Apple promised that its new Apple Watch with phone-free, LTE service would be able to stream music directly from the watch. If you purchased the Apple Watch Series 3, you probably noticed that Apple didn't make good on that promise. But now, more than a month after its launch, music streaming is finally happening.
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Apple's latest software update allows you to stream music. The watchOS 4.1 update gives LTE-enabled Series 3 watches the ability to stream music directly from the device. Unfortunately, you won't be able to stream using Pandora, Spotify, Google Play Music, or other non Apple services. The update is strictly for the subscription-based Apple Music service, which costs $10 a month, or the free new Radio app.
Through the Radio app, you can stream Beats One and three live radio stations, including CBS Radio, ESPN, and NPR, along with other Apple Radio stations from the Music app.
The update also "syncs fitness data with GymKit-enabled treadmills, ellipticals, stair steppers, and indoor bikes for more accurate distance, pace, and energy burn metrics," according to the release notes. It also lets you disconnect from a Wi-Fi network in Control Center for Apple Watch Series 3, fixes an issue with Heart Rate notification, and addresses an issue that prevented the 1st generation Apple Watch from charging for some users.
It's not the most exciting update ever, but it's better than nothing.