Exercise just got a lot more comfortable. Pandora Premium subscribers can now stream music and podcasts directly from their Apple Watch without the help of an iPhone. So long as you have a Wi-Fi or mobile data connection, freedom is right at your wrist.
Pandora debuted its fancy new Apple Watch app a little over a month ago. The app already had some offline listening features, but this push toward streaming feels like a massive (and quite natural) upgrade.
While Apple Music and Podcasts listeners can already stream audio directly to their Apple Watch, fans of Spotify, Google Play, YouTube Music, and Tidal are still sitting in the dark ages. Spotify’s Apple Watch app is still just a remote control for the iPhone, and other streaming services are yet to release standalone Apple Watch apps. If you’ve been thinking about switching to Pandora, now might be the time to take the leap.
Of course, other streaming services will eventually offer direct Apple Watch streaming. The new WatchOS 6, which allows developers to publish standalone Apple Watch apps, was only released a few months ago. Pandora is just the first company to cross the finish line.