Spotify offline playback arrives on Garmin's fēnix 5 Plus GPS smartwatch

Garmin's fēnix 5 Plus smartwatch was already a great option for music lovers. Along with its ability to receive notifications directly from your smartphone, it's also capable of storing and playing 500 songs on its own. After connecting with a pair of Bluetooth headphones, such as the Apple AirPods, you can begin listening to music wirelessly without your phone around. This week though, it gets even better.

Spotify is now available to download on the Connect IQ store for fēnix 5 Plus series smartwatch owners. Unlike the Spotify app on iOS, you will need a Spotify Premium membership to use it. Once the app is downloaded, you'll be able to listen or download songs for offline playback, so you can even rock out while in the middle of nowhere. Your favorite playlists can be synced to your watch as well.

If you're not a Spotify Premium member yet, there are a few ways you can sign up. Spotify offers a free 30-day trial for new members and then charges $9.99 monthly for high-quality, ad-free audio with unlimited skips and more. Then again, if you're also a fan of Hulu, there's a plan offering a membership to both services for just $12.99 monthly. Hulu is currently priced at $6 per month separately. Students with a valid .EDU email address can get that same bundle (plus Showtime) for only $4.99 a month. That's definitely the way to go if possible.

Over at Wareable, the Garmin fēnix 5 Plus garnered a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, concluding that "it's not without faults, but the Fenix 5 Plus is still the sports watch to beat."

Alex Smith

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