Best running watch with Music 2018

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Top running watches with Music 2018

We all have to agree that running with music is a big help, wherever its finding motivation when first starting out running or when you need to dig deep on a long run when the legs feel like lead. But anyone looking to run to their tunes and track their workouts with a GPS running watch, it usually means strapping on a phone with a smartphone armband.

The good news is the latest running watches and smartwatches are coming equipped with onboard storage and even music streaming access, so you can leave your smartphone behind and run untethered.

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Best running watch with music playback

Garmin Forerunner 645 MusicGarmin Forerunner 645 running watch with music

Garmin has finally got into the music game with the Forerunner 645 music. The Forerunner 645 lets you drag and drop music files from your computer to your watch and pair Bluetooth headphones.

The Garmin Forerunner 645 music has room for 500 songs and support for selected streaming services with Deezer and iHeartRadio is one of those services on board. I am currently completing the review of the Forerunner 645 music, but testing so far has good and the Forerunner 645 is a good choice for music.

Amazfit StratosAmazfit Stratos running with music

The Amazfit Stratos is a new entry to the fitness watch market when you compare it to the likes of Garmin and Fitbit, but don’t be put off by this. The Stratos performs reasonably well as a fitness tracker and for using it as a running watch with music, I was impressed.

Read the Review: Amazfit Stratos 

Although the Amazfit Stratos has onboard music storage, it does not offer any streaming services like the Garmin or other devices. The Stratos only allows you to transfer music from your PC or Mac to the watch that is DRM free.

TomTom Spark 3 Cardio + Music

The TomTom Spark 3 is a good fitness watch and offers a lot of great features for your wrist, including music without your phone at a great price.TomTom SPark 3 music

Plus on top of that, the Spark 3 offers up GPS tracking, a heart rate monitor and route navigation, making this the perfect wrist companion to wear while running around areas you don’t really know and discovering new places. The Spark 3 is more than a fitness tracker at a very good price.

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One thing to note with the Spark 3, TomTom has pulled out of the fitness watch market, however, this device is still supported for the time being.

Best Smartwatches for fitness & music

For those of you wanting to have the best of both worlds with a smartwatch combined with a fitness watch with music, then check out these top smartwatches for fitness and music selection below

Apple WatchApple watch with music

The Apple Watch is seen by some as the king of smartwatches, however, people will scoff at it being a serious fitness watch. I have to disagree and based on my testing the Apple Watch handles fitness tracking pretty well with one of the best optical HR sensors

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You also are in luck with the Apple Watch for music storage and streaming as it works with Apple Music and the 2 work seamlessly together. If you are using Apple Music with an Apple Watch Series 3, then you can stream tunes over mobile data

Fitbit VersaFitbit versa running with music

The Fitbit Versa has not been out very long, but it’s a nice tidy fitness/ running watch that offers some great features like GPS, optical heart rate tracking and lots of workout profiles, although it does look like an Apple Watch!

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Fitbit has also included music storage on the Versa and you can use services from Pandora and Deezer. You also have the option to pair Bluetooth earphones, but I would not recommend Fitbit’s own flyer earphones as you can get cheaper and better sounding.

Samsung Gear Sport

Gear sport running with music

Just like the Gear S3, the Gear Sport’s killer feature in this regard is the ability to tap into Spotify. You can sync music either via the phone’s Bluetooth connection or by connecting your watch to your Wi-Fi, and once you’re all logged in you can browse all of your playlists and select what you’d like to download.

The smartwatch harbours 4GB of built-in storage to stick those your music on, which is about 500 songs and is a great pickup for those looking for something slightly cheaper and, in our view, nicer looking than the chunkier flagship smartwatch.

So that’s the end of the best running watch with music and I hope you have found it useful if you have then please share. If you have a question about your next running with music storage then leave it in the comments section below.

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Jon Ratcliffe
I have a huge passion for technology having worked in the sector for over 18 years in a variety of roles. I cover Wearables, tech and smart home.My reviews and information will talk about how the product works in reality and not just what the marketing departments want you to think.

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