Many people can hardly imagine their life without music, especially the songs on their favorite playlists. Now your favorite music can be accessible right on your wrist. Spotify for Apple Watch is finally here, allowing you to control your favorite music without having to pull your phone out.
Reports about the feature being tested surfaced earlier this month, and we’ve been hearing rumors about Spotify making an appearance on Apple Watch for quite some time. The Spotify for Apple Watch app is still very new, so the app lacks some key features and may not be as attractive as many are expecting it to be. These core features are found in the original app, but not in the Apple Watch addition.
The good news is that Spotify for Apple Watch lets users control songs which are playing on their phone or other devices. However, this is probably where the good news ends. The app doesn’t enable users to download songs or podcasts to the device because it’s offline. Moreover, users won’t be able to stream music from the watch to Bluetooth headphones connected to 4G-equipped Apple Watch models.
This last shortcoming of the Spotify for Apple Watch app is probably the greatest, especially because the vast majority of people who own an Apple Watch with 4G LTE use it while going out for a run, relying on its ability to answer calls while they’re on the run without having to take their phone with them. A more versatile version of the app capable of streaming music on Bluetooth headphones would be a great improvement. Spotify told Gizmodo it’s working on adding offline playback and local streaming in the future. Unfortunately, we still don’t know when we can expect these features to be added.
Spotify clarified that the early version of its Apple Watch app with limited features will begin rolling out to iOS users in the next week. When using the Spotify for Apple Watch app to listen to music, Apple’s standard “Now Playing” screen will be replaced with a new user interface. The UI will allow users to pause, skip between tracks, and even rewind 15 seconds with a tap in case you’re listening to a podcast and you missed on something important.
It’s clear the Spotify for Apple Watch app is missing some key features, but the company probably wanted to present a basic version of the app for the watch in the beginning and then gradually add new features in future updates. If you can put up with the app for now, that’s great, but if not, you can use Spotify’s native app for your iPhone until the updates come.