Uploading music playlist to the Spark Cardio

loobiloo
loobiloo Registered Users Posts: 3
Apprentice Traveler
edited January 24 in TomTom Sports
I've spent hours trying to upload music from my computer (both pc and mac) to my spark cardio and music watch - its impossible! Itunes doesnt have the playlist in it on my mac; Windows Music app has the music (hundreds of songs) but not the playlist I want. The playlist is on Google music and Amazon music - so please someone tell me how to get it on to my watch. I stopped smoking 6 weeks ago and this is enough to make me start again!

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  • tfarabaugh
    tfarabaugh Posts: 16,939
    Superuser
    loobiloo wrote:
    I've spent hours trying to upload music from my computer (both pc and mac) to my spark cardio and music watch - its impossible! Itunes doesnt have the playlist in it on my mac; Windows Music app has the music (hundreds of songs) but not the playlist I want. The playlist is on Google music and Amazon music - so please someone tell me how to get it on to my watch. I stopped smoking 6 weeks ago and this is enough to make me start again!

    The MySports Connect application talks to Windows Media Player and iTunes (if they are installed) to query the playlists you have created (you cannot upload individual files; they need to be organized into playlists). These playlists are then listed when you connect your watch. This will include any video playlists created by WMP and iTunes, TT cannot control this, they can't tell a music playlist from a video playlist. To make it easier to load them, give the playlists distinctive names like "My Spark Playlist" or something similar so they are easier to find. You then use MySports Connect to copy the playlists you want to the watch. In iTunes & WMP you need to create playlists (the watch only plays playlists, not individual files as there is no folder system on the watch). Once you have the playlists created, dock the watch and hit the music note button on the Connect interface, which will take you to the Music screen where it will list all playlists on the computer. When you see the one you want to load, click on it to add it to the watch. Make sure the tracks are in the right format. If tracks are not in an acceptable format they will not play, nor will the playlists they are in.

    MP3:
    Sample rate: 16KHz to 48KHz
    Bit rate: 8 kbps to 320 kbps
    Mono/stereo channels and joint stereo.
    Artist, track title and length are displayed for the following languages: English, Czech, Danish, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Finnish and Swedish. Other languages may display correctly if the only used characters available in a supported language.

    AAC:
    MPEG2 and MPEG4 AAC-LC and HE-AACv2 are supported.
    Sample rate: up to 48KHz
    Bit rate: up to 320 kbps
    Mono/stereo/dual mono are supported.
    Artist, track title and length for AAC is not supported.

    The watch does not support files with DRM of any type. This includes offline tracks from Apple Music and Spotify. MySports Connect will not count any DRM tracks as part of a playlist, so if all the tracks in a playlist are DRM then the playlist will not be shown at all.

    If you are not using Windows Media Player or iTunes then you need to create an .m3u or .m3u8 playlist file (various music programs do this) and then set the Playlist Root Folder. Press the Gear icon in MySports Connect and then scroll down to Advanced Settings and set the location here. The playlist root folder is searched (and sub-directories) for any .m3u/.m3u8 playlist files and those will be listed (along with any Windows Media Player/iTunes playlists) by MySports Connect when you connect your watch. This only needs to be done if you are not using WMP or iTunes; otherwise they search the default locations. The playlists need to be on a physical drive on your machine, it will not find cloud drives.

    If using iTunes, check that iTunes is set to share libraries. You need to click the dropdown at the very top left and select Preferences. On the Advanced tab, make sure there is a check next to "Share iTunes Library XML with other applications".

    I hope this helped answer your question. If so, please mark it as a solution so others can look for it if they have the same question.
  • loobiloo
    loobiloo Registered Users Posts: 3
    Apprentice Traveler
    Thanks - I got there in the end in a rather roundabout way I think, and not in the TomTom instructed manner!
  • adirub
    adirub Registered Users Posts: 2
    Apprentice Traveler
    Can you please let me know how you got it to work?
    I'm music-less for now :(
  • loobiloo
    loobiloo Registered Users Posts: 3
    Apprentice Traveler
    I downloaded the tracks from either Amazon music or I tunes (cant remember which one worked, but think it was the Amazon music app) to my computer and then used the watch to upload them as a playlist. Hope that helps!

    (This was music I had already bought by the way...!)
  • Bangelica
    Bangelica Registered Users Posts: 2
    New Seeker
    Try using musconv it helps you transfer your music tracks and playlist from different services. - Bangelica
  • anooptoffy
    anooptoffy Registered Users Posts: 2
    Apprentice Traveler
    I am also facing same issue. My OS is windows. Is there something different to be done for Syncing the iTunes Playlist