Garmin’s first wearable with music storage is the Forerunner 645 Music

Enlarge / Garmin Forerunner 645 Music with playback UI. (credit: Garmin)

Garmin’s Vivoactive 3 provided a solid alternative to the Fitbit Ionic and the Apple Watch last year, but it lacked one big feature: onboard music storage. At CES, Garmin announced its first wearable with space to save music you could listen to without your smartphone present: the $450 Forerunner 645 Music.

The Forerunner 645 Music has 3.5GB of storage that can hold approximately 500 songs, which is more than the Fitbit Ionic’s 300 song limit. The 645 Music can pair with Bluetooth earbuds and also supports music transferred from a computer or a music streaming service. According to Garmin, paid subscribers of iHeartRadio’s streaming service can download saved playlists to the Forerunner 645 Music (Garmin plans on supporting other music streaming services in the future, but iHeartRadio is the first).

The device will also support downloaded playlists (of DRM-free music only) from iTunes and Windows Media Player. Garmin Express, the company’s desktop application for device setup and syncing, will be the gateway to transferring music from your PC to the Forerunner 645 Music.

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