Deezer has announced that it will bring offline playback to its original app on the Apple Watch, making it the first music service to offer this feature for devices outside of Apple Music.
Available exclusively through a Deezer paid subscription, users will be able to download their favorite songs and playlists to the Apple Watch, giving them the chance to leave their phone at home and still enjoy listening to music.
Until now, it was only possible to listen to offline music on the Apple Watch through Apple Music, but in bringing this feature to its watchOS app, Deezer has managed to outrank Spotify, which also has to work on offline support for the Apple Watch Information.
The feature is part of a broader refresh of the Deezer app for the Apple Watch, with the interface also tweaked for easy access to playback controls.
Commenting on the update, Nicholas Pinotto, director of Partnership Solutions at Deezer, said: “When we updated our new Apple Watch app we wanted our users to have an easy and hassle-free experience. Downloadable playlists would keep music lovers in mind. So that they can listen to their own will and enjoy the convenience of the Apple Watch from the wrist. “
While offline Deezer support is a new concept for the Apple Watch, the feature is not entirely new to Deezer customers, as the Fitbit Versa 3 and Fitbit Sense also claim the same technology.
Nevertheless, the ability to listen to offline music on wearables is a huge selling point, especially within the running community where bringing a heavy smartphone can be cumbersome.
The update for the Apple Watch is particularly well timed as the current smartwatch champion may have met its match in a recently announced partnership between Google and Samsung. The two companies will work together to deliver a better Wear OS experience, with a wider app support and improved battery efficiency that is expected to arrive this autumn.