How to Stream Apple Music to Garmin Forerunner Watch

Posted by Adam Gorden on Nov 5, 2019 5:18 PM
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Garmin Forerunner Music Series - Run with the Music

The phone is something shall be left behind in your home when you are running or working out. A Smartwatch is enough. Forerunner Music series is one of the most popular Garmin smartwatches. You can get a hint from the name of what they for. "Forerunner", for runner. And Garmin put "Music" behind the name to tell you that Forerunner Music Series is designed with great music supports.

Forerunner 945 and Forerunner 245 can play Spotify, Deezer, and Amazon Music. As for Forerunner 645, it is a relatively old series and it only works with the iHeartRadio app. With music streaming service feature, you can sync your carefully crafted playlists to your watch for more ad-free listening.

Besides that, Forerunner Music Series also allows you to transfer music from your computer and then queue up your favorite playlist for easy listening through true wireless earbuds or Bluetooth headphones. Forerunner 245 and Forerunner 645 both can store more than 500 songs, which means that you can easily access to the 500 songs offline. And the storage for Forerunner 945 even reaches 1,000 songs.

Just one question, how about Apple Music? Neither the music streaming feature and offline music storage is an option for Apple Music users. Since Garmin Forerunner doesn't support to stream Apple Music and Apple Music songs are in protected M4P format. Even if you download Apple Music to Garmin watch, they are still unplayable. So, what should we do to fix this?

TunesKit DRM Audio Converter is the key to the question. TunesKit can help you download the Apple Music song and convert them to MP3 and AAC, which are the only two formats accepted by Forerunner Watch. Take a look at the steps below!

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How to Stream Apple Music to Garmin Forerunner Watch

Step 1 Add Apple Music to TunesKit

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First, please download and install TunesKit DRM Audio Converter from the above link. There are two buttons to import audios, one for Apple Music song, iTunes audiobooks, and Audible audiobooks. Another one is for DRM-free audios. To add Apple music, please click the "Music Note" button. Before importing them to TunesKit, please download the songs you wish to convert and authorize iTunes to play them on your computer.

Step 2 Customize Audio Output Format

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The Format panel is at the bottom left of the converter. MP3 is the recommended output format. Open it and you can select the output format other parameters for your files in the pop-up window. If you want to keep the song short or make some changes, you can cut it before the conversion. Click the "Edit" icon at the end of each column of the audio track enables you to do some editing and add some special effects to your audios. When you are all set, please click on "OK" to save the settings.

Step 3 Convert Apple Music Songs to MP3

add apple music files

Simply hit on "Convert" at the bottom right and wait for a few seconds. When the conversion process is done, the converted files can be found in the history folder and then you can save them locally.

Step 4 Add Apple Music to Garmin Forerunner Watch

sync music to garmin smartwatch

1. Use the included USB cable to connect Garmin Forerunner and your computer.

2. Install and launch the 'Garmin Express app' on your computer.

3. Click 'Music', and from the 'My Music' or 'iTunes Library' list, select an audio file category (e.g., Songs, Playlists, etc.).

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5. Click the checkboxes next to the desired audio file(s) then click 'Send to Device'.

Now, you really can leave your phone behind when you head out for a run, because the Apple Music that keeps you moving is right there on your wrist.

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