Fitbit has announced that it will discontinue the ability to sync its wearable with PCs and Macs, preventing users from downloading their own music from their computers to their devices.
Fitbit declared it will kill off the feature on October 13, writing on your website (opens in new tab) that “we are removing the option to sync your Fitbit device with the Fitbit Connect app on your computer. Download and use the Fitbit app on your phone to sync your device.”
So how do you import your own music into your best Fitbit without doing it the old-fashioned way, with a cable and your computer? The short answer is: you don’t.
Fitbit writes in its help page (opens in new tab) for music and podcasts that “On October 13, 2022, we are removing the option to transfer playlists to your Fitbit watch via your computer. You can continue to play personal music stored on your watch and transfer music to your watch with the Deezer app and the Pandora app.”
These apps don’t exactly have the biggest user bases, so it seems like a really short-sighted move to get people to subscribe to even more streaming services and subscriptions to access the basic functions of your watch ad-free, as if you were paying for Fitbit Premium no longer. it was enough. How many paywalls can a wearable reasonably expect people to ignore, in addition to buying the tracker itself?
However, I believe Fitbit will be working on it very soon. Anyone who has followed the Fitbit closely in recent years knows that it was acquired by Google, and there are a number of new devices (thought of as the Fitbit Sense 2, Inspire 3 and Fitbit Versa 4) on their way to launch very soon. .
While these are very unlikely to be true Wear OS watches, they could at least have Spotify and YouTube Music offline enabled, covering a wide range of streaming services so you can at least get your music. somewhere.
If you’re a Fitbit owner with an older device who likes to listen to your music library on the device, you have two months to fill this thing with as many songs as possible before the cutoff point on October 13th. Fitbit will not delete your existing music library, but will disable Fitbit Connect on this date, the software app that lets you connect your device to your computer.
Fitbit obviously has its reasons for doing this, and it must have gleaned from the data its devices collect that more people use streaming services on their devices than listen to music natively. I don’t know how big a section of the Fitbit user base downloads their own music onto their watch, but I suspect it’s not very big. It’s likely that with new devices on the horizon, it’s rushing to embrace a new status quo.
Even so, it will annoy some long-term users at a time when the Fitbit just can’t seem to get out of its own way. Even though we can’t wait to see Fitbit’s new devices in September, between issues with the Charge 5, the Ionic recall, its terrible graphics update that convinced its users they had sleep apnea, and now this, the wearables maker it certainly seems to be having some technical issues at the moment.
We hope these are just early issues caused by Alphabet’s acquisition of the brand, not long-term issues. Otherwise, the most popular name in fitness tracking is about to have another bad year.