​Spotify launching offline downloads for Apple Watch and Wear OS

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​Spotify brings offline sync to Apple Watch
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Spotify is supercharging its apps for Apple Watch and Wear OS, with offline syncing coming to both platforms.

After years of barebones functionality, Spotify is adding the ability to download playlists, so you can listen without your smartphone present.

Garmin and Samsung devices have both been able to have offline syncing of music, and now the Apple Watch has caught up.

Before this week, the only service that could offline sync tunes to the Apple Watch was Apple Music – but Deezer added the same functionality earlier in the week.

Back in November the company allowed users to stream directly from the Apple Watch, but you still needed an internet connection. Now you can download those tunes to the smartwatch and go out untethered.

It seems coincidental that two services have added functionality we’ve waited years for within 24 hours, fuelling speculation that Apple has made some change to its policies or technology to allow this to happen.

It comes hot on the heels of Spotify being a central story of improvements to Wear OS at Google I/O. If you missed it, Wear OS and Samsung’s Tizen are joining to become a unified OS. Aside from being the biggest ever update to Wear OS, the idea is that Samsung (and Fitbit) launching devices onto Wear OS will make the platform much more appealing to users and developers.

A revamped Spotify app was a key part of the announcement, and it’s now been revealed it too will allow for offline syncing. That will be in addition to YouTube Music, which will also launch on Wear OS.

This is good news for both platforms, and most of all music fans that want to enjoy the services they pay for away from their smartphone.