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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.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Run-Tested Playlist - Mike's Mix


How about some Vampire Weekend, Jack Johnson, The Police, Bob Marley, and his son, Damian? Check out Mike's first mix.
  1. The Kids Don't Stand A Chance - Vampire Weekend
  2. Can't Stand Losing You - The Police
  3. Move! - Damian Marley
  4. Good People - Jack Johnson
  5. Stir It Up - Bob Marley & The Wailers
  6. Santeria - Sublime
  7. Breakin' Down - Ben Harper
  8. Free - G. Love
  9. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
  10. I Am - Train
  11. Life, Love & Laughter - Donavon Frankenreiter
  12. Saint Jerome - Coconut Records
  13. Wrong About Me - Brett Dennen
  14. Lost In The Light - Bahamas
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 13, 2013

How can I quickly create a playlist?


When you know what songs you want in a playlist, here is tip that we use to quickly create the song list.
  1. Select the Music tab.
  2. Select "Add Playlist..." and give it a title.
  3. Select the new playlist from the list of playlists.
  4. Click on the Search box at the top of the song list view.
  5. Search by song title. You only need to enter a few characters until you see your song appear.
  6. Select the song. It will highlight grey.
  7. Press the X in the Search box to clear the entry (i.e. don't press cancel).
  8. Repeat from #5 until complete.
  9. Press Cancel.
  10. Press Done to finish song selection.
  11. Review your list of songs in the playlist.
  12. Press Done to finalize playlist.
  13. Go to Music tab and select your Running Mode.
  14. Select your new playlist from the Playlist button.
  15. Get out and run!
The trick is really in items #4-#8. When we use this trick, we can transcribe an iTunes playlist in about 20 seconds. Please remember that all your songs on your phone will not end up in the app because only songs with tempos between 70-90 bpm and 140-180 bpm are qualified as songs that we can use to Cruise Control your run. 


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Why is the app crashing when analyzing my music?


So sorry! This is a known issue affecting a small number of users. The good news is that we have found and solved it, and that an update is on it's way to the app store. It is hard to say when it is available for download as Apple's review time is unpredictable, but it should be within a week from today (January 10th). If you can't wait that long, something we fully understand, please delete all music in mp4 format from your phone. That's what's causing the problem. This is usually a very small number of music files.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Run-Tested Playlist - Ben's Mix


Some of you have been asking: "Where's the electronica?" Well, here is a playlist from Ben, one of our developers. He kicked in some electronica, but also some of his Australian favourites. Of course that means some Paul Kelly, right? Thanks Ben!
  1. Girlshapedlovedrug - Gomez
  2. Dumb Things - Paul Kelly
  3. So Light is Her Footfall - Air
  4. Hard Sun - Eddie Vedder
  5. Surface to Air - The Chemical Brothers
  6. Teardrop - Massive Attack
  7. Which Way Home? - Bernard Fanning
  8. Strong Coffee - The Cat Empire
  9. Army of Me - Bjork
  10. Any Colour You Like - Easy Star All Stars
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.

"Cruise Control Requires GPS" popup


Cruise Control requires either GPS or an iPhone stride sensor to work correctly. If you get a popup titled "Cruise Control Requires GPS" it means that you haven't authorized Cruise Control to use GPS. To resolve this, go to the Settings app on your iPhone. Once your there, go to Privacy -> Location Services. Make sure the switch on top and the switch next to CruiseControl are turned on. Oh, and please forgive us our error in the pop-up instructions (whoops!).

Monday, January 7, 2013

What if the music tempo or metronome goes crazy?


In Pace and Heart Rate mode we are controlling your running using your music. If for some reason you are not responding to changes in the music tempo (for example because you are distracted, or there is no clear tempo information in the current song), it can happen that the music / metronome tempo changes so much that you probably don't like to sync to it anymore. To get out of this situation press the + and - button together to switch to Free Run mode and run like this for a few seconds, until the music syncs with your steps. Do the same thing once more to switch back to Pace / Heart Rate control.

Headphone remote control tips


Touching the screen in the right spot during a workout can be tricky. That's why you can use your headphone remote control to perform the most important in-workout actions. Here's how:

Volume buttons: 
  • used for changing volume only

Centre button:  
  • Single tap to pause/play both the music and the workout
  • Double tap to skip to the next song  
  • Triple tap to skip to the previous song
  • Double tap with a hold on the last tap to thumb up the song  
  • Triple tap with a hold on the last tap to thumb down the song

What's that beeping in my ear?


If you are not running in sync with the music a metronome kicks in to guide you back to the right cadence. Once you sync to the metronome for a few seconds you'll get your music back. We added this feature so that you know when you are out of sync - no metronome, no problem! We find that with the right songs the metronome should kick-in very rarely. If you don't like the metronome you can turn it off in the app settings.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Run-Tested Playlist - Molly's Mix


What's with all the dude music in the first two playlists? Here are some songs that Molly loves Cruisin' too.

  1. White Flag - Dido
  2. Keep Drivin' - Hayley Sales
  3. 1901 - Phoenix
  4. We Will Become Silhouettes - The Postal Service
  5. If I Had $1000000 - Barenaked Ladies
  6. Rain King - Counting Crows
  7. Mushaboom (Postal Service Mix) - Feist
  8. Silver-N-Gold - Rusted Root
  9. I'll Bring The Sun - Jason Collett
  10. Stoppin The Love - KT Tunstall
  11. I'm Like A Bird - Nelly Furtado
  12. I Am - Train
  13. Everytime - David Gray
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, January 2, 2013

Do I need to calibrate Cruise Control?


