Is the Apple Watch for me? Runner

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Reinke, Feb 7, 2019.

  1. Reinke macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2012
    Hi all,

    First of, im by no means an athlete, I run 2-3 times a week and once in a while I swim.
    My current setup is my iPhone strapped to my arm with normal headset. I use the nike+ app to track my runs and play music through Spotify premium.

    I generally like the idea of more health tracking (I love stats) such as HR and a more accurate step tracker. I also like the idea of closing rings to motivate me :).

    The problem is: I can't find a solution for running a listening to music. I know Spotify made an app, which I can't use without my phone, so that won't help much. Currently my nike+ app on my iPhone plays my playlist through Spotify, can the Apple Watch do that?

    If not, it seems like more trouble to acquire the watch and run with that.
    Is there a solution I don't know about? I know about Apple Music, but im very satisfied with Spotify :).
  2. musicpenguy macrumors 65816

    Oct 29, 2006
    The other music solution currently is Pandora - the watch can play Pandora I believe both connected and offline. If you have some power tracks you could also buy the music you need on the run in iTunes and that would be available on the watch (or iTunes Match to get it).
  3. Reinke thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2012
    Well that is certainly interesting. That means its not apple who are blocking Spotify from making offline playlists! It's simply not a feature Spotify have developed yet.
  4. musicpenguy macrumors 65816

    Oct 29, 2006
    Correct - watchOS 5 brought audio capabilities to 3rd parties. There is also an Audible app so you can sync your books over and listen (it is one of the better audio apps out there - really polished - full chapter support etc.)

    There are also a crap ton of podcast apps (Outcast is my favorite).

    My hope is more music apps do come out. I’d imagine Spotify will improve their app over time to include this.
  5. Closingracer macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2010
    Have you tried Apple Music? If not there is a three month trial so try it out m. You can always go back with Spotify. Only option i think
  6. DontGetTheCheese macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2015
    Some of the garmin devices might work. Spotify works over there although some things like podcasts are a bit rough, a playlist would probably be fine.

    To be honest I wear my Fenix more than the AW4 these days although if I wasn’t running with a specific target, and just running the AW would be the choice.
  7. CaptMarvel macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2014
    North Carolina
    I have Apple Music, so I’m not sure about Spotify and it’s Apple Watch integration. With Apple Music, you can download your playlists and still have NRC play them during your run. I would think if NRC plays your Spotify playlists during your run, it’s be something similar as long as there’s a Spotify Apple Watch app that lets you download your playlists for offline/untethered playback from the watch. Not pushing Apple Musuc in you but as @Closingracer said, there’s a free three moth trial so you could give it try.

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