Where do I start?
If you’re utterly bewildered about how to build your own Places, we would suggest starting by looking through the demo Places and Journeys that come with your download. 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 can be either real or virtual. A Map Place is a spot on the map where you want Music Journeys to do something. Each Map Place has a radius for its circle, a Base Action of playing music, 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 Virtual Places and Map Places is possible inside a Journey. Mix and match as you like!
What is a Virtual Place?
Virtual Places are not triggered by being in a physical location, but are triggered instead by the distance you have traveled or by elapsed time. These Places 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 achieve this Virtual Place…they can add fun and excitement to any Place!
How do I edit a Place once it’s saved?
There are several ways to edit a Place. The most obvious is to select Places from the menu, select the Place from the list, and then Edit.
You can also edit a Place 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 a Place from within the 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?
There are actual Places in Music Journeys included for certain areas, already curated with Apple Music songs or playlists! These Places are typically for common tourist areas where many folks might want to have a musical experience. To find these collections of Places, select Included Places from the top of the Place list page. They can be sorted by collections there as well…Walt Disney World, San Francisco, Paris, Washington DC, and more!
Can I import Places shared from others?
Of course you can! A Place 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 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 you enter a Map Place. For instance, one action can take place when you start your Journey in a Map 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 a Place. This can be done through the Place screen, accessible from the menu, or from many other places. Once you’re editing a Place, 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 Map 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.
What are Actions?
Actions are musical things that you choose to happen when you enter a Place. There are many different types of Actions, like the Song Action that plays a song and the Playlist Action that plays a Playlist. There are also a few other Actions, like 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 Play Nothing Action, that can be used as a placeholder for something you want to add in the future.
What is a Base Action?
The Base Action is the standard Action 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 Base 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 Base Action will play.
Why would I create an Action to do silence?
The Silence Action fades out whatever is playing when you enter a Place. 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 Play Nothing 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 Ignore 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.
How do I start using 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 New from Scratch).
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 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 a Journey. The rest is easy. This will create a Places each time you tap the map to capture and assign an Ignore 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 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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