I can’t do very much without music; I’ll admit that I’ve skipped workouts because my iPod died or I’ve left the gym because I forgot headphones–once I actually went out and bought headphones and then went back to the gym.
I’ve found an app that helps provide me with some variety in the music department: 8tracks
What’s great about this app is that you can put in search terms like “workout”, “motivation”, and “upbeat” and get a bunch of user-created playlists. You can love songs, you can save playlists to your profile (so you can find them with ease), and if you’re an American user, you can create your own playlists for other users to enjoy. It’s an easy way to discover new music.
Being a Canadian user, sometimes I lament my inability to create a playlist, but let’s be real: my musical selections probably won’t be missed by anyone. The other downfall of this app is that you can’t playback songs, you must run through the entire playlist to hear that awesome song again; also, you can only skip a few songs before the app tells you that you’re not able to skip anymore in that playlist. These limitations are only about a 3 on an aggravation scale of 1 to 10, 10 being most aggravating–considering you get to check out cool tunes for free, I think the limits are acceptable.
You can also listen to 8tracks online, so if you want to use your phone for say…a phonecall…you can easily access the site if you can’t use your app.