INTRO: The Music streaming service namely Spotify has had an Apple Watch app for quite some time but it has never really been more than a glorified controller of sorts so far. However, today Spotify is finally rolling out a new update to the Spotify watchOS app that brings standalone streaming to your Apple Watch. With this feature, you’ll finally be ready to leave your iPhone behind once you leave for a run, for instance, and stream Spotify songs from your Apple Watch straight to your Bluetooth earphones or AirPods.
Obviously, so as to use standalone listening you’ll either need a cellular Apple Watch or have your watch connected to a WiFi network to stream the music. The feature is currently in beta and is rolling bent some users already so you’ll check whether you’ve got received the feature yet.
In a statement to TechCrunch, Spotify has confirmed that the standalone streaming feature is rolling out now. “We’re focused on developing experiences that enable users to concentrate to Spotify wherever and whenever they have – regardless of the device or platform. After an initial testing period, we are now rolling out streaming capabilities for Spotify on the Apple Watch” said a Spotify spokesperson.
Apart from Apple Music, Spotify and Pandora are the sole music streaming services that now support standalone streaming on watchOS. Other services, like YouTube Music still lag far behind in terms of features.