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Lets Go

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I believe that Apple made it possible for other streaming music services to work with the watch without the phone present. Are there any besides Apple music that you can now do that with? I would like to be able to go to the gym without my phone but have no interest in joining Apple Music.
 

deeddawg

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I don't think Spotify's watch app will stream yet.

You can of course sync playlists with your watch and play locally-stored music.

Pandora will cache offline music for up to four of your most frequently used stations. Not sure it works all that well though IMHO.
 

Lets Go

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There are other services that I prefer better. Also don't like the idea of being forced to use one service.
 

Renho

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There are other services that I prefer better. Also don't like the idea of being forced to use one service.

I am not too fond of them only making it work with Apple music either. Since they just made watchos6 work with 3rd party music apps none are out yet. But they will be. I’m waiting for Amazon Music.

I just got the S5 and I did the 3 month trial of Apple Music. Hopefully by then Amazon will have got their crap together.
 

Duncan68

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Apple Music is terrible if you have a large local library. Uploading and matching take forever and is very buggy. That was my experience, at least.
 
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Renho

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Apple Music is terrible if you have a large local library. Uploading and matching take forever and is very buggy. That was my experience, at least.

seem’s ok on my watch and phone with S5. It updates at night when charging.
 

TheSkywalker77

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But if you are in the Apple ecosystem is Spotify really that much better? What does it offer that Apple does not.
These are all in my opinion, better curated playlists, a better UI, and it's much more seamless when you start playing music on a different device.
 

deeddawg

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Apple Music is terrible if you have a large local library. Uploading and matching take forever and is very buggy. That was my experience, at least.
Haven't used it, but do have iTunes Match.

The matching process with my computer's library did take a while.

Once.

Years ago.

Hasn't been an issue since.

I can stream anything in my collection on my watch.
 
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matrix07

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Apple Music is terrible if you have a large local library. Uploading and matching take forever and is very buggy. That was my experience, at least.

Just don’t uploading all at once or let its uploaded automatically. Upload manually album by album works perfectly 100%. all the data, album art, tags, language (even if foreign).. all are correct.
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These are all in my opinion, better curated playlists, a better UI, and it's much more seamless when you start playing music on a different device.

Apple Music works perfectly on my different Apple devices. It’s even work much better on my Apple Watch.
And about playlists it’s not that clear cut anymore
 
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HDFan

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Apple Music is terrible if you have a large local library. Uploading and matching take forever and is very buggy.

Don't turn on iCloud music library and just sync from iTunes what you need if you can. iTunes Match had trouble making matches, and when it did match my original was much higher quality. So I turned it off.
 
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