Music apps for runners match song beats to step counts

Mon May 12, 2014 11:41am EDT
 
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By Natasha Baker

TORONTO (Reuters) - Runners who listen to music while exercising can turn to new apps that match the beats to their steps, which app makers claim can increase enjoyment of the sport.

More than 45 million smartphone users in the United States use fitness and health apps, an 18 percent increase since last year, according to global information company Nielsen.

Although runners often turn to apps to track distance traveled, calories burned, or to set goals, new apps aim simply to increase enjoyment of running by matching the tempo of the music with the runner’s stride.

RockMyRun, a free app for the iPhone, provides playlists that change tempo to match the pace of the runner, slowing down and speeding up as they do.

"We want to help people enjoy running more and perform better, because those are the keys to getting them to do that activity again,” said Adam Riggs-Zeigen, co-founder of San Diego-based Rock My World Inc, which developed the app.

The app uses the device’s sensors to detect the runner's steps per minute and then automatically adjusts the music's beats per minute to match the step count.

"Music that is matched to the pace of the runner can increase the length people are willing to run, and create more positive emotions associated with the activity,” said Riggs-Zeigen.

Playlists within the app, which is available worldwide, are curated by professional DJs.   Continued...

 
A woman jogs along the Charles River on an early spring evening in Boston, Massachusetts April 3, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder