Spotify’s redesigned Apple Watch app feels less like an afterthought
Spotify gives sound Apple Watch users some love, adding UI and playback upgrades that more closely align with the familiar experience of larger screens. In an update which begins to unfold todaywatchOS users will see an enhanced view of your library with deeper music controls and the ability to download playlists without returning to your iPhone.
Prior to today’s update, Spotify’s Apple Watch features were rudimentary. To begin with, the app displayed the Your Library view as a list of text-only titles. The new update provides a more attractive user interface, including artwork thumbnails. In the watchOS In the older version of the app, once you tapped on an album or playlist, it would immediately start playing without letting you choose any options first. The new update adds a screen with two prominent buttons for downloading and mixing your music.
Spotify initially offline reading added in an update in May last year, but this version still required you to use your iPhone to choose offline music, and you could only download individual songs to your mobile. Downloading entire playlists and albums without pulling out a phone will be a welcome addition for owners. The new update also lets you swipe to like a song in the list view, a gesture already familiar to users of the iOS Spotify app.
Today’s update also improves Apple Watch podcast playback, allowing you to see your listening progress and pick up where you left off. The previous version always restarted podcasts from the beginning.
In addition to the Apple Watch app upgrades, Spotify also highlighted new listening controls for Meta. Ray-Ban Stories and music curation for air boarding music on Delta Airlines. The company also announced support for the “ambient experience” which displays playlist or podcast artwork on Fire TV Omni QLED Series TVs when you’re not watching anything. Owners of $800+ TVs can scroll through their music using the TV’s remote or Spotify Connect devices.