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Spotify is bringing offline playback to Apple Watch

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Spotify Premium subscribers will now be able to download playlists, albums and podcasts on their Apple Watch for offline playback.

Offline playback on Spotify is supported on Apple Watch Series 3, and newer models running watchOS 6 or later, though watchOS 7.1 and later are recommended.

The feature has already started rolling out and will be accessible to all Spotify users globally in the next few weeks with an update to the Spotify app for iPhone.

Users will be able to control the playback on the go directly from the Apple Watch as this will build on top of streaming to Siri and connect & control features. As mentioned above, a Spotify Premium subscription is required to avail offline playback.

“Starting today, we’re rolling out the ability to download your favourite playlists, albums, and podcasts on Apple Watch. All users are already able to play tracks, albums, playlists, and podcasts, and now Premium users will also be able to download everything they’re listening to for a true offline and phone-free experience,” Spotify announced on Friday.

Earlier this week, Spotify also announced its partnership with Storytel to bring its audiobooks to the music and podcast streaming platform by the end of this year; expanding its audio content catalogue. With this integration, Spotify has taken one step further in building the Spotify Open Access Platform, announced last month, in addition to creator monetisation tools.

Spotify also announced that five ticketed pre-recorded concert performances are scheduled for next month, from artists including The Black Keys and Rag’n’Bone Man. People can buy tickets for the concerts starting at $15 plus tax here.

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