Mighty Vibe Spotify Music Player review: A tiny Spotify player that frees you from your phone

If you were sad when Apple’s iPod Shuffle was discontinued in 2017, you might find some solace in learning that the Mighty Vibe is essentially the new iPod Shuffle for the streaming era. It retails for $86 in the US and £61 to £80 in the UK (via Amazon and elsewhere), but it’s also sometimes sold for as low as $69 (plus $5 shipping) from the manufacturer’s website (see discount details).

Now, the big caveat from the “it’s like the Shuffle for streaming” is this: It has nothing to do with Apple or (blech!) iTunes. Instead it’s just for Spotify, the most popular subscription streaming music service in the world — and an an up-and-coming purveyor of podcasts too.

With a 0.7-ounce (20-gram) body made of plastic instead of aluminum, it’s not quite as small or swanky looking as the Shuffle. But it’s pretty tiny and is designed to clip onto a piece of clothing — just like the Shuffle was.

Those similarities aside, the Mighty Vibe has two key features missing from the Shuffle: Bluetooth wireless connectivity and the ability to download any song or podcast you want from Spotify. The caveat is that you have to be a Spotify Premium subscriber to use it. That’ll cost you $10 (£10 or AU$12) a month.

The Mighty Vibe clipped onto a shirt.

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Some people experienced Bluetooth hiccups with Mighty’s first-generation player. Addressing those complaints, Mighty said it has improved the Bluetooth performance for both connectivity and range in the Vibe. It seemed mostly fine to me, and fellow CNET editor David Katzmaier also didn’t encounter any major issues.

Setup and synching were straightforward and I had no problem re-pairing the device with the Mighty app — it’s available for iOS and Android — when I needed to refresh a playlist with additional songs or add another playlist.

While the Vibe is connected to the app on your iOS or Android device via Bluetooth, you transfer playlists over Wi-Fi. That means your phone and Vibe need to be on the same Wi-Fi network for synching. It’s also worth mentioning that when you transfer playlists you can choose between three quality levels — Normal, High and Extreme. If you use the Normal setting transfers are faster, but syncing proceeds with reasonable speed regardless of what setting you choose, thanks to the Wi-Fi connection.

Bring your music, not your phone with this Spotify player

Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming services in the world: in 2018, there were 191 million monthly active users, giving Spotify a staggering 36% of the global streaming market.

The only problems with the blockbuster app are how much it can drain your smartphone battery and the fact that you need an internet connection to play unless you’ve downloaded playlists to your phone. You’ve got to keep your phone plugged into your car’s adapter to keep your playlist running throughout a road trip, and you risk running up a big data bill if you’re not connected to WiFi. The Mighty Vibe Spotify Offline Player takes your phone out of the equation for on-the-go listening — and this new and improved version runs laps around its predecessor.


The Mighty Vibe keeps your Spotify playlist (free version or Premium) rolling via Bluetooth and WiFi. No signal? No problem. This speaker stores more than 1,000 songs offline, so you can tune into your favorite playlists when you’re at the gym or grilling up prime cuts at your backyard barbecue. Its redesigned Bluetooth antenna is a huge bonus, creating a wider playback range and promoting stronger connectivity.

You can listen to more than five continuous hours of music on a single charge with this latest version of the Mighty Vibe. It’s water-resistant and protects against drops, making it the perfect pool party companion.

This speaker stores your music offline, so you can take a break from your phone without sacrificing your songs. Aside from the 1,000+ songs that this Mighty Vibe can sync, it also downloads podcasts and has a new shuffle feature for audiophiles with a short attention span.


The Vibe automatically re-syncs your music every night with its Stay Fresh feature, so you’ll never get stuck with yesterday’s tunes. It’s ultra-durable, connects in a flash to most Bluetooth headphones and comes in three funky colors.

The Mighty Vibe Spotify Offline Player typically costs $85.99, but right now it’s on sale for only $76.99 (10% off). It’s available in classic Black, Gully Blue and Mooshu Red.

