Apple Watch can do just about everything – from custom exercise routines, sleep monitoring, and Siri support, to many of the things an iPhone can do – text messages, calls, reminders, etc. – so you don’t have to always carry it with you. And since we talked about it, one of the best features of the Apple Watch is its ability to connect and stream (both online and offline) various of the services of streaming most popular music. If you want to know more about this, keep reading because below, we show you a guide with the seven best ways to listen to music on your Apple Watch.
NotePlease note that some features will only be supported on certain Apple Watch models. The same is true of the operating system, as some music applications require watchOS 4.1 or higher for all functions to work properly. Currently, the most up-to-date operating system is watchOS 7.5.
Hailed as one of the most popular music streaming services, Apple Music is almost a must-have for Apple Watch owners. And it is that Apple Music has one of the cleanest and most intuitive interfaces of all the apps that we are going to teach you in this guide.
Control options include play / pause, track skip, rewind, and volume controls via the Apple Watch’s digital crown. You can also ask Siri for custom songs, artists, and playlists.
If you are not sure whether to choose an LTE version of the Apple Watch or not, there are some advantages of the version with data. On the one hand, you can leave your iPhone at home while you run, since the Apple Watch with LTE technology can stream music without being paired with a mobile device. Also, Siri commands for non-LTE Apple watches go through the phone instead of going directly through the watch.
Apple Music is also one of the best ways to sync your iPhone library with Apple Watch. Mobile phone pairing also enables automatic syncing of Apple Music’s weekly playlists with your selection of the most-listened to songs, albums, and artists.
Even facing it face to face with Apple Music, Spotify remains one of the best options for listening to music from your Apple Watch, thanks to the support offered by both the free and paid versions of the app. Of course, with a premium subscription Spotify users can play / pause, skip forward and rewind, as well as view their recently played songs, artists and playlists.
With the paid subscription you will also find support for Siri and it will be possible to play music without taking the phone with you or listen to the one you have previously downloaded (although offline listening is limited to only 96 Kbps). Lastly, keep in mind that you will need an Apple Watch Series 3 with watchOS 6 or higher for all Siri functions to work properly.
Pandora was one of the first services to offer the ability to listen to music from the Apple Watch. Those who want to get the most out of Pandora will need an Apple Watch Series 3 with watchOS 6 or higher, an iPhone with iOS 13 or higher, as well as an active subscription to Pandora Plus, Pandora Premium or the Pandora Premium family plan. Like Spotify, Pandora offers you a free listening tier, but with various playback limitations (such as commercial content).
With a Pandora Premium subscription you can listen to music offline, but you will be limited to ten most recent songs, artists or playlists. Pandora Plus subscribers will only be able to stream three of their most recent listens offline.
Controls include play / pause and volume and a command to choose what offline content to listen to. Siri commands run from the paired iPhone. While what it offers is not as comprehensive as Apple Music or Spotify, Pandora is still a pretty decent music app for the Apple Watch.
In order to enjoy all the options that Deezer offers you for Apple Watch, you will need to have a paid subscription. Premium memberships cost $ 10 per month and include the ability to listen offline (with a paired iPhone) and download songs directly to your Apple Watch. In order to use Deezer you need an Apple Watch Series 3 connected to an iOS device with iOS 6 or higher in order to use the Deezer app.
Controls include play / pause, track skip, rewind, shuffle, repeat, and the option to “bookmark” individual songs. While services like Apple Music and Spotify are available as separate apps for Apple Watch, Deezer must be downloaded and started from the iPhone.
Tidal is one of the best services to listen to music in high quality as well as an excellent service for Apple Watch. With the monthly subscription of US $ 9 dollars you can listen to music without ties (does not require a paired device). Like Spotify, offline listening is limited to 96 Kbps, which is surprising for a music service famous for its lossless playback and high-resolution streaming.
Controls from the watch include play / pause, track skip, rewind, as well as access to album, artist, and playlist tabs right from the watch face. The Tidal app does not offer support for Siri.
To run Tidal on an Apple Watch you need a Series 3 with watchOS 7.1 or higher.
Launched in 2020, the iHeart Radio app on Apple Watch brings all your favorite tracks, albums, and radio stations together in one place. Right on the watch face, users can search for music, listen to recently played songs and control what is played without the need to touch the iPhone.
IHeartRadio paid subscriptions allow you to add songs to a playlist called a “favorite.” To use iHeartRadio you will need an Apple Watch Series 3 with watchOS 6.2 or higher.
You can also use Apple Music to sync your existing iCloud Music Library on your iPhone with your Apple Watch. Once the two devices are paired, your songs will be stored in the Music app on the Apple Watch home screen. To synchronize your library press Settings on your iPhone and here select Music. Within this option, activate the iCloud Music Library.
Remember that you will need at least an Apple Watch Series 3 for this option to work.