Fitbit is removing the ability to sync files between a desktop computer and its smartwatches.
9to5Google reports that Fitbit has updated two support articles—one that details the Fitbit setup process and one that explains how to listen to music on the company’s devices—to say that it plans to shut down the Fitbit Connect app for Windows and macOS later this year .
Fitbit says in the first article that it’s “removing the option to sync your Fitbit device with the Fitbit Connect app on your computer,” and in the second, it says it’s “removing the option to transfer playlists to your Fitbit watch through your computer. ” Both changes are scheduled for Oct. 13.
The company’s proposed solution for people who rely on Fitbit Connect to set up their devices is to “download and use the Fitbit app on your phone to sync your device” instead. Those who mostly used it for music, meanwhile, are restricted to syncing music from Deezer and Pandora.
It’s a shame that Fitbit seems to be giving up on desktop support, partly because there’s no guarantee that its customers want to install a Google-owned fitness tracking app on their phones, and partly because music syncing is now limited to a pair of also- ran music services.
Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.