Here’s One Less Reason to Pay for Apple Music – Barron’s

Soon you'll have one less reason to pay for Apple Music, and one more reason to buy an Apple Watch.

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One of the best features of the Apple Watch is the ability to listen to music on the go, without needing your smartphone nearby. Doing so, though, requires something most people still don’t have: a subscription to Apple Music.

Users of Spotify, which has more paid subscribers than Apple Music, have been left out of the Apple Watch magic. They still need phones to stream Spotify, even with a watch on their wrist. That’s about to change. A Spotify app for the Apple Watch is on its way, Apple Insider wrote Wednesday.

A third-party developer, Andrew Chang, had been working on such an app on his own and chronicling his progress on Reddit. The app looked sleek and was well-reviewed. Then, earlier this year, Spotify appeared to get in the way. Now Chang is working with the company on a final product, for which a release date hasn’t been announced.

Once it happens there will be one less reason to pay for Apple Music.

The good news for Apple, is that convenient Spotify playback on the Apple Watch could make people more likely to get the watch. It’s awfully freeing to leave your heavy phone behind when you go on a run and just pop in a pair of AirPods — another thing people might be increasingly likely to buy. And even if you’re carrying the iPhone, a Spotify app will make streaming more convenient. After all, who doesn’t want to change songs from their wrist?

Big Picture: A new Spotify app on the Apple Watch will mean one less reason to pay for Apple Music — but perhaps one more reason to buy an Apple Watch.


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