Spotify releases ‘first version’ of its Apple Watch app with limited features

Spotify has released what it describes as the ‘first version’ of its new Apple Watch — suggesting more features will be coming in a future version. Spotify for Apple Watch first surfaced earlier this month when TestFlight beta testers spotted the pre-release version with limited features.

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Starting today, Spotify for Apple Watch is now available on the App Store as part of version 8.4.79 with these release notes:

We’re always making changes and improvements to Spotify. To make sure you don’t miss a thing, just keep your Updates turned on.

– This release includes the first version of our Apple Watch app

Simply update Spotify for iPhone and the new app should appear on the Apple Watch (or toggle the new app on if auto-installation is turned off).

Spotify for Apple Watch won’t replace the streaming music and offline playback features of the Apple Music app just yet however. The new app is limited to remote playback control from the Apple Watch to the iPhone.

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Hopefully a future version of Spotify on watchOS adds more features like offline playback now that watchOS 5 enhances how audio apps like Overcast and Audible handle podcast and audiobook playback after syncing. Prior to Spotify for Apple Watch launching, third party developers have been able to achieve offline music playback using the service on older versions of watchOS.

Also rather comically, the new Spotify app isn’t optimized for the Apple Watch Series 4 display sizes introduced in September … add that to the list of future features customers will want (in addition to an Apple TV app).

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