Swedish-based audio streaming application Spotify has announced today that it's rolling out a major update for its watchOS application to support streaming standalone music on the Apple Watch.
After all, the Spotify application on Apple Watch, up until now, was not much more than just a controller of sorts. As expected, the abovesaid feature will allow the users to use Spotify as a standalone application, thereby giving the users the freedom to leave their iPhone behind while, say, going for a short run.
This will, of course, require users to either have a cellular model of the Apple Watch or have their smartwatch connected to a Wi-Fi network at all times. However, the said feature is still in beta and is now rolling out to users across the globe.
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 listen to Spotify wherever and whenever they want – 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 Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora are the only standalone streaming applications available for the Apple Watch on watchOS. Streaming services like YouTube Music and Amazon Prime Music still don't offer the said functionality.