Spotify is finally coming to your Apple Watch, thanks to a third-party app called Snowy.
Users will gain the ability to save Spotify playlists to their Watch so they can enjoy them offline when they leave the house without their iPhone. Plus, hands-free gestures will let them skip tracks and pause playback without touching the screen.
The story behind Snowy is an interesting one. It started out as an app called Spotty, built by a developer who grew frustrated with Spotify’s reluctance to develop an official Apple Watch app. The name changed after Spotify’s legal team got in touch.
(Almost) official Spotify app for Apple Watch
Shortly after that, however, Spotify decided to team up with Snowy creator Andrew Chang to make Snowy even greater. Even though the app doesn’t share the Spotify name, it’s the closest you’ll get to an official Spotify app for Apple Watch.
“I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be working closely with Spotify to bring Snowy to the Apple Watch as part of an official Spotify iOS app,” Chang wrote on Reddit.
“Spotify’s powerful iOS SDK made it possible to develop Snowy, but I can’t wait to take things to the next level with the expertise and tools available at Spotify.”
This partnership allowed Chang to add features like playlist syncing, which lets you store tracks on your Apple Watch and enjoy them offline when you go for a run without your iPhone. The app will also offer real-time watch face complications and hands-free gestures.
There’s no word on when Snowy will be available, however. “You can rest assured that a Spotify Apple Watch companion app is in the pipeline,” Chang said. But he cannot offer any estimates on when it might be ready.