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How to Sync Spotify Music to Your iPod

By Kim Gilmour

Spotify is compatible with all the iPod classic models, as well as the iPod shuffle and iPod nano. Any iPod that connects via a USB cable connection, rather than the very first model that required a FireWire connection (isn’t there a museum you can donate that to?), will work.

One exception is the iPod touch: You need to download Spotify’s mobile app to listen to local tracks. The instructions in the following section apply only to the classic, nano, and shuffle iPod versions. (Also, the Spotify mobile app is incompatible with the first generation iPod touch — so if you were an early adopter of the world of touch-screen technology, sadly, these instructions don’t work for you, either.)

To sync music from Spotify to your iPod, follow these steps:

  1. Quit iTunes, if it’s running.

    You can’t sync if you have both of these applications open because it could cause conflicts.

  2. Open Spotify.

  3. Plug your iPod into your computer by using the USB cable, as usual.

    Your iPod should appear below Devices in your Spotify window’s left sidebar.

    The first time you connect your iPod to Spotify, you’ll be asked if you want to erase your iPod and sync it with Spotify. In subsequent syncs, you aren’t asked to do this again as long as you continue using Spotify for your syncs.

  4. Click Erase iPod & Sync with Spotify, if it appears in the Spotify window.

    After Spotify erases your iPod, two options appear at the top of the page: Sync All Music to This iPod and Manually Choose Playlists to Sync.

  5. Sync all your music to your iPod.

    The iPod automatically starts syncing all your music because the Sync All Music to This iPod option is selected by default. Additionally, Spotify syncs your playlists, starred tracks and so on — but only tracks you’ve already bought are actually copied over.

    You can see how much syncing has completed by viewing the progress bar. It counts down how many tracks are left to sync. Below Devices, you may also notice the spinning arrows next to your iPod, signifying that the sync is in progress. When the arrows stop and turn into an Eject button, the sync is complete.

  6. Safely remove your iPod after the sync is complete by clicking the Eject button that appears next to your iPod in the Spotify sidebar.

    Your iPod itself may also display a message warning you not to disconnect. When the iPod is properly ejected, make sure the warning message on the iPod disappears (it may take a few seconds).

  7. After the warning message is gone, unplug your iPod.

Your refreshed iPod is ready — updated through Spotify and with no intervention from iTunes! The next time you plug in your iPod, it doesn’t take nearly as long for it to detect any changes to your file setup as the original sync did.

The 7 Best Running and Workout Music Apps

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If you’re the type of person who likes to listen to music while you run or work out, you’re not alone. MP3 players are an essential piece of gym equipment for many people. This is unsurprising; several scientific studies have proved a positive correlation between listening to music and better performance.

But what’s the best running music app? Which workout music apps should you use? Keep reading to find out.

1. Spotify

Spotify used to offer a feature called Running. It used your phone’s accelerometer to match tunes with your jogging pace. Sadly, Spotify decided to retire the feature in early 2018.

Nonetheless, Spotify is still a great running music app. It offers a vast selection of playlists to listen to while you’re jogging. Find them in the Workout playlist category. To access this, open the app on your phone and go to Search > Workout.

Thankfully, there are still some Spotify Running alternatives you can check out if you miss the deprecated feature.

Download: Spotify for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)

2. RockMyRun

RockMyRun is one of the most popular BPM music apps in the App Store. The big selling point of RockMyRun is its ability to automatically adjust the music to sync with your steps or heart rate. You can also set your preferred beats per minute, and the app will automatically find songs to match.

Keep in mind that research suggests our performance hits a cap at 145BPM; anything above that won’t provide extra gains.

Impressively, RockMyRun’s benefits have been independently verified by scientists at the Exercise and Physical Activity Resource Center. They found the app could increase motivation and enjoyment by up to 35 percent.

Download: RockMyRun for Android | iOS (Free trial, subscription required)

3. Fit Radio

Another service with some of the best running music is Fit Radio. The app has three distinct tabs, all of which combine to it make a leading running music app.

