I'm still working toward my goal of being able to leave my phone in a locker while I work out. Despite the gains of WatchOS 5, it appears that my only real option for music without my phone being nearby is Apple Music (the service) or moving audio files to the watch manually with Apple Music (the app). I'd prefer not to have Apple Music installed on my phone. Googling reveals a lot of articles from the Series 3 release saying that this should be possible now, but I've not found any actual solutions.

Actual Question

Can I listen to music from my Apple Watch without having my phone nearby and without requiring Apple Music be installed on my phone?

  • I'm a little confused as to what your question is exactly? Are you looking for an app to listen to music on your Watch or you already have an app and it's not working correctly?
    – fsb
    Jan 17, 2019 at 17:59
  • Fair enough and thanks for saying so. I always struggle to find the balance between adding context and cluttering up the question. It's hopefully improved now, but to answer your question, I'm looking for an app that isn't Apple Music.
    – grovberg
    Feb 4, 2019 at 17:36
  • Have you tried Spotify? Does your watch have cellular data?
    – dwightk
    Feb 4, 2019 at 18:08
  • To leave your Watch in a locker while you work out, and without putting music directly on the device, you need a cellular Watch. If cellular, I 'believe' you should be able to use Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Tune-In Radio. Have you tried any of those?
    – fsb
    Feb 4, 2019 at 19:28
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    @dwightk It does look like Pandora added offline playback last month (Jan 2019) and it does meet my criteria. I'll clarify for others who may find this that it does require a paid subscription and does not support streaming to the watch. But thanks for the tip!
    – grovberg
    Feb 7, 2019 at 16:56

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MixTape turns out to be an excellent solution that costs only $3.


I'm not sure what changed between now and Feb 5th when I first tried it (and commented above) when literally nothing worked but I tried it again today and it worked perfectly for my needs.

As pointed out by @dwightk, Pandora as of 2019 does not support streaming directly to the watch, but does allow you to manually transfer songs to the watch for offline, phone-free listening if you are a Premium subscriber.

So far those are the only two solutions I can find.

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