Spotify is presently testing an Apple Watch app that’s expected to debut soonest. A cursory peek at the expected app has left many wondering about the obvious differences between Spotify on other devices and on the Apple Watch
The app itself seems to be an initial release with very basic options. There’s no offline support for playing Spotify songs on the Apple Watch far from your iPhone, and you can’t stream songs to an Apple watch over LTE.
Instead, this Spotify Apple Watch app is especially used as a Spotify Connect controller to allow you to change music on an iPhone or other device that’s playing Spotify content and connected to your account.
Spotify’s app replaces the “Now Playing” screen on the Apple Watch if you’re playing Spotify songs on an iPhone, and you can as well use it to manage music playback or decide a playlist.
It’s the first time you’ve been able to directly access Spotify playlist / song management on the Apple Watch while not using an iPhone, however you can solely choose playlists separately and set them to shuffle.
Spotify is additionally as well as a complication for the Apple Watch, however the beta doesn’t presently permit you to show what’s presently being played or set shortcuts to workout playlists.
There are some nice additions over Apple’s ancient “Now Playing” screen, though. you’ll be able to favorite songs so they’re added to your library, and there’s tactile and audio feedback (on the Apple Watch Series 4) after you use the digital crown to regulate volume.
It’s not clear precisely when Spotify plans to introduce this Apple Watch app, and the company is staying rather quiet regarding its plans. “We’re always testing new products and experiences, but have no further news to share at this time,” said a Spotify representative last week. Either way, this first version that’s being tested is incredibly basic. Hopefully this can be simply an initial release, with a lot of options planned for the future.