Two weeks in with Garmin 245 Music
I moved up from the Garmin 235 when the 245 Music came in and so far so good. Basically, the watch just works (if you're used to using a Garmin).
A lot has been made about all the extra stats and whatnot now available on the 245 and yeah, they're all there, and yeah, I ignore them. 90% of my runs are based on heart rate, that's what I really need to know, and the monitor works (and seems to work well). It would have been nice if the screen configurations from my 235 ported over to the 245, so I wouldn't have had to reconfigure my run and cycling screens (can anyone really read the info on a 3 data field screen), but that's Garmin.
Speaking of which, creating a workout and getting it reliably onto your phone still sucks.
Now, for the music part. If you're a Spotify subscriber, you're good. You create playlists on your computer and then upload them to your watch, and it works pretty well. I haven't tried Spotify podcasts, because I don't use Spotify for podcasts. I might have to switch, though, or bug Pocketcast into making a Garmin app.
Overall, I think this watch is a good upgrade. Is it worth over $500 after tax? Ehhhhh...I don't know. I sold my 235 and called in a debt to cover most of the price, but if I hadn't, I'm not sure if you aren't better off with a Forerunner 235 and an old iPod Shuffle.