How to Play Apple Music on Garmin Forerunner Watch

By Noah Brown

Updated on March 8, 2022

Forerunner music series is one of the most popular Garmin smartwatches. With this series of smartwatches, you can monitor your heart rate and trace your daily activity. Forerunner 945, Forerunner 645, and Forerunner 245 allow you to play Spotify, Deezer, and Amazon Music when you are running or working out. How about playing Apple Music on Garmin Forerunner Watch? Luckily, in this post, we will introduce an effective way to help you listen to Apple Music on Garmin watch.


Part 1. Can You Put Apple Music on a Garmin Watch?

Apple Music is a subscription-based service similar to services provided by Spotify or Amazon Music. However, Apple Music is not supported on Garmin music devices since Apple Music doesn’t offer its services to the Garmin music series. Besides, those protected Apple music files cannot be transferred to Garmin watches without removing the DRM (digital rights management) designation from Apple Music. So, you are not able to listen to Apple Music on a Garmin watch directly.


Part 2. How to Transfer iTunes Music to Garmin Watch

Although Apple Music is not supported on Garmin music watches, you are allowed to put songs you have purchased from the iTunes Store on the watch for playing. If you have purchased some songs in the iTunes Store, you can use Garmin Express to sync your watch with your Apple iTunes library on your computer.

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Step 1. Launch iTunes on your computer and then go to Edit > Preferences.

Step 2. Click on the Advanced tab and check the box Share iTunes Library XML with other applications.

Step 3. Click on the OK button to save your changes and connect your watch to the computer.

Step 4. Open Garmin Express and select Add a Device to add your Garmin watch.

Step 5. Go to select songs you want to sync from the iTunes library and start syncing.


Part 3. Best Method to Get Apple Music on Garmin Watch

Featuring a music player, Garmin watches support several audio file types, including MP3, M4A, MAB, AAC, ADTS, WAV, M3U, M3U8, WPL, ZPL, and PLS. So, if you want to listen to Apple Music on Garmin watches, you need to remove DRM from Apple Music and convert Apple Music songs to MP3 or other Garmin-supported formats. Then you can upload Apple Music files to Garmin watches for listening with your headphones.

So, how can we achieve the download and conversion of Apple Music? Here Tunelf Audio Converter can help you resolve this issue. Tunelf Audio Converter can enable you to convert Apple Music, iTunes audios, and Audible audiobooks, as well as, common audio files to several popular audio formats. Let’s know about the main features of Tunelf Audio Converter from the below introduction.

Key Features of Tunelf Audio Converter

  • Remove built-in DRM protection from Audible, Apple Music, and iTunes
  • Convert Apple Music for playing on other apps and devices without limit
  • Customize the parameters of Apple Music like the output audio format
  • Keep audios with ID3 tags and lossless audio quality at a 30× faster speed


Part 4. How to Convert Apple Music Songs to MP3

Before starting to convert Apple Music to a playable format like MP3, you need to download Tunelf Audio Converter then follow the on-screen prompts to install it to your computer. Later, you can convert Apple Music to MP3 or AAC by doing the below steps.

Step 1 Select your Apple Music files

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Launch Tunelf Audio Converter on your computer, and meantime iTunes app or Apple Music app will be opened automatically. Then you can click the Add icon to import Apple Music files you want to convert to the program. Or you can simply drag and drop your target audio files from Apple Music to the interface of Tunelf Audio Converter.

Step 2 Customize your output settings

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Once your Apple Music files are loaded into Tunelf app, you can click the Format icon at the bottom left-hand corner. A window of format setting will appear where you can set the output format, codec, channel, sample rate, and bit rate. You can choose an output format from MP3, M4A, AAC, WAV, FLAC, and M4B according to your Garmin watches.

Step 3 Convert Apple Music to the playable format

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After all your settings are done, you can now click the Convert button and Tunelf Audio Converter will begin to convert the imported Apple Music files to MP3 or other audio formats you want. You can then locate all your converted Apple Music files by clicking the Converted button and transfer them to Garmin watches.


Part 5. How to Move Apple Music to Garmin Watch

Garmin music watches can store up to 500 files. Then you can use the built-in media player on the watch to play Apple Music songs and listen to them through your Bluetooth headphones when walking out. Here are tutorials on how to transfer the converted Apple Music files to Garmin watches on a Windows or Mac computer.

Method 1. Move Apple Music to Garmin Watch on Windows

The process of moving the DRM-free Apple Music songs to your Garmin watch on Windows can be broken down into three steps. Here’s how to.

Step 1 Organize your music library on your computer

First of all, use your media management programs such as iTunes or Windows Media Player and edit playlists. If you are using iTunes, you need to configure iTunes to share the library with other applications.

1) Launch iTunes and click on the Edit > Preferences.

2) Go to the Advanced tab and then select Share iTunes Library XML with other applications.

Step 2 Add your Garmin music device to Garmin Express

Now connect your Garmin music device to your computer and fire up Garmin Express then select Add Device. When your device is found, click Add Device and add your device to Garmin Express.

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Step 3 Add your Apple Music files to Garmin music device

After adding your Garmin watch to Garmin Express, select Music. Under My Music, select songs or playlists. And Garmin Express will search for files in the Music folder on your computer. You can also click the Add button to browse the folder where you saved the converted Apple Music songs and select the files you want to add then click Send to Device.

Method 2. Move Apple Music to Garmin Watch on Mac

If you have a Mac computer, then you can follow the below three steps to add the converted Apple Music files to the watch.

Step 1 Manage your music library on your computer

To make the music files visible in Garmin Express, you need to configure the Music Media folder location in Apple Music first.

1) Launch Apple Music and go to Preferences > Files.

2) Set the location to Users/Username/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media and check the box Copy files to Music Media folder when adding to library.

Step 2 Connect your Garmin watch to Garmin Express

Then connect your Garmin watch to your computer by using a USB cable and open Garmin Express then click the Add a Device button. When your Garmin watch is detected by Garmin Express, select Add Device. Then continue to add your Garmin watch to Garmin Express by following the on-screen prompts.

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Step 3 Upload your Apple Music files into Garmin watches

Click the Music and choose an audio file category such as songs or playlists in the iTunes Library list. Then Garmin Express will search for files in your iTunes Library and your Apple Music files are automatically displayed. Finally, select the checkboxes for the Apple Music files you want to upload and click the Send to Device button.


Conclusion

Whether you need to remove DRM protection from Apple Music or convert Apple Music to several playable formats, Tunelf Audio Converter is an excellent choice for you. With the help of Tunelf software, you are able to move your Apple Music files to Garmin watches with ease and start to play Apple Music on Garmin watches with ease.

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