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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Run-Tested Playlist: Old School R&R for Mike


One of our users reached out and asked if we knew of any good 60's and 70's Rock 'n Roll tunes that worked with Cruise Control to help him train for the Senior Olympics. Some of us were not even a glimmer in our daddies' eyes when this music was recorded, but there are a few of us around here that know good rock 'n roll when we hear it! So, here are some tunes for CC user Mike and other old school fans. And yes, we know, not all of it was recorded before the 1980 but we think you will like it anyway.
  1. Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin
  2. Green River - CCR
  3. Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
  4. You Don't Know How It Feels - Tom Petty
  5. Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones
  6. Don't Do It - The Band
  7. Can't Stand Losing You - The Police
  8. The Joker - The Steve Miller Band
  9. Walk of Life - Dire Straights
  10. Let it Grow - Eric Clapton
  11. Heart of Gold - Neil Young
  12. In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel
  13. Can't Run But - Paul Simon
  14. Devil Inside - INXS
  15. Southern Man - Neil Young
  16. Kashmir - Led Zeppelin
Run-Tested Playlists are a collection of songs that we, and our users, love Cruisin' to. These songs have a beat that is very easy to follow and are very likely to make it through the app's tempo analyzer. But, we can't guarantee it - it turns out that the iTunes store encodes the same songs in a bunch of different ways depending upon which country you are in. Want more tunes to cruise to? We'll post a new playlist of some of our favorites here periodically or follow @CruiseCtrlRun for more frequent recommendations.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Run-Tested Playlist: Stefan's Incredibly Eclectic Mix


Stefan is one of those ideal Cruise Controllers. He clocks in 30 km runs routinely and then emails us his suggestions for app improvements and his favourite runnings songs. It would be nice to immortalize his contribution with a plaque on the wall of our office, but since we don't have an office, a run-tested playlist is the next best bet. Here are Stefan's incredibly eclectic 15 favourite running songs. Enjoy!

  1. Bloodrave - The Prodigy *not on iTunes
  2. Brains - Lower Dens
  3. Evacuate - The Boxer Rebellion
  4. Feral - Boxed Wine
  5. Lose Yourself - Eminem
  6. Loud Pipes - Ratatat
  7. This Modern Love (Dave P. and Adam Sparkles Making Time remix) - Bloc Party
  8. Upon this Tidal wave of Young Blood - Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah
  9. Austere - The Joy Formidable *not sure if correct version
  10. A-Punk - Vampire Weekend
  11. Voodoo People (Original Mix) - The Prodigy *not sure if correct version
  12. Everlong - Foo Fighters
  13. Fight & Kiss - We Are Wolves
  14. Wolf Like Me - TV on the Radio
  15. New World Man - Rush

Run-Tested Playlists are a collection of songs that we, and our users, love Cruisin' to. These songs have a beat that is very easy to follow and are very likely to make it through the app's tempo analyzer. But, we can't guarantee it - it turns out that the iTunes store encodes the same songs in a bunch of different ways depending upon which country you are in. Want more tunes to cruise to? We'll post a new playlist of some of our favorites here periodically or follow @CruiseCtrlRun for more frequent recommendations.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Run-Tested Playlist: Marshall's Alternative Rock Mix


Cruisin’ to this playlist Marshall ran a personal best on the 10km - guess it must be rocking! Most songs are from the land down under, where Marshall is training hard for his very first marathon. Let us know how it goes, mate!

  1. Month of May - Arcade Fire
  2. Walkin Contradiction - Green Day
  3. Power and the Passion - Midnight Oil
  4. Dreamworld - Midnight Oil
  5. Kosciuszko - Midnight Oil
  6. Best of Both Worlds - Midnight Oil
  7. Hercules - Midnight Oil
  8. Don't Wanna Be the One - Midnight Oil
  9. Forgotten Years - Midnight Oil
  10. Wild Eyed Boy - Birds of Tokyo
  11. Silhouettic - Birds of Tokyo
  12. Hey Now Now - The Cloud Room
  13. Dakota - Stereophonics
Run-Tested Playlists are a collection of songs that we, and our users, love Cruisin' to. Once on your phone, these songs are guaranteed to make it through the app's tempo analyzer. And, the beat is easy to follow when running. Want more tunes to cruise to? We'll post a new playlist of some of our favorites here periodically or follow @CruiseCtrlRun for more frequent recommendations.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

What sensors will work with Cruise Control?


Heart Rate
ANT+: Cruise Control should work with all heart rate monitors that use the ANT+ protocol as long as you have an ANT+ key for your iPhone. Here are examples of an ANT+ monitor and key from our friends at www.wahoofitness.com. Note: we don't think that anyone sells ANT+ keys for the iPhone 5 yet.

