The Apple Watch is rapidly becoming a standalone device that you can use without an iPhone or an internet connection, and Deezer and Spotify just helped make that even more true by adding support for offline playback on the watch.
Spotify has only been offering streaming music on the Apple Watch since November 2020, something Apple Music has had since October 2017. In the short time that Spotify was available on the watch, the only major drawback was that it didn’t allow you to download songs for local playback, something that’s useful when you’re running or at the gym and don’t have internet access to play music. stream.
That changes now: Spotify announced on May 21
This is great news, but there is always a catch; songs are limited to 96 kbps, a low bit rate. In layman’s terms, the songs you listen to on your Apple Watch won’t be as high-quality as on the iPhone, where songs can reach as high as 320kbps. Apple Watch models don’t have much storage space, so “podcast quality” Spotify music makes sense when users need to sync large playlists.
How to Download Spotify Tracks to Your Apple Watch
To start, choose a playlist, album, or podcast to download to your watch, then tap the ellipsis (•••) and select Download to Apple Watch.
You can track the progress of your audio downloads from the Downloads section in the Spotify app on your watch.
You know that playlists, albums or podcasts in your Spotify library are being downloaded to your Apple Watch when you see a green arrow next to their titles, just like on your iPhone.
Availability of Spotify downloads on Apple Watch
Offline playback for Spotify is also only available to premium Spotify subscribers with an Apple Watch Series 3 or later with WatchOS 6.0 or later (WatchOS 7.1 or later recommended). If you are a free user, you cannot download music on your Apple Watch.
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