Tidal has joined Spotify and Deezer by bringing offline playback to a new Apple Watch app, which has serval features for listening independently from the iPhone.
The streaming service, which is under attack from Apple Music’s lossless tier, costing half the price of Tidal, has now announced its Apple Watch app.
Tidal subscribers will be able to download their favorite albums and playlists for direct viewing when out of range of a W-Fi or data connection.
“Download all your favorite playlists and listen offline from anywhere without internet connectivity,” Tidal says in an announcement on his own Website.
When you’re in range, you can listen unheard from the iPhone, streaming and controlling music directly from the Apple Watch and connected Bluetooth headphones.
Tidal has no free tier so paying customers will still be able to take advantage of ad-free listening on wearables. However, if they are paying extra for tidal hi-fi, they will not get the full quality experience. Playback will be limited to 96 kbps.
To get started, users have to download the Tidal app on their Apple Watch, go to link.tidal.com on their phone and then enter the on-screen code.
Tidal’s new Apple Watch app comes after it was confirmed by Spotify that it is bringing offline playback to WatchOS devices as well as devices running on Google’s WareOS platform.
Here’s how to enable it for the Spotify / Apple Watch combo.
If you want to enjoy your favorite Spotify podcast, playlist or album on your Apple Watch, then these are the steps you need to follow.
- Open Spotify on your Apple Watch, locate and choose the music or podcast you want to download
- Tap on the three dots (…) icon and then tap on ‘Download to Apple Watch’.
- The download will be completed when a green arrow appears next to your selected content
- Connect a pair of Bluetooth earbuds or headphones wirelessly, and enjoy!
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