Garmin Watch is no supported Apple Music for music playback, do you want to know how to play Apple Music on Garmin Watch? In this article, we will teach you the best way to play Apple Music on Garmin Watch using a powerful Apple Music to Garmin converter.

“I have subscribed to Apple Music for a long time, and I recently bought a Garmin Watch for listening to music while running, but I found that I can not play Apple Music on my new Garmin Watch, it seems the Apple Music app is not supported. How can I play Apple Music on my Garmin Watch?”

It’s always been a hard choice for Apple Music users when they want to get a smartwatch that is compatible with Apple Music. So far Apple Watch is the best choice which is able to directly play Apple Music tracks and playlists without carrying your phone.

What about Garmin Watch? Is Garmin Watch compatible with Apple Music? Garmin Watch allows people to play music from streaming music services like iHeartRadio, Spotify and Amazon Music. However, Apple Music is not on the list, you can not play Apple Music on Garmin Watch directly. So can you put Apple Music on Garmin Watch? The answer is positive, in the following section, we will introduce an effective way to play Apple Music on any Garmin Watch, such as Garmin Venu, Garmin Vivosmart, Garmin Forerunner, Garmin Fenix, Garmin Instinct, Garmin Enduro, etc.

Part 1. Can You Use Apple Music on Garmin Watch Directly

You can stream music on Garmin Watch with some streaming music services, but you can not use Apple Music on Garmin Watch directly.

1. Does Apple Music Work with Garmin Watch?
You can only play the purchased iTunes music on Garmin. For the music that you have not purchased, you will need to use an Apple Music converter to convert the music to supportable format and play.

2. What Streaming Music Services are Available on Garmin Watch?
There are some streaming services that Garmin Watch work with, such as Amazon Music, Spotify and iHeartRadio. But Apple Music is not compatible with Garmin Watch.

– For Amazon Music, Amazon Music Prime and Amazon Music Unlimited users can stream music directly on Garmin Watch, you just need to download the Amazon Music app from the Garmin Connect IQ to your watch. After the Amazon Music app is installed, choose the “Amazon Music” from “Music Widget”, then start browsing for the songs to play on your watch.

– You can also add Spotify music to Garmin Watch, but it requires Spotify Premium subscription to do that. Download the Spotify app from Garmin Connect IQ store, then launch it on your Garmin Watch, then you need to sign in your Spotify account on Garmin Watch, and choose the music to sync to Garmin through the “Music widget”.

– iHeartRadio is also the streaming music service which lets you play music directly on Garmin Watch. Download the iHeartRadio app from Garmin Connect IQ and select iHeartRadio streaming music as the music source. Then activate your account with the provided code, and start to sync music to play on Garmin Watch.

3. What Audio Formats Does Garmin Watch Support?
Garmin Watch supports various types of audio formats, including MP3, AAC, WAV, M4A, M3U.
MP3 (the standard non-DRM file format)
AAC (Advanced Audio Coding files)
WAV (Lossless, uncompressed, CD-quality files)
M4A (audio-only format)
M3U (multimedia music or playlist file)

Part 2. How to Download Apple Music on Garmin Watch

So can you add download Apple Music to Garmin Watch directly? Not really, you should know that the downloaded Apple Music songs are protected in M4P format, and Garmin Watch is not compatible with M4P audio format, they are not playable on Garmin Watch. So you need to convert it to other audio format that is compatible with Garmin Watch for music playback.

TunesBank Apple Music Converter is one of the best reliable Apple Music to Garmin converter, it is a professional tool which enables to remove DRM from Apple Music M4P files and convert Apple Music to MP3, M4A, FLAC and other common audio formats, the converted Apple Music music files will be saved on your computer, so that you can easily transfer them to your Garmin Watch for offline playing while running or on the go. You can also play Apple Music on all unauthorized devices such as Sony Walkman, SanDisk, Astel & Kern, Smart TV, Xbox, etc.

Additionally, unlike other audio recording tools, TunesBank comes with a smart ID3 tag editor, which is able to preserve original ID3 tags and metadata info after conversion. What’s more, the program also supports batch convert as many as Apple Music as you like at 10X faster speed, with this conversion speed, you can convert a 5 minute songs in less than 30 seconds. Let’s see more features of TunesBank Apple Music Converter and learn how to convert Apple Music to MP3.

