Garmin's new smartwatch features on-device storage for up to 500 songs

Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music brings the tunes to your wrist

Garmin announces vívoactive 3 Music, a GPS smartwatch with on-device music storage

Garmin has pre-loaded the watch with 15 tracking apps that cover everything from yoga to strength training.

After all, Garmin ensures that the Vivoactive 3 Music comes with all of the features that launched with last year's model, and the list is extensive.

As stated, the main difference with the Vivoactive 3 Music - and the reason that it costs $50 more than the Vivoactive 3 - is that it has built-in storage and can hold up to 500 songs. You don't need to buy a new watch (it works with the original Vivoactive 3, Forerunner 645/935, Vivosport, Vivosmart 3 and Vivomove HR), but it's good to know you'll have it out of the box.

Garmin has just announced the Vivoactive 3 Music, a wearable which is already available to order and essentially takes everything you'll find in the Garmin Vivoactive 3 and adds music to the mix. You can sync iHeartRadio playlists offline if you subscribe to that service's premium tier, which is $9.99 a month.

Alternatively, you can add MP3 files (remember those?) to your watch using Garmin's Express desktop software.

The Vivoactive 3 Music will set you back £299.99, making it an extra £20 for the luxury of music support over the Vivoactive 3. I then paired my Bluetooth earphones to the watch (any will do - even AirPods).

Garmin is shipping the Vivoactive 3 Music now for $300.

The inclusion of music helps Garmin compete more seriously with the space's bigger guns, such as Apple, Fitbit and Samsung, but it's not the only feature that's packed inside.

"Music can be a huge motivating component of any workout or activity, and we're excited to give our customers the ability to ditch their phones and listen to their favorite songs right from their wrist", said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales.

Stay tuned for our full review of the device.

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