TomTom Sports Connect won't show playlists

Cannot load music
Cannot load music Registered Users Posts: 1
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edited January 24 in TomTom Sports
How can you get playlists to actually display?!?!

After spending several hours with the watch, the playlist function will not work. It only tries to randomly load all media onto the watch. I've created playlists in iTunes, I've created separate playlists in my music folder of my hard drive and I've even manually gone into the TomTom Music directory and removed all media, but it does not show A SINGLE PLAYLIST.
I thought perhaps I'm too stupid to understand it, so I looked at the video tutorial on how to load music, only to discover that the AP in the tutorial looks nothing like the TomTom Sports Connect AP I'm using on my PC (there's no music tab, just a music note). However, when I press the music note, I get the screen below.
e5212b99-0aff-4228-ae09-e1a0bcace073.pngSeems like for a couple of hundred bucks, I could get a product that actually works. Or at least one that works as the directions say it does. Neither the manual nor video tutorial are accurate.


  • tfarabaugh
    tfarabaugh Posts: 16,948
    Hard to say what your specific issue might be, you are probably best off putting a call into Support as there ae a lot of computer settings that can impact it. In the meanwhile, here are the general steps and info around music, take a look and se if anything helps (in particular that they need to be DRM free, in the right format and iTunes needs to be set up right.

    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.

    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.

    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.