Downloading music

Danetherunner
Danetherunner Registered Users Posts: 1
New Traveler
edited January 24 in TomTom Sports
TOM TOM,
Please help, I have had my spark 3 for 4 months now, and haven't been able to figure out downloading music. I have read my owners manual and tried everything. Still confused.
Thank you very much!

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  • tfarabaugh
    tfarabaugh Posts: 16,943
     Superuser
    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. 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.

    You can also go to the watch in a file explorer window (the watch will be mounted as a drive) and create a folder in the Music folder and move the tracks into that folder. The software will then automatically create a playlist with all the tracks in the folder named after the folder.

    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.
  • Frikkievdb
    Frikkievdb Registered Users Posts: 1
    Apprentice Traveler
    I've been having the same issue and this standard response is not helpful at all. Seems like there are many people with the same issue, so more of of a product issue than a user one.

    I also find the entire Tom Tom website and apps not user friendly in general.

    Tom Tom, can you please send us proper instructions on how to load music. Some devices doesn't just find the playlists. How must Itunes, the device and app be configured, formats of files, whatever?

    Music device: Yes
    Itunes: Yes
    Itunes playlist: Yes
    Playlist sharing: Yes
    Expored paylist to M3U file: did that, app still not finding playlist even when pointedto the folder

    What more must I do? And please keep is simple.
  • tfarabaugh
    tfarabaugh Posts: 16,943
     Superuser
    This is a user forum so the instructions given above are the best you are going to get here. If you want a response from TT you need to call Support. To get the number for Customer Support, select Contact Us at the bottom of this page, select the service required and the product name and click Contact Customer Care and then Phone Us. It will give you the phone number for the country your account is registered under (this can be changed by clicking the flag icon in the bottom right corner of the screen).