The first tab is Coaching. It provides access to recorded coaches who push you through your workout. Just set whether you want to do an outdoor run, treadmill run, elliptical session, spinning, or high-intensity interval training (HIIT). The coach will play music to match the workout while simultaneously providing motivational hints. 24 new coach playlists are available every week.

Secondly, there’s a Music tab. It provides specially curated DJs mixes. And unlike services such as Spotify and Google Music—which are very restricted in terms of the number of music filters on offer—Fit Radio allows you to sort music by BPM, DJ, and workout activity. You can even set your own customized intervals. 150 new mixes are available every month to keep your workout time fresh.

The final tab is called Running. Like RockMyRun, it can match music to your pace. Just hit the Play button, start jogging, and the app will take care of the rest.

Download: Fit Radio for Android | iOS (Free trial, subscription required)

4. Runtastic

Runtastic is a Spotify Running alternative with a difference. Rather than providing you with good running music, the app takes a different approach through the use of its “Running Stories.”

A Running Story is part-audiobook, part-music mix. The exclusive content is created by an international team of storytellers, musicians, and sound technicians. Stories are available across several different genres (such as Inspirational, Sci-Fi, Travel, and Coaching) and each is around 30 minutes in length. Check out the video above to get an idea of what to expect.

Of course, Runtastic also differs from the other apps we’ve looked at in that you can use it as a workout tracker. You can set goals, analyze your training patterns, perform challenges, join groups, and a whole lot more.

Download: Runtastic for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)

5. Hit Your Run

Hit Your Run isn’t quite as polished as the other apps on this list. However, it has one big advantage: the app is entirely free to download and use. There are no subscription requirements, and it’s not a freemium model. Of course, that inevitably means the app is ad-supported, but that’s a tradeoff you might be happy with.

There is no automatic matching between the music and your running pace. Instead, all the music is searchable by BPM, and you can create your own playlists.

The available music is also overwhelmingly weighted towards newer releases. If you’re looking for some older dance classics to help you through your workout, you’ll be out of luck. And sadly, Hit Your Run is not available on iOS.

Download: Hit Your Run for Android (Free)

6. Spring Running Music

Spring Running Music is an iOS-only running music app. You’ll find it to be a good fit regardless of whether you’re looking for a workout music app or a running music app.

Importantly for some people, Spring Running Music is an app that plays music to your running pace. It will automatically detect your running rhythm and play music that has a corresponding BPM. In total, it offers more than 100 different playlists packed with the best running music to listen to.

You can also use Spring to design your own interval-based workout music playlists. There’s even a built-in GPS tracker for monitoring distances and calories burned.

Download: Spring Running Music for iOS (Free trial, subscription required)

7. GYM Radio

We end with another one of the best workout music apps—GYM Radio.

The app is simple to use. At the top of the screen, there are three tabs: Cardio, Gym, and Hardcore. Each tab has dozens of radio “channels” built around specific workout themes. For example, there’s a CrossFit channel, a fight channel, a pre-workout channel, and even a rest day channel.

The app does provide some workout music for free, but you’re limited to 20 minutes of listening and miss out on features like track skipping and high-quality audio unless you subscribe.

Download: GYM Radio for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)

The Best Running Music App

So which is the best running music app? It’s a difficult question to answer and depends a lot on the type of workouts you do.

If you’re not bothered about using an app that plays music to your running pace, Spotify is the obvious answer—especially as you might already subscribe to it. For people who want a BPM music app, we recommend RockMyRun.

To learn more, check out some apps to make running more fun 7 Apps That Make Running and Jogging More Enjoyable 7 Apps That Make Running and Jogging More Enjoyable Find running boring? Try these mobile apps that turn jogging into something more fun, like a game of survival. Read More and the best running watches to track your exercise.

