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By Peter Knapp

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Finally, take your Apple Watch and run with your favorite podcast and leave the iPhone at home. This works now synonymous without annoying transmission process through iTunes synchronization.

WatchPlayer transfers podcast episodes to the Apple Watch. These can be heard there without the direct connection with the iPhone. The podcast will be played in the background on the Apple Watch. The workout app can run simultaneously.

Thats how it works:
- Subscribe to a podcast in the app (feedlink must be known)
- Download the episode
- Transfer episode to the Apple Watch (this will take time and can vary depending on connection)

The app does not use trackers or other analytical tools. All rights and obligations are the responsibility of the respective podcast authors. The app represents only the functionality of the transmission to the Apple Watch.

What's New in Version 1.1.0

Watch Player version 1.1.0

-> After updating to 1.1.x, the status display for the episodes already downloaded before the update on the iPhone and possibly already transmitted episodes does not work.
-> Shortly before the end of a transmission, very crazy numbers can be displayed. As described below, this is more of a hack than a feature. :)

-> Improved transfer method inkl. display of the status.
-> Use of all methods provided by Apple for determination of the status.
-> OPML Import of podcast feeds via the iOS sharing menu (for example, Castro or Overcast).
-> Podcast episodes are displayed with a transmission status.
-> Improved UI.
-> Podcasts with identical filenames per episode can now be processed.
-> VIDEO podcasts can now be transmitted to and played directly on the Apple Watch.
-> The content of the podcast feed is now displayed completely (your welcome, Martin).
-> Podcasts can now also be deleted on the Apple Watch individually with a ForceTouch in the play screen.
-> New additional tip level
-> Use of the recent review system.

-> Display status transmission
The display of the progress of the transfer is actually a hack. The value of the percentage display is calculated from the difference between the bytes to be transferred and the available memory space on the Apple Watch and is therefore not exact and varies. There is no method provided by Apple to measure the progress. The exchange of the values ​​from the Apple Watch to the iPhone happens whenever the Apple Watch screen appears (wakes up). This process does not run in the background by default from Apple.
-> Transfer speed
There is no way to change or prioritize the speed of the transmission. The transmission is via Bluetooth. If you switch off Bluetooth, while the Apple Watch and the iPhone is in the same WLAN, iOS uses the faster WLAN connection as a transmission route.

Watch Player all versions

-> iPhone App transmits the podcast episodes to the Apple Watch.
-> On the iPhone you can not listen to episodes, only after transfer locally on the Apple Watch.
-> The Apple WatchWatch Player app runs in the background. For example, run the workout app in parallel.
-> With a touch on the episode on the iPhone you can change the start time (before the transfer).
-> In addition to downloading podcast feed episodes, you can store files on the iPhone via iTunes File Sharing.
-> Delete episodes on the iPhone by swiping to the left.
-> Delete episodes on the AppleWatch by ForceTouch on the episodescreen.
-> The player on the Apple Watch is not freely configurable for developers. The 5 sec. skip is unfortunately fixed.

(C) Peter Knapp, 2017


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Customer Reviews

I owed the developer a review

I don't write reviews but this developers hobby has solved my biggest negative with the Apple Watch. Why a podcast app wasn't included is beyond me and apps like overcast have missed the point I don't want to control my podcast with my watch I want to listen untethered. Thanks to Watch Player I can the developer admits this is a hobby but the UI improvements are huge and this is a viable way to listen to podcast on a long walk without the phone. I am happy to pay for this and wish nothing but the best for the developer.


I've been waiting forever for an app like this one! While you can transfer podcasts to the Apple Watch using iTunes by converting podcasts files to MP3 and syncing them as a playlist, the process is way too cumbersome. This app lets you easily look up and subscribe to podcasts by title on your iPhone, add individual episodes to a list, and sync them directly to your watch for offline playback without any hassle of converting files to MP3 or creating a playlist in iTunes. Yay!!!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!!

This Update Solved Many Gripes!

One of my biggest issues with the previous version of this app was the lack of a sync status of the various podcasts headed over to the watch. The inclusion of a status % on both the phone app and on the watch has been great. The sync times are still pretty awful, but that isn't the fault of the developer. This is one of the only apps I've ever stopped to actually review and pay for with pleasure :).

Watch Player
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Offers Apple Watch App for iPhone
  • Free
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.1.0
  • Size: 23.8 MB
  • Apple Watch: Yes
  • Languages: English, German
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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