Fitbit Versa, Versa 2, and Ionic fitness trackers owners won’t be able to transfer music from a PC. In a Fitbit support page spotted by 9to5Google, Fitbit says it’s terminating its Fitbit Connect app on October 13. You’ll need a paid subscription to Pandora or Deezer to download music to your device.
Fitbit Connect helps you sync fitness data between devices and transfer music to legacy Fitbit devices. Fitbit no longer promotes downloading the programme in favour of its mobile app on its setup page.
If you don’t have Connect, you can’t download music to your Fitbit without a Pandora or Deezer subscription. On its support page, Fitbit claims “you may be eligible for a 90-day trial” of either service, which will cost $9.99 (Rs. 716.13)/month for Deezer Premium or $4.99 (Rs. 397.04)/month for Pandora Plus when the trial ends.
This change doesn’t affect newer Fitbit models, which don’t allow file transfers (devices like the Versa 3 and Sense already let you download music through Deezer or Pandora). If you have an older Fitbit that can store music, you’ll still be able to listen to the songs you already have, but you won’t be able to get new songs after October without using Pandora or Deezer.
Many Fitbit users manage the music on their smartphones, whether they’re streaming Spotify or listening to downloaded tracks. Local music files can be useful if you’re listening offline or using your Fitbit without a phone.