Spotify confirmed at the moment it has begun to roll out help for standalone streaming on its Apple Watch app. The function had been spotted in testing again in September, and arrives roughly two years after Spotify first debuted its devoted Apple Watch app.
With help for standalone streaming, customers can take heed to Spotify music or podcasts by way of a Wi-Fi connection or over mobile, while not having to be tethered to their iPhone.
The shortage of help for standalone streaming has been a very long time 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 after they’re exercising — like after they’re out for a run, for instance — in addition to every other time when carrying round an iPhone could possibly be cumbersome.
With standalone streaming, nonetheless, 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, nonetheless.
The replace to the Spotify app was noticed within the U.S. by 9to5Mac, which famous extra customers had began seeing the function present up for them though they hadn’t been part of the September take a look at group.
Spotify shouldn’t be 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 assertion to TechCrunch, nevertheless it hasn’t made a proper announcement concerning the replace.
“We’re centered on growing experiences that allow customers to take heed to Spotify wherever and every time they need – whatever the gadget or platform,” a Spotify spokesperson mentioned. “After an preliminary testing interval, we are actually rolling out streaming capabilities for Spotify on the Apple Watch,” they added.