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Best Music Apps for Running

You may be lost on where you can find music apps and how different apps work. Use this guide to find the best apps for fueling indoor and outdoor runs or your next workout.

Spotify One of the most comprehensive free music apps, Spotify is a massive resource with thousands of songs and albums available to stream for free apart from some 30-second advertisements. You can pay for the premium version and have no commercials. Download music to your phone to be played offline when running in the mountains, or anywhere without service. Spotify is perfect for playlists. Search or create your own; it’s a simple app that anyone can use.

Shazam This is another free music app that doesn’t exactly work through playlists. You’re at the gym and an awesome song comes on, but you have no idea what it is. Open Shazam, let the app listen to the song and within 30 seconds you have the name and artist. Shazam is a great way to find songs for your workout playlist when you’re out and about.

Google Play Music Google Play Music works pretty much exactly like Spotify, along with allowing you to upload 50,000 songs from your own collection. It’s a great app if you want to mix your own music with streaming and is one of the more personalized music apps. Based on your tastes and activities, it can suggest songs for you. Go to the gym every Tuesday? On Tuesday mornings it will suggest workout songs for you.

Zombies, run! Not exactly the normal music you would listen to while working out, but Zombies, run! has helped keep me going when I’ve gotten tired. It’s a great app where you listen to a story being told as if you are the main character. Zombies chase you often and you must pick up the pace to get rid of them. The story is interesting and can be creepy at times. The free version makes you wait to play missions, but pay a one-off fee and get everything at once.

RockMyRun You’ve heard of Mapmyrun. Well here comes Rockmyrun. This app is perfect for runners who need a good mix of fast tempo songs to keep up motivation. You can connect with MapMyRun so the software knows when you need a fast song to get you through faster-paced runs. You do need to pay for the ad-free time.

Deezer The Deezer app works very similarly to Spotify. You can stream music easily but have to pay in order to download and listen offline. A great service with a huge music library.

GYM Radio The perfect music app for gym lovers. Features three stations; cardio, gym, and hardcore. Choose your exercise and the mix of music matches your mood. Cardio is pop, upbeat songs to keep you happy. GYM is steady, focus type music and hardcore…imagine metal and rock songs.

PaceDJ The app for those who don’t want to stream. This app catalogs the music on your phone and organizes it into various tempo playlists. It has a nice guide to make playlists. If you want simplicity and little fuss when making playlists, this app is for you.

Good Luck!

Have fun finding the right music apps for you! Most are free and work great when cell service is good. Listening to music during your workout can motivate and energize you, so try out a few of these music apps and find one that works for you.

Zac Green is chief editor of popular music blog ZingInstruments.com. He believes that music isn’t just a thing you do – it’s a mindset, an attitude, a way of life.

/ Kaspars GrinvaldsWorkouts are just plain easier with music. There have been a slew of studies done on the effects of music on physical performance and conclusions for moderate exercise in general show that working out with some beats can make you run a little farther and feel better about it afterward.

Developers are all well aware of the psychology behind this. That said, these aren’t the apps designed to discover new music, so don’t download them for that. If you already have a music streaming service like Spotify, then there’s usually a workout channel or two, and if you actually pay for your streaming you have more control over your track selection and playlists. Songza is another decent streamer that’s often forgotten, but it offers decent workout options. And don’t forget the other biggies, Pandora and Slacker. If you don’t already stream or don’t have a fitness tracker, here are five apps designed specifically to match music with your workouts.


A newcomer to the music app space, Spring combines the best features of general music streaming apps, such as curated music selections and 35,000 songs with the added option to design your own interval training. The music will let you know when Spring is going to pump you up. Spring knows the science that explains why matching motion to music is effective, and makes full use of it. Spring doesn’t have a selection to match Pandora, but the app does include GPS to track the basics of your run like distance and your song-based performance so you can see what motivated you. The downsides: Spring is only out for Apple devices at the moment, and you only get five hours of streaming free. The upsides: Spring does work on your Apple Watch, and also works with Apple Health. The Android version of the app is set to launch late summer 2015.


