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(Ars Technica)   Google has figured out another way to squeeze every last penny from Fitbit users   (arstechnica.com) divider line
    More: Obvious, Operating system, Fitbit owners, Uploading and downloading, Mac OS X, Fitbit Connect app, Apple Inc., IPhone, Fitbit device  
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1168 clicks; posted to Business » on 09 Aug 2022 at 11:20 AM (7 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-08-09 11:01:42 AM  
Innovation at its finest.
 
2022-08-09 11:47:29 AM  
Apple is clearly the bad guy here.
 
2022-08-09 11:58:08 AM  
Why would one need music on a watch? Does it have speakers?
 
2022-08-09 12:04:54 PM  
I solved for this a while ago. My fit bit is a notebook and a pen.

I tried different apps but nothing works better than good old pen and paper.
 
2022-08-09 12:11:15 PM  

Boudyro: I solved for this a while ago. My fit bit is a notebook and a pen.

I tried different apps but nothing works better than good old pen and paper.


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2022-08-09 12:12:11 PM  

The Smails Kid: Why would one need music on a watch? Does it have speakers?


Because you want to listen to music during your jog/ride/workout, seems pretty obvious to me.

And since you seem to be stuck back in the 90's - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluetooth
 
2022-08-09 12:19:14 PM  

The Smails Kid: Why would one need music on a watch? Does it have speakers?


You use bluetooth headphones with it. The idea is to download music onto the watch so that you can leave your phone (or any other device, like an MP3 player) behind during your run or whatever while still being able to listen to music.
 
2022-08-09 12:24:59 PM  
Except that the article clearly states that this is a temporary move while software is merged.

But sure, Google is the bad guy here for not maintaining two competing codebases in perpetuity for people that bought a $100 product four years ago.
 
2022-08-09 12:35:15 PM  

Boudyro: I solved for this a while ago. My fit bit is a notebook and a pen.

I tried different apps but nothing works better than good old pen and paper.


My main function for fit bit was sleep pattern tracking. I vowed to write down my nightly sleep phases but slept through it.

I've since discovered I like the heart rate monitoring too
 
2022-08-09 2:11:47 PM  
It's so predictable that the tech companies and record companies waited just long enough for people to forget about the old MP3 downloading ways, or CD-ripping ways. Back when we owned (presumably) our music files and could upload them to any device we wanted.

They waited until people stopped doing that, by and large, and then locked everything down. Clever girl.
 
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2022-08-09 2:32:48 PM  

Lusiphur: Except that the article clearly states that this is a temporary move while software is merged.

But sure, Google is the bad guy here for not maintaining two competing codebases in perpetuity for people that bought a $100 product four years ago.


TFA misleadingly suggests it's temporary, but then goes on to contradict itself.

"The new limitation shouldn't last forever. When Google acquired Fitbit in 2021, the fitness tracker company confirmed that Fitbits running Google's Wear OS are on the way. Wear OS has offline support for subscribers to Spotify Premium and YouTube Music."

So, the subscription is still required, and you still can't just toss rando mp3s on the device from your computer.  You just don't need to be actively connected to wifi for it to work.
 
2022-08-09 3:17:44 PM  

Boudyro: I solved for this a while ago. My fit bit is a notebook and a pen.

I tried different apps but nothing works better than good old pen and paper.


If you are a cardiac patient, Fitbit has some very interesting options.
 
2022-08-09 3:24:21 PM  

The Smails Kid: Why would one need music on a watch? Does it have speakers?


Yeah, and a huge subwoofer.

Seriously though, some people like to stream music to their bluetooth headphones when they work out. Perhaps it offends you, because your phone can as well. But it's easier to access the display of a watch.
 
2022-08-09 3:59:05 PM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: Boudyro: I solved for this a while ago. My fit bit is a notebook and a pen.

I tried different apps but nothing works better than good old pen and paper.

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But what if I don't own a glockenspiel?
 
2022-08-09 4:01:15 PM  

Lusiphur: Except that the article clearly states that this is a temporary move while software is merged.

But sure, Google is the bad guy here for not maintaining two competing codebases in perpetuity for people that bought a $100 product four years ago.


Retaining the code to allow local file copying would probably not be a burden, they just want to force people into a subscription even though they probably chose that device specifically to avoid subscriptions.
 
2022-08-09 4:33:36 PM  

Vurcease: It's so predictable that the tech companies and record companies waited just long enough for people to forget about the old MP3 downloading ways, or CD-ripping ways. Back when we owned (presumably) our music files and could upload them to any device we wanted.

They waited until people stopped doing that, by and large, and then locked everything down. Clever girl.


Same with DVDs.  For a while, the movie industry was trying to make it more and more difficult to rip a DVD (or BluRay), coming up with encryption schemes that a lot of rippers couldn't handle.  Then most people embraced streaming movies/TV shows and the industry seems to have decided not to bother with the more elaborate encryption methods anymore.

Or, at least so I've been told by people who do that kind of thing.  Which I don't.
 
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