Without an official Apple Watch app, the functionality of Spotify while using an Apple Watch is clunky at best. Now, Apple Watch users wishing to use the popular streaming service can rest easy, as Spotify is releasing the first version of their Apple Watch app this week.
The first version of the Spotify Apple Watch app will be rolling out this week, and there’s a lot to offer with this app. Users have Spotify Connect functionality, which allows you to connect your devices and stream music and/or podcasts from the app. The app also allows you to easily save new music to your playlist with the tap of a button. The app also provides a 15-second rewind mechanic, which is helpful when listening to podcasts if you missed part of a conversation.
Spotify’s first go at an official Apple Watch app won’t have all the bells and whistles that Spotify users will be looking for however, and the app is seriously lacking in offline functionality. There is no offline playback at the moment, so you will not be able to download or stream any music or podcasts offline. This comes as a huge disappointment to users, and many are wondering why Spotify has not included this as a launch feature. Further perplexing users is the fact that if third-party Apple Watch Spotify apps already have this feature, why doesn’t the official app?
Another downside of the app at the moment is that if you were hoping to be able to stream music to your wireless headphones via your Apple Watch’s built-in 4G LTE, then you are out of luck. This is another feature that the app is lacking at the moment. Clearly, this first version of Spotify’s Apple Watch app is not perfect, but the company has assured users that they are working on bringing more functionality soon. If you’d like to try out the app, make sure you have the latest version of Spotify downloaded and stay tuned for more updates.
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