired of bringing my phone to the gym just because I would not be able to use Spotify with a watch.  Apple has everything I want right now.  Please confirm these features are in the process of being developed and that we are valued customers.

Pedalen
Casual Listener

Very good shout out! But don’t bother. Nor answer or update will come our way. I’ve just bought AirPods pro AS well. Marvellous product and Apple music gives top notch features on both Apple watch and AirPods. It’s easy to convert playlists from Spotify to Apple music, so don’t bother. Just convert to Apple music, same price and no more annoying lack of features. Good Bye Spotify👋🏻

loydcoyl
Visitor
Come on . Watch os6 is out . AT LAST FIX THE OFFLINE PLAYBACK ON APPLE WATCH

DesignByAdrian
Gig Goer
Over 5000 votes now.

AppleG
Composer
Peanuts.....for Spotify.
As a customer....speechless.

jkherbkerlibfeq
Visitor

I hope the under-the-table paycheck the CEO of Spotify is receiving from Apple is worth limiting your business and sending fans over to Apple Music.

Edessure
Newbie

I'm with everyone on this one. It is pretty absurd.

 

ive never considered Apple Music as a serious option and I'm finding myself thinking about it now that I got a watch...

 

oh well I guess the best way to complaints is to make moves...

Ty48
Newbie

Shameful, absolutely shameful 

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