Music streaming service Deezer has revamped its Apple Watch app so you can listen to music without an Internet connection the company has announced. In the past, Deezer’s Apple Watch app has only been able to control music playback on a paired iPhone, but now paid subscribers can download songs for offline listening when they are away from their phone.
There has been offline listening in the past available with Apple Music as well as Pandora, but the corresponding functions are not yet visible Spotify’s Apple Watch app. Spotify recently added the ability to stream music from Apple Watch without a paired iPhone, but the feature still requires a cell phone or Wi-Fi connection. In the meantime, Google just teased that Spotify users will soon download songs to Wear OS smartwatches, which makes it even more special that it doesn’t offer a similar feature to Apple’s wearables.
Subscribers can download both Deezer playlists and their own personal playlists for offline listening. Of course, you need enough storage space on your Apple Watch to keep files for offline listening. The streaming service does not explicitly say which Apple Watch models support the new feature, and only points out that it requires “the latest Apple Watch software.” Presumably this suggests watchOS 7, available on Apple Watch devices, going back to the 2017 Series 3.
The new Apple Watch feature follows Deezer updated integration with Apple HomePod smart speakers was released earlier this month. The new feature allows users to control playback with Siri voice controllers and even set a default music service from Deezer. Spotify has not yet provided the same option. Then again a a fraction of Spotify’s market share, Deezer has to work much harder to catch up.