Spotify confirmed right now it has begun to roll out assist for standalone streaming on its Apple Watch app. The characteristic had been spotted in testing again in September, and arrives roughly two years after Spotify debuted its devoted Apple Watch app.
With assist for standalone streaming, customers can hearken to Spotify music or podcasts by way of a Wi-Fi connection or over mobile, without having to be tethered to their iPhone.
The shortage of assist for standalone streaming has been a longtime sore subject for a core group of Spotify’s clients. It’s much more of a difficulty for individuals who need to go away their iPhone behind once they’re exercising — like once they’re out for a run, for instance — in addition to another time when carrying round an iPhone could possibly be cumbersome.
With standalone streaming, nevertheless, Spotify customers can stream from their wrist on to their Bluetooth headphones or AirPods.
Within the app, the choice remains to be flagged with a beta label for some customers, nevertheless.
The replace to the Spotify app was noticed within the U.S. by 9to5Mac, which famous extra customers had began seeing the characteristic present up for them although they hadn’t been part of the September check group.
Spotify just isn’t the primary music service to supply a standalone streaming expertise on the Apple Watch. Along with Apple’s personal Apple Music service, Pandora rolled out support for standalone streaming again in February 2020.
Nevertheless, it’s forward of YouTube Music on this entrance. Though YouTube just launched an Apple Watch version of its streaming music service in mid-October, it really works extra like a distant management from the YouTube Music app.
Spotify confirmed the launch in a press release to TechCrunch, nevertheless it hasn’t made a proper announcement in regards to the replace.
“We’re centered on creating experiences that allow customers to hearken to Spotify wherever and every time they need – whatever the machine or platform,” a Spotify spokesperson stated. “After an preliminary testing interval, we are actually rolling out streaming capabilities for Spotify on the Apple Watch,” they added.
The spokesperson additionally confirmed the rollout is international in nature.
To stream Spotify instantly out of your wrist, you’ll want an Apple Watch Collection 3 or later, with watchOS 6.0+ (beneficial 7.1+) and both a mobile connection or Wi-Fi, a Spotify website notes.