Garmin adds SPOTIFY : finally, mostly.

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Spotify have produced a CIQ app for selected Garmin devices. It’s available now.

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Spotify is a big music streaming service, especially in the EU. I have to say I am pleasantly surprised that Garmin have this all agreed with Spotify in 2018. I understood that there were licensing and other competitive issues (eg Samsung!) that could have delayed this…obviously not.

This is an important move for Garmin and music-loving runners

It’s also great that dynamic playlists are supported.


My guess is this ‘problem; will be sorted out very quickly and all the above devices will be supported before Christmas.

  • Spotify PREMIUM users only
  • Offline storage limits on your watch
  • Requires a paried smartphone
  • It’s not a true end-to-end streaming service. The music/podcast files must be sync’d to your Garmin device either by WiFi or Garmin Connect (mobile, desktop).

The end-to-end problem can only be solved by Garmin releasing a device that contains cellular connectivity (an envisaged Fenix 6 or Forerunner 945 perhaps?). That will come but it is not imminent – Apple Watch and some WearOS devices already do this.


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