This September, Fitbit will discontinue one of its legacy features for Mac and PC

There has been a steady demand for Fitbit Connect, which lets customers connect their fitness trackers to a computer for synchronisation, but Fitbit has announced that the software will be discontinued.

Fitbit has stated that the Connect app will be shut down on October 13th through a support website. If you still use the Fitbit app to upload data from your wearable to a computer, such as the Versa 2 or Ionic, this change will effect you.

These trackers will no longer be able to be synced to PCs or Macs due to a future update. The Fitbit app for Android and iOS is the only way to upload data from your wearables. You’ll also lose the option to transfer tracks from your computer to your tracker for offline listening when the service is turned off.

Fitbit made the announcement on a separate support page: “On October 13, 2022, we’re eliminating the opportunity to transfer playlists to your Fitbit watch using your computer”. “With the Deezer and Pandora apps, you may continue to listen personal music saved on your watch and transfer music to your watch.”

Fitbit Versa 3 users will be unaffected by this change since their fitness trackers already offer music downloads from Deezer or Pandora.

Fitbit will still allow you to transfer music to your watch when the Connect app is shut down, but only via the Deezer app or Pandora for users in the United States. You may be qualified for a 90-day trial of Pandora or Deezer, according to Fitbit.

To keep your Fitbit tracker synced to your computer beyond the free trial period, you’ll need to purchase a subscription to one of the supported music streaming services. A monthly membership to Deezer, for example, costs $9.99, whereas a monthly subscription to Pandora Plus costs $4.99 (or $9.99 for a monthly subscription to Pandora Premium).