Spotify arrives on Garmin watches, starting with the Fenix Plus line

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Since 2016 Spotify's app has been exclusive to Samsung’s smartwatches, but that’s about to change. The most popular streaming service has just arrived on Garmin's latest line of Fenix running watches.

The Spotify app, which is available to download right now from the Garmin Connect IQ store, will let Premium subscribers download music to the Fenix 5 Plus, 5S Plus and 5X Plus sports watches, so you can listen to your tunes without taking your phone along.

Read this: How to get Spotify on Garmin watches

If you're not a Premium user it sounds like you'll be able to browse your library on the watch, but you won't get offline access, which is the key thing here.

Garmin already offers Deezer and iHeartRadio support on several of its running watches, but users have been hankering for Spotify for a long while. And with Garmin adding more features that make its watches less dependent on the phone, like Garmin Pay, Spotify support marks a significant step forward in these ambitions.

While Spotify is only available on the latest Fenix range the company told me that more models will be supported soon. We’ve asked if there’s any limit to the offline storage and will update this story if we get an answer.

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Hugh is now a correspondent at Business Insider.

Prior to Wareable, Hugh freelanced while studying, writing about bad indie bands and slightly better movies. He found his way into tech journalism at the beginning of the wearables boom, when everyone was talking about Google Glass and the Oculus Rift was merely a Kickstarter campaign - and has been fascinated ever since.

He’s particularly interested in VR and any fitness tech that will help him (eventually) get back into shape. Hugh has also written for T3, Wired, Total Film, Little White Lies and China Daily.


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