FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where do I start?
If you’re utterly bewildered about how to begin using Music Journeys, we would suggest starting by looking through the included Places and Journeys that come with your download and already exist in your library. You can also go into the Places screen, edit them to add music, change their location, and make them your own.
A NEW AND VERY EASY WAY to get started is to load a Journey Template, which includes common Places that you can edit to make them fit your life. See the Journeys section, below, for tips on how to do that.
Can I pause location updates while I am traveling?
Absolutely! If you are traveling on a Journey or just Wandering, but want to keep the current action going (like a favorite playlist you are enjoying too much to part with), just double tap the map in the Home screen. Music Journeys will not update the location or trigger new Actions until you double tap the map again to resume.
What if I have more questions?
If your question wasn’t answered here, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll get back to you right away!
What is a Place?
A Place is a spot on the map where you want Music Journeys to do something. Each Place has a shape, a Main Action for playing music, as well as its own Variations and a few other options. An Action or Variation will happen when you cross the outer edge of the Place. You can learn more about Variations, below. Any combination of Places and Events is possible inside a Journey. Mix and match as you like!
What is an Event?
Events are not triggered by being in a physical location, but are triggered instead by the distance or by time. These Events are terrific for runners, or for hiking or walking. You can change the mood to different music at a certain point during your travels to celebrate a milestone, or perhaps just insert your favorite inspirational song to keep you inspired and then return to the previous music that was playing. And don’t forget to include transition sounds when you create an Event…they can add fun and excitement to any Journey!
How do I edit a Place or Event once it’s saved?
There are several ways to edit. The most obvious is to select Place& Event Library from the menu, select the one you want from the list, and then Edit.
You can also edit a Place or Event from two spots within the Home screen Location tab…by selecting the Active Place or Nearest Place and then editing it, or by selecting the List button on the right and then choosing what you would like from within that Journey.
What is a Demo Place?
Demo Places are now included along with Places you create, to give you and idea of the various ways to use a Place. Note that Demo Places do not include actual media content, and you need to edit them to add you own music, select a location, etc. After you save it, it is no longer a Demo…it’s yours to keep!
How do I access Included Places & Events?
There are actual Places and Events in Music Journeys included for certain areas, distances, and times, already curated with Apple Music songs or playlists! These are typically for common tourist areas where many folks might want to have a musical experience. To find these collections, select Included from the top of the Place & Event library page. They can be sorted by collections there as well…Walt Disney World, San Francisco, Paris, Washington DC, and more!
Can I import Places & Events shared from others?
Of course you can! A Place or an Event can be shared with you from friends through AirDrop, email, or text. AirDrop and email will automatically open the file in Music Journeys and allow you to view or modify before saving it to your library. iMessage is slightly different. You will need to select the sender’s icon at the top of your screen, touch ‘info’, and then touch the individual attachment that shows up in the Documents area. Then it opens just the same as the other two and can be saved to your library.
What can I do with Variations?
Variations define special conditions that you can use for enhanced experiences. You can define as many variations for a Place or Event as you would like. There are three main types: Round Trip, Time of Day, and Day of the Week.
- Round trip variations can play something different the second time the Place or Event triggers. For instance, one action can take place when you start your Journey in a Place, and a different action can take place when you end it by returning there.
- Time of Day variations can play something other than the Base Action between certain times, sunrise, or sunset.
- Day of the Week variations can play different content for each day.
Let’s be realistic…your mood on Fridays is likely very different than on Mondays, right? Why settle for the same music?
How do I create a Variation?
To add a Variation, you need to edit. This can be done through the Place Detail screen, accessible from the menu, or from many other places. Once you’re editing a Place or an Event you’ll see a Variations tab.
How do I create a round trip for running or jogging?
There is a way to do this in Music Journeys! In the Place that you go into twice (your starting/ending Place) just add a Round Trip Variation. You can choose what Action to play the first time you enter the Place, and a different one for the second time.
How do I do different things at night vs. daytime in a Place?
You can do this by building a time variation for that Place or Event.
What are Actions?
