Garmin has announced it is adding Spotify support to compatible Garmin music watches. The first to benefit from the upgrade will be the Fenix 5 Plus line.
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Swedish-based Spotify Technology launched the service some 10 years ago. Since then it has become available in 65 regions, making it the world’s largest music streaming service. There is a freemium option with basic features and advertisements, and a paid subscription service. This offers music downloads and improved streaming quality.
Fenix 5 Plus series owners can now store audio for offline listening. When connected to Wi-Fi premium Spotify account holders can create and sync playlists and access them through the Spotify app on their watch. New customers can try out service at no cost for a limited period.
Up to now Fenix 5 Plus users were limited to streaming Deezer and iHeartRadio. But there was no way of downloading music and storing it on the watch.
“Spotify is the most popular music streaming service in the world, and we are excited to collaborate with them to provide our customers with even more ways to listen to their songs while on the go,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales.
“Whether you’re a rock, pop, classical or country music fan, with access to millions of tracks on Spotify, we know Garmin users will be able to find something that suits their mood.”
The Spotify app is available now in the Connect IQ store. As mentioned, it only works with the Fenix 5 Plus. It probably won’t be too long, though, before the functionality ports over to the Forerunner 645 and Vivoactive 3 Music, Garmin’s other watches with offline storage for music.
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