When training or walking the dog in the evening, you don’t need a cell phone to listen to music anymore. Today, there are sports watches, fitness trackers, and MP3 players that allow you to listen to music on the go without having to lug your phone with you. Unlike the classic automatic watches (where you might want to buy a 6 watch winder), these sports watches are equipped with the latest technology to bring music with you anytime, anywhere.
Music and podcasts make the walk, the walk, or the run more relaxed. But does the big smartphone always have to be with you? Or can you simply connect Bluetooth headphones (theme world) to a sports watch or fitness tracker and listen to music via them? The latter finally works with smartwatches like the Apple Watch 6 (review) or a Google OS watch without any problems, why doesn’t it also work with sports watches or fitness trackers?
In fact, the topic of music on the sports watch is a bit more complicated than you might think. Especially the cheap devices know Bluetooth only for the exchange of fitness data, and audio streaming is not provided. Often, providers advertise with brands like Spotify, but in most cases, this only means that you can control Spotify playback on another device on the same Wi-Fi. Accordingly, it is important that in addition to an “integrated music control”, you make sure that the respective devices have an internal music memory.
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In addition, the feature may change with new generations of devices. The fitness trackers Fitbit Versa (review) and Fitbit Versa 2 (review) come with local music storage to which you could either copy songs manually via the Windows app or sync them from a Deezer Premium account. With the change to the FitbitVersa 3 (review), this feature was unfortunately omitted, from this variant there is only a remote control via software.
Another manufacturer that regularly brings good products with music support is Garmin (theme world). In addition to the upper class, such as the Garmin Fenix 6s (review), the cheaper Garmin watches also have a local music memory, examples would be the Garmin VenuSq Music (review) or the Garmin Venu 2 (review). Via the App Store Connect IQ, you can also download apps for Spotify, Deezer, or Amazon Music to Garmin sports watches. They synchronize with the services via Wi-Fi and download playlists, for example. However, you need a premium account with the respective streaming provider for access to work at all. It is practical that you can see in the apps in the Connect IQ Store which sports watches are compatible.