With each successive update, the Apple Watch becomes even more useful. But to get the most out of it, you need to load it with the right apps. So, we have collected the best music and audio programs for your smartwatch.
The laptop actually comes with a default Music app, which lets you control your phone’s audio playback from your wrist (at least when that audio is playing on Apple’s native apps). But these additional apps can do even more than that: they give you easy access to your songs, help you identify songs, organize your podcasts, and more. To play with them, just install them on your iPhone and companion versions will appear on your Apple Watch.
The biggest name in music apps now has an official Apple Watch release, but don’t expect too much from this first incarnation. For now, it only allows your portable device to control Spotify playback on your phone or other connected device, such as a smart speaker). The app works whether or not you are a Spotify Premium subscriber.
This app allows you to start and stop Spotify music from your wrist, jump between recent playlists, skip forward or backward in time on the current track (very useful when listening to podcasts) and to mark a favorite song by pressing the heart icon. Unfortunately, the current version of the app doesn’t let you sync your music with your watch, so you can’t leave your iPhone behind when you go for a jog. However, Spotify says this feature will be available soon.
Spotify for iOS, free or $ 10 per month for a subscription
Deezer doesn’t have the same importance as Spotify, but it does offer a similar music streaming service: you can listen for free if you don’t mind putting up with ads, or you can pay $ 10 per month for unlimited songs, offline reading, and other bonus features. And like Spotify, Deezer has a dedicated companion app for the Apple Watch.
This app allows your device to control playback on your phone’s Deezer app. Thanks to it, you can also mark tracks as favorites, jump between existing playlists, turn shuffle on and off and access Deezer Flow, it’s the personalized and endless radio station that the service builds on it. of your listening history. Again, you can’t sync the tracks to the Apple Watch itself, but that might show up in a future app update. For now, you will still need to bring your iPhone when you want to listen to your music.
Deezer for iOS, free or $ 10 per month for a subscription
Some songs just require you to sing along. To do this without the embarrassment, you need to know the right words and Musixmatch is one of the best lyric finder apps in the business. The app itself is free, but if you upgrade to a premium plan, you can sync the lyrics to your phone for offline use. The Apple Watch companion app brings key Musixmatch functionality right to your wrist.
The app is smart enough to display lyrics synced with the music your phone is playing, whether it’s in the default Music app or Spotify. Best of all, it can identify the music playing around you, making it perfect for parties, weddings, and road trips. Text appears clear and readable on the Apple Watch screen, and you don’t have to lift a finger as the pages update automatically.
Musixmatch for iOS, free or $ 3 per month for the premium plan
4. VLC Mobile
VLC is one of the most reliable, versatile, and feature-rich media players. It’s already available on Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS, and its Apple Watch incarnation lets you remotely control the program while it’s playing on any other device.
For example, if you stream songs through the VLC program on your laptop, the portable app allows you to start and stop playing, adjust the volume, view details of the currently playing song ( in case you forgot an artist or album name) or choose a different playlist. In fact, you can browse your entire media library, video and music tracks, from your wrist. As with all software released under the VLC umbrella, this application is free and open source.
VLC Mobile for iOS, free
5. Listen to the radio
TuneIn Radio gives you access to thousands of stations from around the world, covering sports and news as well as every genre of music imaginable. And when you tune the radio on your phone, you can control it through your Apple Watch app. The basic functions are free, although they are accompanied by occasional advertising. If you upgrade to a premium account, you also get access to live sports games and ad-free stations run by the staff at TuneIn Radio.
From your wrist, you can start and stop playback, quickly jump forward or backward in the current stream, add a station to your favorites, or skip to another station you’ve recently listened to. You can also access podcasts through the app.
TuneIn Radio for iOS, free or $ 10 per month for the premium plan
If you want to quickly identify a song that the car stereo has just played, you shouldn’t waste time unlocking your phone and searching for the corresponding app. It’s much easier to just tap your cell phone and see the name appear. Enter Shazam for the Apple Watch.
The music recognition app is a snap to use on mobile, and the accompanying Apple Watch app lets you launch Shazam and identify songs in seconds. Swipe up and your previous Shazam searches appear. With another tap, you can send tagged tracks to the app on your iPhone, where you can watch related videos, get more info about a track, and even purchase that song on iTunes.
Shazam for iOS, free
Our final pick brings you podcasts rather than music, although you can, of course, use it to listen to podcasts about music. Overcast is one of the smartest podcast players on iOS: it allows you to set sleep timers, increase dialogue volume, remove silences, increase playback speed without adding any noise. distortion (to browse episodes faster) and try new podcasts without subscribing to them. All of this is free, but for $ 10 per month you can also remove the ads inside the app.
This quality is reflected in the Apple Watch companion app from Overcast. If you listen to podcasts on your phone, your smartwatch can start and stop them. And Overcast also lets you sync audio with the Apple Watch itself, meaning you can enjoy your podcasts on a morning stroll while leaving your phone behind. On top of that, the portable app includes a bunch of other cool features, such as playback control, volume adjustment, and the ability to go forward or backward in an episode.
Covered for iOS, free or $ 10 per month for an ad-free version