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The Running Playlist app – now on Android!

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It’s been a while since I posted, and now I can tell you what kept me away from publishing my usual running playlists (or you can guess from the title of this post, either way…:)

Since I launched the running playlist iPhone app, it’s had over 120,000 uses, and I’ve gotten multiple requests for a similar android app.

It sounded like a simple task to me, but little did I know, that it would take months, and not weeks to complete. The reason was that the developer I hired for this got into some technical difficulties and decided that he’s dropping the project midway, so I was basically left hanging with some unfinished files, and ended up reading a lot(!) of android websites and documentation, learning how to program for android and finishing it up myself.

Click here to get the new app

I would definitely love to hear your feedback on this app and any thoughts on how to improve it (that goes for the iPhone app as well btw).

This is the original version of the running playlist app (no pace calculator) and if I see interest in it, I’ll add more features like with the iPhone app.

The app is on the Android market now so go ahead and give it a try.

As usual, it would be great if you tell your friends about this and also let me know what you think so please comment, or contact me on facebook or twitter. I’d also appreciate it if you “like” this post on Facebook or “+1″ it if you are on Google+.
Have fun!

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The Running Playlist and Pace Calculator app is on the iTunes app store!

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The Running Playlist and Pace calculator is now set up on the app store!

I finally shut down the old running playlist app, but even if you got the old app and didn’t get to switch to the new app, you’ll still be able to get it for free.

I’ve also been fooling around with the app’s pricing on iTunes, so please bear with me. The price will cycle on and off free for a while. You can always buy it of course, but if you have to get it for free, just keep checking back. :)

Just to recap, since I launched the original app, I’ve been tweaking it and adding features, so if you get the new running playlist app, you’ll also have access to the new pace calculator and playlist recommendation engine. This new feature allows you to calculate your running pace, and recommends music that may help you go faster. This feature is new, so I’m still adding more content to it, but if you get the app now, you’ll have access to the updates later on for free.

The new running playlist app is called “Running playlist and pace calculator” in the app store, so get it now before the price goes back up again.

Click here to get the new app

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The Running Playlist app is free again!

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Those of you who’ve been following my app might be wondering what’s going on and why there are 2 running playlist apps in the iTunes app store.

Well, due to some bureaucratic issues, I had to resubmit the app to apple under a different account, so now there are 2 running playlist apps in the store.

Here’s what I’m going to do. Since a lot of you already got the first running playlist app that launched in march, I’m going to keep the 2nd app free so you can switch over. The first app will still be fully functional, but I can’t update it anymore so if you don’t get the new app now, you won’t have access to updates in the future.

But wait, there’s more. Since I launched the original app, I’ve been tweaking it and adding features, so if you get the new running playlist app, you’ll also have access to the new pace calculator and playlist recommendation engine. This new feature allows you to calculate your running pace, and recommends music that may help you go faster. This feature is new, so I’m still adding more content to it, but if you get the app now, you’ll have access to the updates later on for free.

The new running playlist app is called “Running playlist and pace calculator” in the app store, so get it now before the price goes back up again.

Click here to get the new app

Update: I’ve been fooling around with the app’s pricing on iTunes, so please bear with me. The price will cycle on and off free for a while. You can always buy it of course. :)

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The Running Playlist App is FREE!!! (For a limited time only)

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In the spirit of sharing free stuff and to show my thanks to all the loyal readers of this site who keep coming back for running playlists every week, I decided to share the running playlist iphone app with the world for free for a limited time.

So for this weekend only (until Monday morning), the running playlist iphone app is absolutely free on iTunes.

I highly recommend you get it now and also tell as many people as you can about it as soon as possible, because on Monday, the price goes back up again.

I also can’t say much about it due to confidentiality and such, but there are some really cool features coming to the app very soon and if you get it now (did I mention it’s free? :)) you’ll be eligible for those features when the update comes out (the timing really depends on Apple’s process, so I hope it’ll be soon….).

Anyway, I’ll keep this one short and sweet – the running playlist iphone app for free for this weekend only, get it now and tell as many people as possible to get it for free before the price goes back up again.

UPDATE: Apparently, some of you contacted me saying that you missed this promotion since you don’t go online on weekends. Based on these comments I’m extending the promotion until Wednesday, so you have today and Tuesday to still get it for free.

UPDATE 2: I’m going to be testing some new pricing options, so make sure to get this app when it’s free before the prices go up again!

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You are awesome!

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A little over 2 weeks ago, I launched the running playlist iphone app.
I read all about the competition in the app store and how apps really have to market themselves to get noticed, so I didn’t expect much.

BUT, you really came through!

In the last 2 weeks, the running playlist app was listed as a new and noteworthy app, spent almost the entire time in the top 100 in healthcare and fitness, and even made it to the top 50 for a few days!

