MC-Timer - FAQ

Work out to your music.

1 General Questions

1.1 What about Spotify?

Not supported yet, sorry.

1.2 Which version do I have?

The version number is mentioned at the bottom of the settings screen; press the Settings button to open it. Alternatively, you can find it in the MC-Timer section in the Settings app. The version number is also mentioned in the text of the email that is generated when you select "Compose a Mail with Your Suggestion".

2 User Interface

2.1 How Do I Change the Timers to Count Up (or Down)?

There are three timers (counters) in the playback view:

  1. the total duration of the workout, shown in the top left corner,
  2. the number of music steps, shown in the top right corner, and
  3. the seconds in the current phase, shown in the centre.

Any of these three can be changed to count up instead of down by tapping on them. Alternatively, you can change the counting directions using the corresponding options in the settings.

Note that the music step counter has an up/down indicator next to its value to make the counting direction easier to see. No indicator is shown for the other timers since their values change every second.

2.2 How Do I Increase the 5-Second Countdown?

Every workout usually starts with a 5-second countdown.

If you prefer a longer countdown, say 10 seconds, insert a new set at the beginning of your workout using repeats: 1, music: 0, and pause: 10 seconds.

Essentially, the 5-second countdown is only used for workouts that start with a music step. If your workout starts with a pause step, then the pause will be used without any countdown.

2.3 What does "Like" do?

Beginning with version 1.3, you can "like" a workout by tapping on the heart-symbol in the top-right of the workout edit screen.

This affects the sort order of the workouts in the list. Liked workouts are listed before other workouts. Secondly, workouts are sorted by how often you have used them, and by when they were last used.

If you want a workout to be listed near the top, tap on "Like".

3 Music Playback

3.1 Songs Are Device-Specific

Songs and playlists from your own (iTunes) library that you have added to MC-Timer on one device, are not automatically available on other devices. For missing items, you may see a "( Not Found on this Device )" placeholder, or you may see a question-mark in place of the cover artwork and a grayed out title.

To be able to play items from your own library, you may need to download the items (again) on the device where you wish to play them. You can do that in the Music app,

Alternatively, select songs or playlists from Apple Music which are always available on all of your devices.

3.2 No iTunes Song Playback on Apple TV

Much like Apple's Music app on Apple TV, MC-Timer on Apple TV can only play songs from Apple Music; any songs or playlists from your (iTunes) media library cannot be played on Apple TV.

This is a platform-specific limitation. Apple TV has no in-built support to access items from to your (iTunes) media library. Bummer.

For optimum results with Apple TV, a subscription to Apple Music is advised.

Streming Music to Apple TV

While it is possible to stream music from other devices, the playback control always resides on the device that is streaming the music. The MC-Timer app on Apple TV has no access to the streamed content and can therefore not control its playback, sorry.

3.3 Playback Over Bluetooth

To enable playback on a device connected via Bluetooth, press the AirPlay button in the bottom-right corner of the playback screen and select the name of your device in the list. If your device were not listed, make sure that your iPhone or iPad is paired with the device. You can do that in the Settings app.

For the first music phase in your session, playback over Bluetooth often incurs a 5-10 second connection delay, but subsequent songs usually play on-time.

However, for some reason, the music start/stop sounds, are not re-directed to the external speakers. This is a known issue and it appears to be an iOS limitation.

It has also been observed that the volume slider may disappear and that the AirPlay connection is shown as offline while the music is in fact still playing on the remote device. This appears to be a fault in iOS.

For direct playback on Apple TV, we recommend the MC-Timer app that you can download via the App Store.

3.4 Loading Playlist Takes Time

You may see longer loading times mainly when your session is set-up to use songs or playlists from Apple Music. Playlist details may need to be downloaded before their tracks can be queued for playback. Also, when using songs from both Apple Music and your media library, multiple queues will need to be set up, especially if shuffle mode is enabled.

All of this can add up. Please be patient.

3.5 Delayed Playback with Apple Music

Apple Music will usually download the songs on your playlist on demand. If your network connection is slow, it can happen that the music doesn't start playing at exactly the right time.

N.B. To avoid longer delays, MC-Timer may pause the music for a second when (1) the "Skip to Next Song" playback option is on and (2) if you had set the pause time between music steps to "0". In these cases, the first second of consecutive music steps would be quiet.

In general, if delayed playback is something that you wish to avoid, then you should download the songs to your device. You can do this in the Music app.

Note that songs from your (iTunes) music library, once downloaded to your device, will work without glitches.

4 Contacting tredje design

4.1 How can I become a beta tester?

Simple, please contact me.

4.2 When will MC-Timer become available in my language?

Please get in touch to help me localizing all resources to your language.

4.3 I think I found a bug. What should I do?

Within the app, you can select "Compose an Email with Your Suggestion" from the settings screen. If you like, you can save the message as a draft (tap Cancel, then Save Draft) and continue editing it from within your email program.

Feel free to write your message in English, German, or Swedish.

Alternatively, you can use the online contact form.

The following information would be helpful:

  • Which version of MC-Timer are you using?
  • Which device model are you using?
  • Which version of iOS is installed?
  • If it crashed, what was it that you were doing when it happened?
    (Please sync your device with your Mac and include the crash log: ~/Library/Logs/CrashReporter/MobileDevice/*/timer-*.crash).

4.4 My question is still unanswered. What can I do now?

Why don't you post your question on this contact form?