Spotify is showing its appreciation for Apple Watch users by introducing UI and playback enhancements that are more in line with the familiar experience from larger screens.
WatchOS users will see a beefed-up Your Library view with more in-depth music controls and the ability to download playlists without going back to your iPhone in an update that begins rolling out today.
Spotify’s Apple Watch features were rudimentary prior to today’s update. To begin, the app presented the Your Library view as a text-only list of titles. The new update includes artwork thumbnails and a more appealing user interface.
When you tapped on an album or playlist in the old version of the watchOS app, it would immediately start playing without letting you choose any options first. The new update includes a screen with two prominent download and shuffle buttons.
Spotify first added offline playback in a May update last year, but you still had to use your iPhone to select offline music, and you could only download individual songs to your wearable.
The ability to download entire playlists and albums without having to pull out a phone will be a welcome addition for Apple Watch owners. The new update also allows you to swipe to like a song from the list view, a gesture that Spotify iOS app users are already accustomed to.
The update also improves Apple Watch podcast playback, allowing you to see your listening progress and resume listening right where you left off. Previously, podcasts were always restarted from the beginning.
In addition to the Apple Watch app updates, Spotify highlighted new tap-to-listen controls for Meta’s Ray-Ban Stories and music curation for Delta airlines’ overhead boarding music.
The company also announced “Ambient Experience” support, which displays playlist or podcast artwork on Fire TV Omni QLED Series TVs when you aren’t watching anything. Owners of $800 and up televisions can listen to music by using the TV’s remote control or Spotify Connect devices.
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