Bluetooth Smart: Cruise Control should work with all heart rate monitors that use Bluetooth Smart. No key required. This really only applies to iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 users as prior iPhones did not have this particular Bluetooth protocol. Here is an example of a Bluetooth Smart HR monitor from www.wahoofitness.com.

Pace
ANT+: Cruise Control should work with all stride sensors that use the ANT+ protocol as long as you have an ANT+ key for your iPhone. Here are examples of an ANT+ stride sensor and key from our friends at www.wahoofitness.com. There are lots of others (Garmin, adidas, etc.). As noted above, we don't think that anyone sells ANT+ keys for the iPhone 5 yet. Also note that Cruise Control is designed to work well without an external pace sensor.

Bluetooth Smart: There are no Bluetooth Smart Stride sensors on the market that we are aware of.

What about other sensors? Nope. All of the other ones that we are aware of either are not designed for running (e.g. cycling cadence sensors) or use a proprietary communication protocol (e.g. Nike shoe sensor).

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Run-Tested Playlist - Mix for First Time Cruisers


We thought we would put together a genre-busting playlist with songs that have all been run-tested and loved. There should be something for everybody in this mix of songs.

  1. Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
  2. White Flag - Dido
  3. Stoppin The Love - KT Tunstall
  4. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
  5. Rain King - Counting Crows
  6. Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
  7. Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones
  8. Politik - Coldplay
  9. Dead And Gone - The Black Keys
  10. Thank You Very Much - The Kaiser Chiefs
  11. Everlong - Foo Fighters
  12. Lose Yourself - Eminem
  13. Welcome To Jamrock - Damian Marley
  14. We Will Become Silhouettes - The Postal Service
  15. 1901 - Phoenix
Run-Tested Playlists are a collection of songs that we, and our users, love Cruisin' to. Once on your phone, these songs are guaranteed to make it through the app's tempo analyzer. And, the beat is easy to follow when running. Want more tunes to cruise to? We'll post a new playlist of some of our favorites here periodically or follow @CruiseCtrlRun for more frequent recommendations.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Run-Tested Playlist - Murray's Indie Folk Mix


I am not sure that any one really knows what Indie Folk is, but it seemed about right for this wicked mix from our runner friend, Murray. It has Bon Iver, Feist, The Postal Service and Sigur Ros, to name a few. Sure it is a bit folky, but it is on the rockin' side of folky. Enjoy!
  1. Lump Sum - Bon Iver
  2. Sort of Revolution - Fink
  3. Clark Gable - The Postal Service
  4. New Goodbye - Hey Rosetta!
  5. So Says I - The Shins
  6. When I Was A Young Girl - Feist
  7. Clap Your Hands! - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
  8. Set Yourself On Fire - Stars
  9. Civillian - Wye Oak
  10. Gobbledigook - Sigur Ros
  11. Creator - Santogold
  12. Walk in the Park - Beach House
  13. Woman King - Iron and Wine
  14. How Low - Jose Gonzalez
Run-Tested Playlists are a collection of songs that we, and our users, love Cruisin' to. Once on your phone, these songs are guaranteed to make it through the app's tempo analyzer. And, the beat is easy to follow when running. Want more tunes to cruise to? We'll post a new playlist of some of our favorites here periodically or follow @CruiseCtrlRun for more frequent recommendations.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Run-Tested Playlist - Mark's Indie Rock Mix


Sometimes it seems like Mark listens exclusively to Dutch Ska, but there is nothing wrong with his Indie Rock running mix. It's got Modest Mouse, Arcade Fire, TV on the Radio, The National, and Broken Social Scene to name a few. Check out Mark's first run-tested playlist:
  1. Chapel Song - We Are Augustines
  2. Don't Make Me A Target - Spoon
  3. Fire Eye'd Boy - Broken Social Scene
  4. I.O.U. - Metric
  5. Terrible Love - The National
  6. Roland - Interpol
  7. Wolf Like Me - TV On the Radio
  8. Is This Love? - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
  9. It Beats For You - My Morning Jacket
  10. Satin in a Coffin - Modest Mouse
  11. Weird Fishes/ Arpeggi - Radiohead
  12. I Will Not Sing a Hateful Song - Constantines
  13. Bright Lights - Gary Clark Jr.
  14. Post-War Blues - Dan Mangan
  15. Red Heart - Hey Rosetta!
  16. Neon Bible - Arcade Fire
Run-Tested Playlists are a collection of songs that we, and our users, love Cruisin' to. Once on your phone, these songs are guaranteed to make it through the app's tempo analyzer. And, the beat is easy to follow when running. Want more tunes to cruise to? We'll post a new playlist of some of our favorites here periodically or follow @CruiseCtrlRun for more frequent recommendations.