Yesterday, streaming music service Spotify rolled out an update for iOS. The update, version 8.4.79 for those keeping score at home, has brought the first version of the company’s Apple Watch companion app. The new app comes just a few days after Test Flight beta testers for Spotify reported seeing the app. Now, it seems, it is official.
With the Apple Watch companion app, you can control your music playback as well as see a list of your recent music listening. It is a simple companion app but gets the job done for what the majority of people want.
On the playback controls, they are similar to those that you find in the Apple Music app on Apple Watch. That is, you can Play/Pause music, and rewind or go back to the last track, or go forward to the next track. With the Apple Watch app, it will ask you what device you want to play the audio through, such as your AirPods. On the Spotify app, you do the same but you can also select Chromebox devices and other streaming devices to stream the music to while you control it from you wrist.
Second, you have your list of recent music that you have played on Spotify. This can be albums or playlists that you have associated with your account. Just tap one and you can start playing it, or you can enable the shuffle feature and play amongst all of your recent music.
One really nice feature is on the music as you are playing it, if you like it, just tap the heart icon on your Apple Watch. This will add it to your library so you can play it later.
All indications are that Spotify is starting slow with their Apple Watch companion app with future updates adding more functionality. Either way, it is a great start for those who use the streaming music service.