A third-party developer named Andrew Chang was in the news recently for developing a third-party (and unofficial) Spotify app for the Apple Watch. While he faced some resistance from the Spotify team about this, the company has now changed its stance altogether by partnering directly with the developer for this new app.
The app which was initially supposed to be known as “Spotty” has now been renamed to “Snowy” to avoid any confusion. There’s still no concrete info on when it will be officially available for the Apple Watch, but one would assume that it would take some more time as the team is still believed to be working on it.
Thanks to Spotify’s partnership, users will be able to sync playlists from the iPhone with the Apple Watch. The app pretty much looks like a condensed version of Spotify and there are some useful controls available as well. One of the features that we’re particularly looking forward to is offline playback, allowing users to play music directly on the Apple Watch even if the iPhone is away. Other features like Siri support, as well as gestures are said to be supported with the new app.
Here’s what Chang had to say on Reddit – “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. 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. While I can’t give any estimates as to when it’ll be available, you can rest assured that a Spotify Apple Watch companion app is in the pipeline.”