Spotify announced Friday that it will add the ability to download playlists, albums, and podcasts to Apple Watch for offline playback. Users will be able to stream 96kbps audio, add and remove Spotify content from their phones, and sync with the Watch.
“The ability to download music and podcasts complements the existing feature of being able to stream your favourites from the watch, and now you don’t even have to take your phone with you,” the company said in a press release.
Spotify added the ability to stream music from an Apple Watch in November; previously, the Apple Watch could only be used as a remote for Spotify music playing on an iPhone or other Spotify Connect-compatible device.
Spotify’s Apple Watch app was first released in 2018.
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The offline feature will be available beginning Friday on Apple Watch Series 3 or later running WatchOS 6.0 or later, with WatchOS 7.1 or higher recommended.
It is also necessary to have a Spotify Premium subscription. Spotify Premium subscriptions start at $9.99 per month for a single account and go up to $15.99 per month for a family plan. A $4.99-per-month student account is also available.
Deezer, another streaming music service, beat Spotify to the punch earlier this week, adding the ability to download music from its Apple Watch app.
Also this week, Spotify announced the launch of a new feature that will allow Google’s Wear devices to download music and listen to it without the need for a phone.
It has not yet been released, but it is in the works, according to the company’s product lead for wearables during Google’s developer keynote on Tuesday.