In what will surely come as a disappointment to many, Fitbit has said on its Forums that it has no immediate plans to bring music storage to Sense and Versa 3.
For those not in the know, the duo comes with built-in GPS which allows for phone-free running. But the watches do not have the ability to store music for offline playback like Ionic.
Fitbit has launched the two devices late last year. Sense can probably be considered as the successor to the Ionic. The later is a popular device, that was far ahead of its time when it was launched back in September 2017. In fact, for a long time it was the only Fitbit device with built-in GPS. That, of course, has changed with the launch of Charge 4 and now Sense and Versa 3.
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The other great Ionic feature is that it has offline storage for music. Around 2.5GB of it which is enough for around 300 songs. This is done by downloading music from Pandora or transferring it manually from a Mac or Windows PC. You can then play songs back to Bluetooth wireless headphones for a perfect phone-free experience. The same is the case for Versa 2 in case you were wondering.
Can music storage also be found on Sense and Versa 3?
Sense and Versa 3 are full to the brim with fitness sensors, particularly Sense. They come with a multi-path optical heart rate sensor (that allows for raw HRV readings), ECG sensor, EDA sensor, skin temperature sensor, SpO2 and much more. So in that aspect Sense and Versa 3 are a vast upgrade over the aging Ionic.
But what about offline storage for music? The watches, of course, have built-in memory because they have to handle the OS and other things. But can some of this be used for songs? Here’s what Fitbit has to say.
So the short answer is – no. It’s not possible to store your music playlists on the Sense and Versa 3 like you can on some other smartwatches.
There’s a way around it, though, but it is not ideal. Deezer allows you to upload your MP3s to the platform so you then have access through the service. Pandora Plus or Pandora Premium have this as well, but there’s a monthly cost for all of these premium accounts. Spotify only allows you to control music from the watch so you need an internet connection.
Those that like to run or cycle without their phones would love to see offline music support. It is a silly thing to overlook, especially considering the new watches have built-in GPS. After all, both the predecessor of Sense (Ionic) and Versa 3 (Versa 2) have it.
Does Fitbit has plans to bring music storage to Sense & Versa 3?
Many are hoping music storage is implemented as a software update. In every other aspect, Sense and Versa 3 are a big upgrade over anything Fitbit has manufactured so far.
Hower this seems extremely unlikely – at least in the near future. Some 1,043 votes were cast on the Suggested Features section of the Fitbit forum for music storage functionality. Today, 236 days after the origininal suggestion was posted on the forum, Fitbit finally clarified that it has no plans to bring the ability to load your personal music onto Fitbit Versa 3 and Sense.
The status of the suggestion has been marked as “Not currently planned”. Previously it was set to “Reviewed by Moderator”. If it’s any consolation, Fitbit has left the option to vote for the feature. Which still leaves some hope they might introduce music storage on Sense and Versa at some point in the future.
“While we don’t currently have plans to release this feature, we always appreciate the passion and creativity that comes out of this Community. Since we know this idea is important to many of you, we have left voting open to continue tracking interest and will post another update if anything changes.”
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