Spotify can now be streamed directly on Apple Watch without an iPhone

Spotify can now be streamed directly to the Apple Watch, the company has confirmed in a statement. Users can stream music or podcasts on Apple Watch without having to connect to an iPhone. Spotify started testing this feature for a limited group in September and is now expanding the direct streaming option to all users. The function is supposedly available as a server-side update. It still appears to be a full beta rollout, so it may not be available to all Apple Watch users just yet.

The music streaming service Approved to Engadget that the introduction of streaming functions for Spotify on the Apple Watch has started. Thanks to the new feature, users can stream music and podcasts on Spotify without using their iPhone. However, offline listening doesn’t seem to be an option on the Apple Watch just yet.

German site Macerkopf reported that multiple users could see the function on their Apple Watch. An image shared from publication shows the following message on Apple Watch: Would you like to stream Spotify on your Apple Watch? Choose it here.

Spotify’s streaming option for the Apple Watch was made available to a larger group of people over the weekend, according to the report. Users can use the Spotify app on Apple Watch to access their music library over Wi-Fi or cellular network, and listen through Bluetooth headphones or speakers. iPhones no longer need to be connected while listening to Spotify on Apple Watch. So users don’t have to take the phone with them for runs or walks and can simply rely on the Apple Watch.

The report finds that the Spotify app on the Apple Watch lacks search functionality. Users have to rely on Siri for this feature to work.

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