The US-based music streaming service Pandora has launched a standalone Apple Watch app. The new app allows users to stream music and podcasts directly from the watch without the iPhone. The app is available for download from the new App Store app on watchOS 6. Pandora today is one of the biggest music streaming apps. It was acquired by SiriusXM in 2018. The music streaming service in the United States features free, ad-supported radio. Pandora offers two paid tiers — Pandora Plus and Pandora Premium. Pandora Plus is an ad-free radio and available for USD 4.99 per month. Pandora Premium comes with on-demand music and podcasts for USD 12.99 per month.
The latest feature is available for Pandora Premium users. Pandora said users will have to update to the latest version 2002.1 of its watchOS player to get the streaming support. Users will, however, require a WiFi connection if the Apple Watch is not a cellular model. The feature is extended to users running watchOS 6 or above. According to Pandora, the app is being rolled to a small group of users initially. It will be extended to all soon. Before Pandora launched a standalone app, the watchOS 6 made it possible for third-parties to offer streaming audio support on the wrist wearable. Also, another way to listen to Pandora music was to download it to the watch’s memory.
Pandora had launched the Apple Watch app a year ago with support for listening to music offline. Streaming music directly from the watch was not possible. The latest update fulfills a highly requested feature from its users. Pandora said the app will offer more flexibility to users to listen to their favorite music without downloading to the watch when the iPhone is not in the range. Notably, Apple is the only company other than Pandora to provide a similar feature for Apple Music subscribers. Another popular media services provider Spotify launched its Apple Watch app in 2018. But it doesn’t offer features similar to Pandora’s. Spotify has now said that an offline mode was coming soon.