Pandora Apple Watch app can now stream music without a phone


Streaming service Pandora has launched a new ‘standalone’ app for the Apple Watch, which will let people stream music and podcasts directly to the smartwatch rather than via an iPhone.

“The standalone Pandora app means that you can control your personalized listening experience directly on your Apple Watch without needing to pull out your phone to play, pause, or skip songs, or pick up where you left off on your favorite podcasts,” explained Pandora in a blog post.

But people don’t even need their iPhone in their pocket to use the app either. This may seem a bit of a niche idea: even with jogging, the commonly-cited example for this kind of thing, we wonder how many people leave their phones at home and venture out just with their smartwatch. Still, Pandora is one of the first streaming services to capitalise on the Apple Watch’s standalone mobile connectivity, and we suspect it won’t be the last.

Stuart Dredge

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