DjRun: Running with Music

DjRun: Running with Music


(2 stars)


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10,000 - 50,000 downloads

  • Powerful app concept
  • Ease of use
  • Accuracy
  • Sober design
  • Restrictive free version
  • Needs better integration with wearables
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Expert's Review

"Run to the beat"

Reviewed by / Mar 06, 2014

DjRun matches your running pace to the music rhythm

When it came to running, mood is as important as feet. One of the best ways to get in the right running mood is listening to music. However, music can, unwittingly, affect your pace. DjRun's here to avoid those situations and motivate you to improve your workouts.

DjRun uses the motion sensors built-in in your smartphone to detect your stride rate (steps/minute). Next, it tracks all the songs located in your SDcard and discover its beats per minute (BPM). With these two values, it suggests you songs that match your running pace. That's the booster you needed to complete your running plan.

There's more. DjRun comes with preset trainings from Beginner to Expert level and some Sprint Intervals and Challenges. Only first two weeks plan for Beginner level is available in the free version. In addition, you can adjust at your whim lot of parameters: manually set target stride rate (pin mode), custom trainings and order song by title, artist, tempo. Most of these features are only available in the Pro version.

DjRun's UX is simple yet neat and polished. A design revamping would enhance its attractive though. In addition, it's a pity that the free version is such restrictive. A limited time trial version would be preferable.

Beyond these catches, the app concept is so powerful. Must-try.

Tags: tempo run htc, djrun pro, running png, djrun version, tempo fffitness, running music.

Developer's original description available here
DjRun plays your own music, picking songs that match your running or walking tempo. It's as simple as hitting play! DjRun Pro can even adapt the playback tempo like a real DJ, following your stride rate! While mainly targeted towards running, DjRun works with all sports that exhibit steady repetitive movement, like walking, hiking, cycling, rope-skipping, rollerskating, rowing, fitness ...

DjRun supports 3 different modes of operation: Auto mode, Pin Mode and Training Mode.
- Auto mode is free and picks song that match your current stride rate
- Pin mode allows you to "pin" the stride rate to the number you want. (Pro only)
- Training mode makes the stride rate follow a predefined profile. There are a lot of profiles built in, but users can easily draw their own with the built-in editor (Pro only)

How does it work?
DjRun uses the accelerometers in your phone to analyze your movement. From this it calculates your stride rate, expressed in steps/minute. It then plays the songs that match this tempo, magically providing the satisfying sensation of running to the beat!

To do this, DjRun needs to know the tempo of your songs, expressed in Beats Per Minute (BPM). DjRun is capable to detect this by itself using various methods. Although it can take quite a while, the app is fully functional while analyzing your music, allowing you to run to the songs that are already tempo-detected. If all automated song tempo detection methods fail, it is still possible to manually tap the tempo on-screen from within the song browser.


* Stride Rate Detection (pedometer)
- Carry your phone the way you want, DjRun adapts
- Small disturbances won't affect a stable detection
- Runs smooth, even on older phones
CAUTION: Due to an android firmware bug, a lot of android 2.2- but also other phones- require the screen to stay on for the sensors to function. This setting is available but turned off by default.

* Music tempo detection:
- Detecting tempo by online lookup (Pro only)
- Detecting tempo by song metadata (e.g. ID3 tags)
- Detecting the tempo by analyzing the audio
- Manually tapping the tempo
- Control the song tempo detection process by letting it run in the background or manually stop and restart it

* Song playing strategy
- The playback tempo can be auto adjusted, following your stride rate. Without pitch shift and with great quality! (Pro only)
- Songs that are double or 4 times as fast and slow are also used
- DjRun avoids repeating songs whenever possible
- Optionally auto-change the song when it stops matching

* Other options
- Select your own playlist to run to (Pro only)
- Select a folder to run to (Pro only)
- Pin mode: Manually set target stride rate (Pro only)
- Training Mode: Stride rate follows predefined profile plan
- Draw your own Training profile (Pro only)
- Skip to the next song with one click
- Ad free (Pro only)

The Pro version can be activated from within the app.

Recently changed in this version

V2.0 Beta
Lots of new stuff, lots of bug potential!

- Training Mode and editor: Run to built-in training plans or draw your own (Pro only)

- Hold Button: play the current song till it ends

- Remote/Bluetooth media controls

- Option to only detect song tempo's for selected folder/playlist

- Setting to control 2x/4x tempo song picking

- Setting to control aggressiveness in avoiding song repetition

- Faster song skipping

- Option to force restoring DjRun Pro

- Lots of small bugs fixed

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Comments and ratings for DjRun: Running with Music
  • (37)

    by Jess McAlinden on 25/05/2014

    Was really excited to find this app, however I've found it only correctly analysed about 30% of music on my device. As such, the music it selects is more limited than the manual playlists I had created for exercise, defeating the purpose of installing. When it gets it right it is very good, but after 4 hours of use I've found it doesn't get it right often enough.

  • (37)

    by Jim Paterson on 18/04/2014

    I have a love hate relationship with this app. The free version is extremely basic so I forked out the $2.49 for the Pro version to get all of the features. A small investment considering all of the other money I spend on running gear. Pros: * Brings in all of your music playlists * Goes through the music on your phone and calculates the bpm of each song relatively accurately * Allows you to sp

  • (37)

    by Dominick Villella on 13/04/2014

    Every time i start the program it starts in free version (even though i paid for pro) and looses all my settings. I have to long press the restore pro version button several times and restart the program and reset all my settings each time. When it works, it works well. Unfortunately it takes way to long to setup each time. I do hope for an update that will correct this problem.

  • (37)

    by cole edwards on 24/03/2014

    It sometimes thinks at startup, that is why it lost a star, but I was running to the beat after that! Made for a great workout!

  • (37)

    by Cole Edwards on 06/03/2014

    Lost a star bc it takes time to start playing, and sometimes thinks between songs. But Totally awesome overall! I'm running and every time my foot hits the ground right along with the drum beat! Very inspiring!

  • (37)

    by Jacob Reed on 19/02/2014

    First off, the app hasn't been updated since August of 2012. I bought the pro version, but every time I load the app, it forgets I bought the pro license, loses some of my settings, and has to re-analyze the BPM for all my songs . It's a big hassle trying to set it up each time. And when I'm ready to go running, I don't have time to deal with that. DON'T BOTHER WITH THE PRO VERSION. Also, no repl

  • (37)

    by Parag Seth on 16/02/2014

    Good app esp. for interval training. Could add support to record running stats so you can compare the actual pace u ran to what it was supposed to be.

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