RockyMyRun is all about the tempo. Also curated, their DJs make exercise mixes with steady tempos to keep up your endurance. This writer has personally been a victim of the mismatched station on regular streaming services, where you’re hitting your third mile and suddenly some out-of-place song comes on and you have to dig your phone out of your pocket to skip the song. By then your stride and momentum are both broken. RockMyRun helps you avoid all that. It can play seamlessly without long gaps between tracks that would otherwise kill your momentum and distract you with the question: “Did I just lose my connection?” Even better, you can play music offline.

Another great feature that keeps RockMyRun highly rated is the cadence matcher; the trademarked Body-Driven Music matches your music to your movement — or rather, to your steps. It’s like a modern version of those old military marching songs, but for civvies.

Even if you don’t use that, mixes BPMs are listed so if you already know what works for you, you can go right to it. The app works with MapMyRun as well as Nike+, Endomondo, and Runtastic. Register at no cost and you get all playlists under 45 minutes for free. Sadly, you need Rockstar level ($5 a month or $36 a year) to go ad free and get all the good stuff; continuous playback, four hour playlists, and access to Body Driven Music. Fair warning, their drum and bass offerings are a little slim at the moment.

A recent update has caused some crashing issues, but their customer support is responsive so let’s hope those will be resolved quickly. It’s on iTunes and the Google Play Store.

FIT Radio

Also unique to iTunes, FIT Radio is one of the original gangsters of Apple fitness music apps. Their curated mixes come in a bunch of shapes and sizes. They have workout specific mixes, new mixes daily, and a tap-and-play setup that doesn’t require creating playlists or caching any files. Of course the mixes keep BPM and rhythm continuity.

The free version only offers three to six mixes per genre and has ads , but you do get new mixes and the option to turn off the explicit lyrics. Paying for premium grants full ad-free access to the full mix catalog, including unlimited skips, and DJ profiles. A month is $4, a year is $28, life time is $80. Decent genre and station selection rounds out why this is a good choice for Android and Apple users.

GYM Radio

Everything about GYM serves real gym-rat style with a dash of fist pump. It has a three main stations based on what you’re doing; Cardio, Gym and Hardcore. Cardio is a little more upbeat to motivate your cadence. Gym is steady, inspirational, with a definite focus on what’s hot in the streets; it’s definitely not your taxes. Hardcore is music that allows no flinching, and tells you to HTFU. New songs are added every day.

One annoying thing about Gym Radio is that between the constant requests to try premium and the ads, it can be hard to just get back to the radio screen. Premium gets rid of the ads, and gets you offline listening, skips, and new songs while they’re still new. However, it does have a “Workout Mode” that beeps at one minute intervals to help you keep track of reps. It’s also the best workout radio app for flossing (showing off), because it has a camera button in the app. Share your photo on Instagram and hashtag it (#gymradio) to get added to their hall of fame, which you can see within the Gym Radio app. Click on the photos there and you end up on the Instagram shot; great for anyone trying to build an Instagram following for your hot bod. Grab it on the Play Store or iTunes.


PaceDJ is totally free for both Apple and Android users. This is the app people who already have a long list of downloaded mp3s and want a player that will organize them for workouts. The BPM identifier starts by finding tracks on your phone, then guides you through the process of creating your first playlist for walking, running, cycling, or “other.” It starts with a median BPM setting based on your choice of exercise, (75BPM for cycling, 130 for running for example). It will warn you it’ll pick songs 10 BPM more or less than your target speed, as well as double tempo or half tempo songs (again, based on exercise choice).

If you’re not sure how many BPMs are comfortable, it has pace measurement and touch-drum features that let you figure out your comfortable range, or tap it out to correct it. Though if you already know but you don’t have many on-phone tracks, you can head to the Pace DJ website to find full exercise specific playlists with iTunes an Amazon links. On the other hand, if you have a massive library, be aware it will take some time for the program to sort your files.

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