Spotify’s Apple Watch app lacks one massive characteristic: you possibly can’t instantly stream songs or obtain them to play later. The Watch app’s only a distant management for Spotify in your cellphone, pc, or good speaker. It kinda blows, however hopefully Spotify will add the options sooner or later as a result of, with WatchOS 6, it’s now theoretically attainable.
However till Spotify upgrades its app, the one alternative is to make a compromise. Listed here are your choices.
Preserve Your iPhone Close by
The Spotify Watch App is de facto good—in case your iPhone is close by. You should utilize it to pick out tracks, management playback (even with Siri), and do all the pieces else you would need. Besides, after all, really play music.
You must use Bluetooth headphones along with your Apple Watch anyway, so when you’re going for a run, experience, hike, or health club exercise, stash your cellphone in a small out-of-the-way bag or pocket. Certain, it’s not best, however not less than it means you possibly can nonetheless hearken to all of your favourite Spotify playlists.
In case you actually don’t need to maintain your iPhone readily available, then you want to make some larger compromises.
Strive Apple Music
Unsurprisingly, Apple Music is by far the best-integrated streaming service with the Apple Watch. Each the Music and Radio apps are absolutely featured and work as you’d count on. Obtain tracks to your Apple Watch, and so they’re obtainable for offline playback everytime you need. Or, when you’ve got an LTE watch, simply play and stream music as regular.
The draw back of that is that Apple Music isn’t Spotify. It doesn’t have your present library, listening historical past, saved songs, or custom-generated playlists. It’s an alright music streaming service—nevertheless it’s not the one you’re at the moment utilizing.
However that would change. Apple Music provides a three-month free trial to new subscribers and sometimes provides a one-month free trial to individuals who’ve tried it earlier than however didn’t join.
After the free trial, Apple Music prices $9.99/month, the identical as Spotify, so it’s in all probability a bit foolish to maintain paying for 2 providers that do virtually precisely the identical factor. It’s as much as you to determine whether or not streaming and offline playback in your Watch is value switching streaming providers.
In case you do determine to maneuver, take a look at Soundiiz. It’s a free service that may port your Spotify playlists and songs to Apple Music, so that you don’t have to begin once more completely from scratch.
Go Outdated College and Purchase MP3s or Rip CDs
Like most individuals I do know, I’ve moved solely to streaming music. I grew up simply because the iPod was taking off so I by no means actually had a huge CD assortment, however I did have an enormous MP3 library. In case you’re in the identical boat, it might be time to interrupt it out once more.
Spotify could be very handy, however when you solely need to hearken to music whilst you work out, you don’t want your full library. There’s no motive you possibly can’t go old fashioned and curate a small unique assortment of devoted exercise tracks in your Watch. I’ve genuinely loved revisiting my previous MP3 assortment and placing collectively a playlist of tracks I used to run to about 15 years in the past. It’s a severe throwback!
The only technique to make playlists in your Apple Watch is with the Music app on a Mac or iPhone, or iTunes on a PC. Then, to sync the playlists to your Apple Watch, open the Watch app in your iPhone and go to Music, add Music, and choose the playlists you need obtainable. Pop your Apple Watch on its charger and let it do its factor. It’d take some time for the tracks to switch, so it’s greatest to depart it in a single day.
The Apple Watch is continuous to mature as a platform, so there’s some hope that over the subsequent 12 months or two Spotify will launch a completely featured app. Till then, it’s important to determine what compromise works greatest for you.