Spotify’s Apple Watch app is getting the option to stream music or podcasts without connecting to an iPhone. You'll be able to listen to your playlists over WiFi or a cellular connection. The feature appears to be in beta amid a broader rollout, so it might not be available for you just yet.
After several users reported (via 9to5 Mac) they could stream music through the Watch app directly, Engadget confirmed the feature works. As such, you won’t need to have an iPhone close by to listen to your favorite tracks.
“We’re focused on developing experiences that enable users to listen to Spotify wherever and whenever they want — regardless of the device or platform,” Spotify told Engadget in a statement. “After an initial testing period, we are now rolling out streaming capabilities for Spotify on the Apple Watch."
Offline listening somehow still isn’t an option on the Watch app, two years after Spotify released it. However, the next time you're out for a walk or a run, you might be able to leave your phone at home and stream your Spotify playlists with an LTE-enabled Apple Watch.