Actions are musical things that you choose to happen when a Place or Event triggers. There are many different types of Actions, like the Song Action that plays a song, the Playlist Action that plays a Playlist, the One Song from Playlist Action, which plays a random song from a Playlist, and the Silence Action, which silences all the music playing. There is even a Placeholder Action, that can be used as a placeholder for something you want to add in the future.
What is a Main Action?
The Main Action is the standard thing that will be performed when no Variations are defined or when no defined Variations are active. For instance, if you only have one Variation, it’s set to play between 3:00 and 5:00, and it’s 7:00 right now, the Main Action will play because no Variations are active. Another example: If you have a Variation set to play the second time you enter a Place, and you enter the Place for the first time, the Main Action will play.
Why would I create an Action to do silence?
The Silence Action fades out whatever is playing when a Place or Event triggers. It can be useful to provide a bit of silence between Places. It can also be useful, for instance, when you arrive at your destination and want your tunes to fade out nicely as you arrive…home, work, school, whatever.
Why would I create an Action to do nothing at all?
The Placeholder Action is actually very useful if you want to create a lot of Places manually and then go back later and add the actions and details. The Placeholder Action is also very useful in Variations. For instance, during certain times of the day you may want a Place to not do anything at all when you arrive. This would effectively make the Place invisible during that period.
Where do I start with Journeys?
There are several ways you can create or import a Journey. The easiest way to get started is to add one of the Journey Templates to your library and customize it for your own world. Simple go to the Journeys page, hit the + in the upper right corner, select New from Template, and select one of the included blank Journeys. You can customize it from there to make it work for you!
You can also import included Journeys for some popular destinations, or build your own (hit the + button and select Create Your Own).
What is a Demo Journey?
Demo Journeys are now included and contain Demo Places, to give you and idea of the various ways to use a Journey. Note that Demo Places do not include actual media content, and you need to edit them to add you own music, select a location, etc. To make a Demo Journey your own, just edit it to include your Places and save. Then it’s all yours!
How do I access Included Journeys?
Journeys are included for certain popular destinations, including Places and Events already curated with Apple Music songs or playlists! To find these collections of Journeys, select Included Journeys from the top of the Journeys list page. They can be sorted by collections there as well…Walt Disney World, San Francisco, Paris, Washington DC, and more!
Can I import Journeys shared from others?
Of course you can! A Journey can be shared with you from friends through AirDrop, email, or text. AirDrop and email will automatically open the file in Music Journeys and allow you to view or modify before saving. iMessage is slightly different. You will need to select the sender’s icon at the top of your screen, touch ‘info’, and then touch the individual attachment that shows up in the Documents area. Then the Journey will open and can be saved just the same.
How do I capture a Journey?
Capturing Journeys is amazingly convenient! It’s a perfect way for a beginning user to get started, or for anyone who wants to travel a path and mark spots for future editing while they travel.
Just select the Journeys screen from the menu, add a Journey using the +, and select Capture While Traveling. The rest is easy. This will create a Place each time you tap the map to capture and assign a Placeholder Action for the time being. You can edit it afterward as you like.
Can the app start up with a Journey already running?
Yes it can. In the Settings screen, you can choose one of four different ways to have the app launch: start in Wander mode, start in the last Journey that was played, or show the mode chooser to prompt you each time the app starts up.
What types of music services are supported by Music Journeys?
Music Journeys supports music from your iTunes library as well as Apple Music. We plan to add other services in the future, so please send us an email with your future preferences, and we’ll see what we should add next!
Does my music need to be downloaded to my iPhone to work?
Music Journeys does not require your music to be downloaded in order to work. Any music used with your Places & Events will stream fine while you travel, but obviously you will use less data from your cell provider if you download everything you plan on using first, while connected to WiFi.
Music fades don’t seem to work in my car…why?
If you are using a USB data connection to a car audio system, Music Journeys cannot currently control the audio levels. A fade will sound pretty much like a bump transition as a result. A way to make this more enjoyable is to select a “Sound” transition for that Action. This will help bridge your music nicely even without fading! Note that connecting to a car audio system through Bluetooth instead of USB will enable Music Journeys to change audio levels, allowing the fade to happen properly.
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