Spotify Is Partnering With A Third-Party Developer To Bring The Official Apple Watch App
Andrew Chang, a third-party developer was recently in the news for developing an unofficial Spotify app for the Apple Watch named "Spotty". When the music streaming giant showed concerns regarding the copyright, the name was changed to "Snowy". The app had to face various dilemmas with Spotify's legal team who cited that the app featured various UI similarities to the company's first party iOS app. Let's dive in to see some more details on the matter.
Spotify Is Making Its Way To The Apple Watch
Due to this clash, news related to the Spotify app for Apple Watch, Snowy, slowed down for the past few weeks. However, this week, the developer of the third-party app gave out a pretty big news. The developer details that Snowy will not be terminated due to an official partnership with Spotify itself. What this means that Spotify will now work with the developer to incorporate the platforms features in an app for the Apple Watch.
Hi all, thanks for your patience and understanding. 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.
However, at this point in time, there's no news when the app will hit the shelves. In addition to this, the developer did not detail the amount of features which will be added in the Apple Watch app compared to the iOS. However, some of the features have been listed on Snowy's website which includes offline playback, complications support, hands-free gestures as well as Siri support.
Previously, Spotify announced that it had reached 50 million paid subscribers, which has grown from 40 million recorded in September 2016. Apple Music on the other hand has gathered enough traction to stay well ahead of many music streaming platform as well with 20 million subscribers in December of 2016. However, it beats Spotify in the category of monthly unique users which is due to the three months free trial period.
We will hear more details on the Spotify app for the Apple Watch, so be sure to stay tuned in for that. As for now, what are your thoughts on Spotify coming to Apple's wearable? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.
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