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Why Apple Music Is Indispensable For Me

Why Apple Music Is Indispensable For Me

When was the last time you found something that immediately became invaluable for you? Join me on that treasure hunt. It will pay off in only 5 minutes, promised!

Apple Music not only recently gained fame – ahem, I mean blame – for having one of the most confusing and cluttered interfaces in history, but the search really adds to this mess. In fact, the search is so bad, I was forced to create an additional list of links to access my beloved playlists.

As a huge fan of anything related to Sherlock Holmes and crime audiobooks, I’ve been on a quest for quite some time now. How could I listen to an audiobook every other day without spending too much of my hard earned bucks?

Since I’m a somewhat happy subscriber, I thought it might be worth it to try Apple Music to hunt them down.

The ever growing source of audiobooks

Yes, believe it or not, Apple Music has not only music but a great variety of audiobooks for your pleasure. Why you don’t tell us how many, you might ask? That’s indeed an excellent question, but I cannot put an answer to it. I doubt even Apple can, and I will show you why in a minute.

Audiobooks are, in fact, a big deal for Apple Music. Especially since we know how much audiobooks cost and likewise how hard it is to find the tasty ones. So it’s safe to admit, I like what Apple Music has to offer.

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Nonetheless, it tells a lot that only recently I found out much more about it. It’s because the search didn’t come up with anything I could even remotely agree with.

Searching – and not finding

Search might have been the most obvious approach to unravel the excellent audiobooks you were looking for… but it isn’t. You will only find stuff for which you enter the right full term.

Ready for an example? I know you are. Let’s start with the first thing that comes to your mind. It would be the term “audiobooks”, wouldn’t it? Wrong.

Audiobook search

    Even though it appears as somewhat successful, it doesn’t show anything interesting at all. Likewise, 80% of the results are music files. “Audiobooks”, considers the “s” at the end, which does more harm to the search!

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    Audiobooks search

      So, what should I do instead you ask? Well, now you’re asking the right questions!

      Start with something you’re sure exists. That’s the hard part, I know, but I cannot provide better advice. Otherwise, trial and error is your remaining option. For me it was a little easier since I knew all along, Sherlock Holmes would have to be somewhere.

      Sherlock Holmes Search

        That’s what I call a full blown hit! Look at the listing in the search that points to the various series the iconic world class detective features in.

        Pat yourself on your shoulder dear friend, you just cracked the box that holds dear the beautiful world of audiobooks.

        From here it’s a lot easier to dig up the related stuff, which contains, for example, the following pieces:

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        • Edgar Wallace (I’m German, though)
        • Edgar Allen Poe
        • Jules Verne
        • Die Drei Fragezeichen (Yes, I know)
        • Pater Brown
        • Morgenstern

        Those are all valuable audiobooks of excellent quality. They are heavily biased not only by my taste but even more by the fact that I’m a German guy.

        Even though it sounds like a bunch of work, it’s actually a lot of fun to follow along with the recommendations and discover something new every other minute.

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          Pro Tip! Watch out for regular updates to your beloved series. Each month there will be new episodes added to the already quite impressive lists of audiobooks.

          Updated series

            Conclusion

            Apple is obviously not too easy to tell, where the precious, high quality audiobooks reside. Quite understandable, since they want to make money on selling audiobooks within iTunes.

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            However, digging up audiobooks is actually a lot of fun and a never ending stream of high quality audiobooks is there for your entertainment.

            Just take care of storing the new found gold nuggets accordingly. Playlists, and how to easily discover things similar to what you just listened to is far from straight forward in the Apple Music ecosystem.

            My 2 cents on that issue: copy and paste the links from the audiobook series into apple notes. Then you will always have an up to date view of your beloved pieces of entertainment!

            Happy digging, dear friends!

            Please feel free to comment and connect with me in any way you like and I will be more than happy to help.

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            Last Updated on July 8, 2020

            10 Smart Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

            10 Smart Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

            Productivity is the ability to perform tasks efficiently and in a timely manner. In today’s busy and competitive business world, productivity is paramount for any business, organization or corporation.

            Productivity is more than just performing tasks successfully. It is about investing and allocating resources, so the company or business can perform to meet its core goals.

            As part of 2019, it is important to commit to new goals. When shopping around for new productivity software keep in mind the following things: cost, reliability, cross-platform compatibility, on the go, technical support, etc.

            In the subsequent sections, we will examine the most recommended productivity software in the marketplace. In addition, we will look at what makes them tick and what separates them from the rest of the pack.

