Fitbit will soon no longer let you transfer music from your PC

If you’re the proprietor of a Fitbit Versa, Versa 2, or Ionic, you’ll soon no longer be capable of transfer music from your pc to your Fitbit gadget. In a assist web page noticed by 9to5Google, Fitbit says it’s discontinuing its Fitbit Connect app, leaving you with solely two methods to obtain music to your gadget: a paid subscription to both Pandora or Deezer.

Fitbit Connect is a companion app for Mac and Windows computer systems that lets you sync health information between gadgets and transfer music to legacy Fitbit gadgets. Fitbit has slowly been phasing out the software program in favor of its cell app, because it no longer recommends that customers obtain it on its setup web page.

But with out entry to Connect, there’s no option to obtain music to your Fitbit with no paid subscription to both Pandora or Deezer. On its assist web page, Fitbit says “you may be eligible for a 90-day trial” of both service, which will run you $9.99 / month for Deezer Premium or $4.99 / month for Pandora Plus as soon as the trial’s over.

This change doesn’t have an effect on newer Fitbit fashions, nevertheless, as they don’t include the choice to transfer information between your PC and Fitbit gadget (gadgets just like the Versa 3 and Sense already solely let you obtain music by means of Deezer or Pandora). If you personal an older Fitbit that has the power to retailer music, you’ll nonetheless get entry to the music information you have on your Fitbit gadget proper now — you simply gained’t be capable of obtain any further songs with out Pandora or Deezer previous the October deadline.

Many customers use their Fitbit gadgets to manage the music they’re enjoying on their smartphone, whether or not they’re streaming music by means of Spotify or listening to songs already downloaded on their cellphone. But nonetheless, accessing native music information can come in useful if you’re listening to music offline or need to use your Fitbit with out your smartphone.

While Fitbit doesn’t clarify why it’s eliminating Fitbit Connect, it’s doable that there simply isn’t sufficient demand to maintain the service up and working. Google (Fitbit’s father or mother firm) didn’t instantly reply to The Verge’s request for remark.

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