Best Apple Watch Music Apps for 2022

Apple Music on Apple Watch
Apple Music on Apple Watch (Image credit: iMore)

Your Apple Watch can help you get things done, but sometimes, you're the most productive when you have the right song playing.

Don't go through your life without music: Download these excellent Apple Watch music apps and take your favorite tunes with you!

Apple Watch Music app

You can always trust iMore. Our team of Apple experts have years of experience testing all kinds of tech and gadgets, so you can be sure our recommendations and criticisms are accurate and helpful. Find out more about how we test.

Straight from the source, the Music app is the best music app for Apple Watch: It lets you control your music from your wrist and also access specific playlists you've loaded to your device.

You can sync over the weekly playlists that Apple curates for you — New Music Mix, Favorites Mix, and Chill Mix — and you can even automatically sync the albums and playlists that you listen to a lot with the Heavy Rotation playlist or any playlists or albums you choose to sync over manually. Plus, any of the synced content will be available even when it's not connected to your iPhone or data.

Of course, a big reason the Apple Music for Apple Watch is so useful is the ability to control your music from your wrist without having to touch your iPhone. Skip tracks, adjust the volume, play and pause music all from your wrist meaning you can keep your phone in your pocket, bag, or purse and still enjoy your music with ease.

Apple Music starts with a three-month free trial, but if you like the service and want to keep it, you'll need to pay at least $9.99 a month.

Pandora Radio

Pandora Radio is a huge music streaming service that revolves around creating "radio stations" based on the genres and artists that you enjoy.

The Pandora Apple Watch app lets you control your playback with ease right on your wrist, and you can even give tracks a thumbs up or thumbs down to indicate whether you like the song or not.

Whether you want to browse the popular stations of the day, or you create a new station for yourself, you can find them on the Apple Watch and listen to them with the tap of your finger. Pandora will also send you notifications with suggests of new stuff to listen to right to your wrist so that you can discover new music with ease.

The Pandora Radio app is free to download but does require a monthly subscription, and as of May 28th, 2018, you can now add a Premium Family plan for $14.99 a month. On top of having Premium features, the family plan also has an Our Soundtrack feature, which selects certain tunes based on family member's listening habits.


Have you ever been in a coffee shop, restaurant, or pub and have been curious about what song they are playing in the background? Shazam is the app that answers that burning question. "What song is that?".

Simple in execution, just launch the Shazam app on your Apple Watch and tap the screen. The app will listen to the music it's hearing (the clearer the music, the better) and identify the song that's playing. From there, you can listen to a small clip of the song right on your wrist to make sure it's the right one.

TuneIn Radio Pro

Are you an avid radio listener? Do you like music, talk, and sports radio? TuneIn Radio Pro is the app for you!

TuneIn Radio Pro gives you access to thousands of radio stations broadcasting all different type of genres across the country. Whether you like sports, country, EDM, news, or anything else, you'll find a station on TuneIn Radio Pro. Plus, it also has a wide selection of podcasts available right in the app.

The Apple Watch can control the playback, find stations and podcasts, and even search through your favorites, making easy to listen to the radio anywhere and anytime!

djay 2 for iPhone

If you're looking for a little more control of your music, and feel like mixing some of your tunes, djay 2 for iPhone can let you be your DJ from your wrist!

It seamlessly integrates with your iTunes music library (meaning you have to own the songs, not just have an Apple Music account) or through Spotify to give you a list of tracks that you can mix and mash. Sync up the beats, add effects, and even "scratch" the record all from your wrist.

You also can let djay 2 auto-DJ your entire playlist, meaning the music will crossfade and blend the tracks together, so the music never stops.

$1.99 - Download Now

How do you listen to your tunes on the Apple Watch?

Let us know in the comments below!

Luke Filipowicz
Staff Writer

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 

Luke knows he spends more time on Twitter than he probably should, so feel free to follow him or give him a shout on social media @LukeFilipowicz.