Believe it or not, it is calibration free. This is because we don’t need to know the specific relationship between speed and cadence for each individual – we only need to know that there is one. And so far, we have yet to find anyone that doesn’t change his or her speed when we increase cadence.

Don’t people run faster by only increasing stride length?


No. In our lab tests, we have tested a number of subjects running at a range of speeds. Most runners increased stride length more than frequency. However, all the runners we have tested also increase their frequency when they increase speed. For our purposes, it doesn’t matter whether people increase speed predominantly with increasing stride length as long as the relationship between speed and frequency is not perfectly flat (and we have yet to find a subject like that). 

How is Pace Mode different from a normal metronome?


While a normal metronome prescribes a constant cadence (e.g. 180 bpm), our method continuously varies cadence to provide a constant speed. When running using a normal constant-cadence metronome, speed will constant vary depending upon many factors including terrain, headwinds and fatigue. When you hit a hill, for example, your speed will drop for the same cadence. Our method will automatically increase cadence to keep you at the same speed. Even on the level without wind or fatigue, each constant cadence has a unique speed that differs between people.

Run-Tested Playlist - Max's (mostly) Angry Men Mix


Here's a collection of rock songs sung by, well, mostly guys who are angry. This is precisely how Max feels when forced into an early morning run.
  1. Dancing Shoes - Arctic Monkeys
  2. Dead and Gone - The Black Keys
  3. Young Lions - Constantines
  4. Everlong - Foo Fighters
  5. Thank You Very Much - Kaiser Chiefs
  6. Mr. Brightside - The Killers
  7. Do The Evolution - Pearl Jam
  8. Fire in The Hole - The Tragically Hip
  9. Salute Your Solution - The Raconteurs
  10. Aside - The Weakerthans
  11. Basket Case - Green Day
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.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

What if I get a song that doesn't work well?


Good news, you never have to hear it again.  If you get a song that just doesn't feel right give it the ole' thumbs down and you'll never have to hear it again. If you have a remote you can thumb down using a triple tap, with a hold on the last tap, on the centre button.

What about iTunes Match?


Right now, Cruise Control can only analyze songs that are on your iPhone, so any tunes you have stored on iTunes Match will need to be downloaded to your phone before you can cruise with them.

Where's my song?


Looking for a song that's on your phone, but not in Cruise Control? This means the song didn't make it through our analyzer - either it's not in the right BPM range for running, or it doesn't have a high enough energy. Trust us, you're going to love running to the songs that made it in.

Are particular genres better than others?


The short answer is, yes and no.  There are certain genres that are inherently bad for running to-- think Classical.  Songs that are too slow or with an indistinguishable rhythm are hard to run to.   But there are songs from most genres that we've loved running to.  Into Reggae? Check out Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds."  More of an indie rocker?  Check out "Dancing Shoes"  by Arctic Monkeys.  Classic rocker?  How about Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love."  If it's uptempo, dance-able, and has a strong rhythmic pulse you're going to love running to it!

What kind of music works best?


When you open Cruise Control for the first time the app pulls all of the music off your phone and analyzes it, selecting only the best running songs.  We've found that music within a certain beats per minute (BPM) range, with a high level of energy, and a strong down beat work best.

What is Cruise Control and how does it work?


New to Cruise Control? Download the App for a simple step-by-step tutorial or read more about how it works here!  Cruise control works because of a lot of really complicated, revolutionary, and amazing science.  And, undoubtedly a little magic, too.  Go for a run with it and you’ll know what we’re talking about.  Here’s the basics:
  1. Choose how you want to run (pace, heart rate, cadence, or free run)
  2. Choose your favorite running music
  3. Go run. Cruise Control will adjust your music to control your running and keep you on track to hit that target pace, heart rate or cadence. Magic.
When you first open the App, Cruise Control will pull all the music on your phone into the app and run it through a BPM analyzer, selecting only the songs that are best for running.  Sorry podcasts, kiddie sing-a-longs, and Enya- you’re out.  Need more tunes? Check out our daily recommendations by following us on Twitter @CruiseCtrlRun

Then you choose how you want to run.  Free Run is a great place to start.  Just start running and your music will speed up or slow down to match the rhythm of your steps.  Or use Pace, Heart Rate, or Cadence mode.  Set your target and Cruise Control will automatically change the speed of the music to get you there. All you have to do is run to the rhythm of the music.  It’s kind of like setting cruise control on your car.  You just set your target speed (or HR, or Cadence) and forget it.  Just run to the rhythm of the music and you’ll stay on target.

Start to get tired and fall off your target? Cruise Control will get you back on track with a metronome that kicks in to help.  The steady ticking noise makes it hard NOT to match the rhythm.  Once you’re back on target, your music will come back on.

Don’t worry—since we’ve pre-selected the best songs from your music library you won’t get any songs that are so sped up they sound like chipmunks or so slowed down that they’re crawling through molasses.  If you do get a song that isn’t working for you, just give it a thumbs down and never hear it again.

Make custom Cruise Control playlists in the music tab.  You can choose based on the songs you liked best (thumbs up!), genre, mood, or whatever tickles your fancy.

Check out all of your Cruise Control runs in the history tab and choose an individual run to see more details, data, maps, and even share your run on Facebook, Twitter, and more!