Smart Watches; Best Options for Music While Exercising with No Phone

Hi all! I hate taking my phone on runs. Are there any good smart watches that can store/play music via a connected Bluetooth headset without a phone? Preferably without a paid subscription, anything I’ve seen with this capability can only play music via Pandora… All help greatly appreciated!!

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    Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music uses Spotify.

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      Yep I’ve got this ^ and it does the job pretty well

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      Do note that Spotify on Garmin requires Spotify Premium account, which is a subscription service. Vivoactive 3 Music can also store ~500 songs, but I found Bluetooth headphones connectivity a bit spotty.

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    Fitbit versa allows you to put around 300 mp3 files on it.

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      I have one and like many others the music is always choppy and unlistenable. I would not recommend this.

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    Fitbit Ionic can store music on the watch and connect to earphones via Bluetooth.

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      I have the Ionic and the process you have to go through to add your own songs to it is ludicrous. Have to connect direct to PC. Not worth it.

      I want to go for a Samsung watch as I have an S10 5G and transferring the music across will be much, much easier. Alternatively getting a wear os watch will mean you should be able to get access to your google play music subscription (if you have that).

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    Have you tried running without music? Once I get in the zone, I can't hear the music anyway. So I've stopped taking my phone and earphones when I go for a run now and its become a kind of running meditation. YMMV

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    Ive had the Samsung gear s3 frontier for almost 18 months now. Drag and drop any music files from my galaxy phone to the watch super easy. Can also get the spotify app on it.
    Great choice if you have a samsung phone. The design and battery is also great

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    I used a Gear S3 and an App called MusicMate, I can transfer downloaded songs from my Google Play Music subscription over to the watch then connect it to my watch and listen to music that way.

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    Thanks everyone! Thinking I will grab the Ionic as I don’t have a Samsung phone…

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    Got Huawei Watch 2. I use Google Play to upload my music using my laptop, then download it onto the watch and use Bluetooth earphones to listen while running. No connection required. As a bonus, it records your location history and syncs with either Google Health or other logger app so you can review your history later. You will need a phone to manage the watch, I am not sure if it works with iPhone, mine's Android.

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