            Projects and Tasks Management

            1. Monday dot com

              Monday dot com was founded to create a team management solution so people connect to workplace processes across any industry. The productivity tool is used in more than 140 countries.

              The user interface is intuitive and impressive. It makes collaboration productive and fun because of its simplicity.

              The tool is deemed to have one of the best user experiences across the mobile and online project and task management platform.

              The product includes usability, customization, admin control, group management and control, private or public control, in-group messaging and more.

              Check out the software here!

              2. Asana

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                The mantra behind Asana’s product is to enable teams from across different organizations to work together effortlessly.

                The software comes with lots of customizations. When you create a project as a user, you can choose between a traditional task view and the kanban-style board view. The dashboard allows you to see the progress on a project, and it includes an excellent advanced set of search tools.

                Also, Asana’s Android and iOS apps do retain the web interface’s clean look and feel.

                Check out the software here!

                3. Trello

                  Trello was founded in the summer of 2010 and two years later the platform added 500,000 members. Anyone within sales, marketing, HR and operations can collaborate successfully with this product.

                  Moreover, the tool has over 100 plus integrations with Google Drive, Slack, Jira and others. The product works flawlessly across various platforms.

                  Some of the well-known features includes is speed, easy-to-use, and set up. The interface includes due dates, assignments, file storage, checklists and more.

                  Check out the software here!

                  4. Jira

                    The Jira software is flexible and heralded as the next-generation project.

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                    The software allows teams to design and adapt the software to an organization’s needs. This includes having visibility into long term goals, project roadmaps, status of work, real-time release information and more. In addition, the interface is customizable.

                    The Atlassian Cloud does not support multiple separate domains, subdomains or domain aliases in Google Apps.

                    Check out the software here!

                    5. Evernote Business

                      Evernote was founded in 2008 and reached 11 million users by 2011. The company was founded on the premise that their product should address the ever-increasing volume and speed of information.

                      The product helps bring together groups of teams because of versatility and functionality. It creates documents, collaboration on projects, store information all a single location.

                      Moreover, you can find information quickly and includes effective search capabilities and integrations with existing tools you may already use.

                      Check out the software here!

                      Communication

                      6. Slack

                        Slack was founded in 2013 and the tool is heralded as a collaboration hub. Slack is where productivity happens. When you start a new project, hire new staff, deploy a code, review a sales contract, finalize on a budget, Slack covers all of these. Some of the major highlights include highly customizable notifications and seamless integrations with other collaboration and office tools. The free version of the software comes loaded with features, but does not archive old message. So, you have to review what are the best options for your organization or business.

                        Check out the software here!

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                        7. Spike

                          Newcomer Spike makes emails more conversational by helping teams maintain productivity, communication, and collaboration. All of these are achieved from within their inbox.

                          Spike works on top of any existing email (O365, G suite, and IMAP) turning it into a real-time messenger and making your communication much more functional and efficient.

                          Spike’s features include built-in groups and channels, voice and video calls, email encryption, instant access to all your files, and much more.

                          Check out the software here!

                          Creation

                          8. Office 365

                            Microsoft’s Office 365 could not be excluded from the conversation and especially as it pertains to productivity software.

                            Of course we are all familiar with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. But there is more capabilities that come with it.

                            You have business-class email, online storage space, and teamwork solutions. These services can be accessed from just about anywhere.

                            Within this suite is Microsoft Sway, which is a presentation software and a step above PowerPoint.

                            Check out the software here!

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                            9. Grammarly

                              Grammarly helps to cut down time on editing. Professionals in several industries like law, healthcare, academia, marketing, engineering and journalism use it to provide instant feedback on the accuracy of writing in English.

                              Once you install the extension from Google Chrome, you can get corrections when you are drafting an email, using social media and other apps.

                              Grammarly is AI powered and it’s a wonderful tool to have to check spelling and grammar before a presentation.

                              Check out the software here!

                              Team Analytics

                              10. ActivTrak

                                ActivTrak is a business intelligence tool that allows you to access team behavior analytics. In other words, it is data-driven.

                                The pros include two-factor authentication with active directory integration. You can also automate your alerts and it has an intuitive interface with easy-to-use admin controls.

                                Furthermore, it comes with Google sign-in, iOS app, productivity track, and more. The bottomline is the product offers employee productivity metrics along with team behavior analytics.

                                Check out the software here!

                                The Bottom Line

                                Depending on the size, budget, resources, and immediate needs of your company, not all productivity software will exactly solve your problem. You will have to contact any of the providers above and probe extensively to find the right product that is made for your business.

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