I really appreciate the thousands of you who took the time to download the app and try it out!
Best of all, there have already been hundreds if not thousands of downloads of new music through the app (unfortunately Apple doesn’t want to tell me which music was downloaded so I can put more of it in the app…) which means that people are actually using the app and discovering new music!

Once again, thank you for believing in this site and in the app and using it to discover new music for your running playlist.

I have one small request:

For those of you who downloaded the app and liked it, please give my app a 5 rating in the iTunes store. High ratings are really important to help an app get noticed.

If you downloaded it and didn’t like it, please tell me before posting a bad review so I can fix what was wrong. Out of the 10 reviews I have, the 3 bad ones are from people who didn’t read the description and were disappointed when the app didn’t do what their imagination let them believe the app does.

Thank you again for your support of this site and of the app, it makes all the hard work and countless hours I put into it worth it!
More cool stuff to come soon!!!

If you want to download the app you can get it here

It’s Finally Here! A Surprise from Running Playlist

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You may have been wondering what I’ve been working on for the past few months or maybe not, but still…

Well, I can finally share this now! Running Playlist has gone mobile and I now have an iPhone app in the apple app store.

You can get it here

This app takes the music on this website into the mobile world and cuts out the PC as the middleman for all your running playlist needs.

running playlist iphone app

Imagine that you’re on a run, and want to up your pace by using a high BPM song. Problem is, you don’t have a way to find high BPM songs in iTunes, and you won’t waste your time listening to lots of songs trying to find the right one…
Running Playlist to the rescue! Just like in the site, the new running playlist app has tons of songs listed by BPM to address all your running needs.

But wait, there’s more…

Not only can you find songs or entire playlists by BPM, you can also find them by event type. So if you need a playlist for a fast 5k and you realize that 10 minutes before the run starts, all you need to do is launch the app, tap the “5k” icon, and there you have it, 100′s of songs and playlists for you to choose.

Get the running playlist app here

The folks at Apple liked this app as well, and it’s now (as of yesterday) featured in the new and noteworthy section in its category.

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Right now, the app is priced for the launch, but it won’t stay like this forever, so get it now…

Also, I would really appreciate if you share this with your friends, so we can get this app out to as many runners as possible. No reason for them to run with boring music, right? :)

You can get the running playlist app here

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Running Playlist: App review of the week: SynchStep:

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I had the pleasure of communicating with Greg from SynchStep the other day and he offered to let me test the beta for his new app called… you guessed it, SynchStep.

What it does:
Synchstep has an interesting premise. It calculates your pace while you run (I’m assuming using the iPhone accelerometer movements) and plays songs that match your pace from your iTunes library. What a great idea!

I took the app with me this weekend on my long run, and played around with it, this is what I found.

The bad:
The app I tested was a beta, so I’m sure a lot of the issues I found would be fixed by the time it’s released into the iTunes store.

First, when it scans your songs on your iPhone, it makes the same mistakes most automated BPM analyzers make when they scan songs.

Some examples include:

Born To Run shows as 111 instead of the 146 BPM that it really is
Rockin’ Robin shows as 174 BPM instead of 148 BPM
Change Your Mind shows as 74 BPM which would make it a very bad song for a running playlist except that it is really 147 BPM and a pretty good song to run to.

This is one more example of why I manually test every song on this site to get actual BPM and I don’t rely on automated software do to it. More time consuming, definitely, but I get the right results almost every time…
Anyway, back to the app.

You can always fix these BPM errors manually, so that’s not really a problem.
Once you start running you need to make sure you lock your iPhone using the app “lock” button, not the phone lock, which is a bit confusing.
I would have also liked to see a progress bar showing how far I am into the song and some album art in case I want to check what I’m listening to while I’m on the move and can’t fiddle with unlocking the phone and messing with menus.

One more issue I had with the app was that I guess I didn’t add enough songs to the app library, so I only had one song at 174 BPM, which is around where I usually run, and after listening to rockin’ robin for the 3rd time, I had to manually change songs.

The good:
The app does a great job at detecting your pace. I played around with my pace to see how the app reacts, and it caught the changes every time.
I also like the fact that you can manually set the app to a bpm you want to run in and it will play the songs that match that bpm for you. Very nice feature.

Overall, I think this is a pretty good app to have, it definitely needs some work, but has lots of potential to be a great app. Gets it while it’s still cheap…

SynchStep

Update:
I spoke to Greg about some of the issues mentioned here and it looks like a couple of things about the app need an update:
1. The lock issue: this is actually a limitation imposed on app developers by apple, so there really is no choice.
2. There is a free companion desktop app on the site that will fill in all the tempos for all of your songs so you don’t have any issues with not having enough songs.

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