Fitbit owners who like to sync their fitness tracker with a computer to allow listening to downloaded music offline without a monthly fee may soon need to change their approach.
as seen by 9to5Google on Saturday, Fitbit will no longer allow users to sync their devices to a computer beginning in October.
“On October 13, 2022, we will remove the option to sync your Fitbit device with the Fitbit Connect app on your computer,” a Fitbit Support page reads “Download and use the Fitbit app on your phone to sync your device.”
Fitbit Connect desktop software allows you to transfer music from your computer to your wearable device if you have a compatible watch. Newer devices, like the Fitbit Sense Y Versa 3cannot store downloaded music.
After October, older Fitbits owners like the Fitbit Versa Y Versa 2, you’ll also have to rely on subscriptions to not-so-popular offline music services. “After you disable the Fitbit Connect app on your computer, you can continue to stream music to your watch through the Deezer app. Customers in the United States can also use the Pandora app,” Fitbit said. Support page He says.
Both Deezer and Pandora require monthly subscriptions to download music for offline listening, with rates starting at $10 per month after eligible trial periods.
Remember, Fitbits doesn’t yet let you add music you’ve downloaded through streaming services, though you can control music on your smartphone with a Fitbit.
The new limitation should not last forever. When Google acquired Fitbit In 2021, the fitness tracker company confirmed that Fitbits running Wear OS by Google are on the way Wear OS has offline support for Spotify Premium and YouTube Music subscribers.
The death of the Fitbit Connect desktop app will mean that Fitbit users who managed to avoid the brand’s mobile app will have fewer options. An increasingly subscription-centric market has been around for a long time. Fitbit Connect is still downloadable on Windows 10 and Mac OS X, but the company says the Fitbit app for iPhone and Android offers the “best experience.”
For now, you can still download and listen to music from your Fitbit; you just won’t be able to add more songs after October.