Outstanding Features of TunesBank Apple Music Converter

  • TunesBank is able to remove DRM from Apple Music.
  • Convert Apple Music to MP3 , M4A, AAC, WAV, AIFF, AU, AC3, and FLAC lossless.
  • Keeps ID3 tags and metadata info after conversion, such as title, artist, album artwork, etc.
  • Preserve 100% lossless audio quality for output file: 256kbps, 44.1 kHz.
  • Supports batch converting, and convert Apple Music to MP3/M4a/FlAC at 5X speed on Mac and 10X speed on Windows.
  • Offline listen to Apple Music tracks without iTunes or Apple Music app.
  • Play Apple Music songs on any unauthorized device.

Guide: How to Convert Apple Music to MP3

How to get high quality MP3 files from Apple Music? Here we will show you the complete user guide on how to convert Apple Music to MP3. In this way, you can transfer the converted Apple Music to any MP3 player as you wish.

Step 1. Launched TunesBank Apple Music Converter

Firstly, download and install the TunesBank Apple Music Converter on your Mac or Windows computer. Launch the program. Sigh in your Apple ID account, then all the contents from your Apple ID account will be loaded to the program.

launch the converter and sign in Apple ID

Step 2. Select Apple Music Songs

Search any playlist/album that you want to convert for your Garmin Watch, click the Red “+” icon to add the songs to the converting list.

add apple music songs

Then you need to select the songs that you want to convert to your Garmin Watch.

select songs to convert

Step 3. Set Up Output Format

You can choose the output format from the top right corner, 4 output formats are availabe, including MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC. select MP3 here for Garmin Watch.

select output format

Step 4. Convert Apple Music to MP3

Click “Convert All” button to start converting Apple Music to MP3. TunesBank allows you to convert as many Apple Music songs as you like in batch at 10X conversion speed.

Convert Apple Music to MP3

Note: The highlight of TunesBank is that you can go back to “Library” and add more songs to the “Converting” list during the conversion. And also please note that Apple Music app will play Apple Music tracks in the background in muting mode, so we do not suggest to use Apple Music app until the conversion is finished.

Step 5. View Output Files

After conversion is done, you can click the “Finish” button at the top section, and click “View Output File” to view all the converted Apple Music songs.

get Apple Music MP3 files

Part 3. How to Add Downloaded Apple Music to Garmin Watch

Now you have the converted Apple Music in MP3, follow the instructions below to add Apple Music song to Garmin Watch.

1. Add Garmin to Garmin Express App

Garmin Express application is basically designed to manage Garmin devices. You can use it for syncing fitness data, device updates and product registration. To download Garmin Express app, please follow the steps.

Step 1. Go to the Garmin Express website and click “Download”.

Step 2. Run the download .exe file, click the “Checkbox” to continue.

Step 3. Click the “Install” tab and wait for the installation to be completed, then launch Garmin Express on your computer.

garmin express

2. Add Downloaded Apple Music to Garmin Watch

Now you can start adding Apple Music on your Garmin Watch, please follow the detail steps.

Step 1. After the Garmin Express app is launched on your computer, go to the “Get Started” option and click on “Add a Device”.

Step 2. Use a USB cable to connect your Garmin Watch and your computer.

Step 3. Select the “Add Device” tab and log in with your Garmin account.

Step 4. Choose the “Music” option on Garmin Express, add the converted Apple Music files to your Garmin Watch.

Step 5. Last, click the “Send to Device” option to transfer Apple Music to Garmin Watch for offline playback.

add music to garmin watch


Q1. Can Garmin play music without a phone?
Yes, you can play music without a phone on Garmin Watch. You can transfer the downloaded MP3 format music from a computer to the Garmin Express via USB connection.

Q2. Can Garmin Watch Play Music directly from Streaming Music service?
Garmin Watch is able to play music directly from several streaming services, such as Amazon Music, Spotify, iHeartRadio. But Apple Music is not available on Garmin Watch yet.

Q3. What Other Exercises Can Garmin Track Beside Running?
Garmin Watch also supports users to track their sports data with other exercises besides running, you can use Garmin Watch to track other sports, like cycling, swimming, climbing, etc.


Follow the guide above, you can easily get Apple Music in MP3 format and transfer them to your Garmin Watch for enjoyment. With help of TunesBank Apple Music Converter, you can extract Apple Music M4P encoded files to MP3 DRM-free music file, so that you can enjoy Apple Music on Garmin Watch and other devices for offline playback without limits.

Play Apple Music on Garmin Watch


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