Pace Matching Workout iPhone App for Walking or Running
TrailMix Pro is a music player for the iPhone or iPod that is good for runners or walking enthusiasts. What it does is builds a playlist from the music you have stored on your device based on the tempo you are moving at. It’s a clever unique app that I think people will enjoy.
TrailMix Pro ran perfectly every time I ran it. All screens and functions performed as expected and as advertised in the app store. It is a music playing app that measures your pace and it does adjust the list of songs that play based on the pace you are moving at. Let’s Discuss…
Appearance and Usefulness
The TrailMix Pro app essentially have four screens for users to see. The music list screen which shows the music currently available on your phone for the app to choose from. It also has two buttons at the bottom of the screen. One buttons toggles between non-shuffle, shuffle, and magic shuffle. Magic shuffle plays music to match the pace the user is walking or running. It also has a repeat button to the same song can be repeated as much as the user would like. Between the two buttons is a heart icon that users can tap to do some social interactions with Facebook or twitter. Then there’s the currently being played screen which shows the album art for the album the song is from, how many steps taken and it has a play/pause fast forward and rewind button at the bottom. Another screen is the tempo matching or pedometer screen that shows your current pace and it also has the same play/pause, fast forward and rewind buttons as well. The pedometer screen looks like a gauge someone would see in a car that has blue tinted interior lights. It looks great as far as I’m concerned. The fourth and final screen is a results screen that tells the user how many steps they’ve taken, their time spent moving, and the pace they moved at during their workout. It also has buttons to post to Facebook and Twitter for those users who like to brag! Hahaha! Actually posting good workouts to Facebook is a nice way to get some moral support from friends so it’s a good I would think.
As for the the usefulness of this app I think that will vary based on how active of a runner/walker the user is and how much they mind their music tempo being adjusted to match the pace they are moving at. The simple to use music player interface makes this real nice app for simply walking or running while listening to music. The button that allows you to toggle between shuffle types is also a nice touch because it’s easy to use while moving. The screens are clear and easy to read so that’s also helpful. I also like that fact that it tracks a users steps like a pedometer would. In fact I would go so far as to say that buying this app gives the user two apps in one, a pedometer app and a walking exercise app. Two for the price of one is never a bad thing in my book.
The one thing that bothers me is the feature that the developer says is it’s main selling point.. It adjusts the tempo of the music to match the pace of the person using it. This can be good and this can be bad. For someone looking at it from a workout perspective it’s a good thing. I know from personal experience that when i’m walking fast I can’t listen to a slow love song or something very slow paced. I also know that my workouts seems to move quicker when I’m working out with a song that has some “PEP” in it. However the fact that I am a DJ and I like my music to sound the way the artist had intended to sound makes me a little leery of the fact that it changes the tempo the music plays at. I turned on Frank Sinatra and he sounded like something totally different. It bothered me so much I had to change the song. Once I started moving slower the song sounded like it was supposed to but it was a little weird to hear it the way it was first being played. I can see how some people might be turned off by their songs not sounding the way they are supposed to and it might persuade some not to buy the app. However the nice thing is users with a sensitive ear like me can turn off the tempo matching feature and just use the app as a pedometer and a music player. So I don’t think it’s something anyone should let keep them from giving TrailMix Pro a try.
At the time of this review this app was selling for $4.99 in the app store. I kind of think that’s a little high. I would like to see this app in the $2.99 range myself. I think the $4.99 price might turn some people off.