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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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            11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

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            Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

            Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

            Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

            1. Lumosity

            This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

            Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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              2. Fit Brains Trainer

              This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

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                3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

                Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

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                  The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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                  If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

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                    6. Clockwork Brain

                    You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

                    Free.

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                      7. ReliefLink

                      Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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                        8. Eidetic

                        Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                          9. Braingle

                          Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

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                            10. Not The Hole Story

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