Spotify has begun rolling out stand-alone streaming support through the Spotify app for the Apple Watch. With the new feature, Spotify users can listen to music or podcasts from Spotify over WiFi or cell without having to have an iPhone nearby.
There has been a Spotify Apple Watch app available for the past few years, but the standalone streaming option is new. Spotify tested the feature for a few months, and in the past, listening to Spotify required a iPhone even on Apple Watch models with independent cellular connectivity.
Spotify Music can be streamed from Apple Watch to Bluetooth headphones, which is ideal in cases where iPhone is not needed such as exercise.
The feature continues to be available in beta and isn’t available to all users at the moment, but Spotify has confirmed that it will “roll out” from today. German site Macerkopf.de First detected change, confirmed by TechCrunch.
“We focus on developing experiences that allow users to listen to Spotify wherever and whenever they want – regardless of device or platform. After the initial test, we are now is rolling out streaming capabilities for Spotify on Apple Watch, “a spokesperson told TechCrunch.
It may take a while for the new standalone streaming option to be available to all Apple Watch owners. The Spotify app can be downloaded for free from the App Store. [Direct Link]