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10 Must-Have Apps for Music Junkies

10 Must-Have Apps for Music Junkies

Even though the music industry has undergone many evolutions in the past 15 years, people’s connection with music remains unchanged. Music continues to be one of our greatest sources of inspiration. It is one of the few human expressions that carries the magic to change emotions and the way we perceive the world. That said, it’s no wonder many people have a deep relationship with music. And as technology grows, so does music. Here are 10 must-have music apps trending today.

1. Musical.ly

If you’re not living in a cave, you’ve probably heard of the app musical.ly. The newest mobile app that’s making teens and Millennials lip-sync, dance, and perform comedy skits through songs is now considered to be as popular as Twitter and Instagram. With close to 100 million users, the app remains a favorite for many users worldwide.

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2. Spotify

As one of the leading music-streaming apps, Spotify remains the best music player software for many people. With more than 30 million tracks, Spotify makes people feel like they have access to all of the world’s music on their mobile. Costing users $10 a month for premium music, Spotify makes sure that artists are also paid fairly for their music and users receive great value for their subscription.

3. Shazam

Mystery song playing in the background? Find out the lyrics and artist with the Shazam music app. Shazam is a music identification app that helps users identify tracks whenever and wherever they play in the background. So whether you’re sitting on a bus or in a restaurant when some nice music starts playing, you can simply tag the music and the app will get back to you with the artist’s information, the song title, and the album name.

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4. Musixmatch

Sync lyrics with your favorite songs using Musixmatch. Musixmatch is a popular lyric app for mobile and has over more than 40 million users worldwide. It shows synchronized lyrics as music plays on your device. The best thing about Musixmatch is it supports many streaming apps, including Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody, and Google Play Music.

5. Music Paradise Pro

Need to find royalty-free music, sound effects, and short sound clips? Music Paradise Pro is the app you’re looking for. Music Paradise Pro is the best place to discover new tunes under the creative common license — so basically, all the music here is free. Aside from downloading tunes, Music Paradise Pro allows users to edit tracks and use them for ringtones.

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6. iHeart Radio

Switch to your favorite radio station with iHeart Radio. One of the best mobile apps that allows users to listen to local radio stations, iHeart Radio provides access to thousands of live radio stations across the country. It also allows users to build their own playlist for different kinds of activities and moods. You can also play track after track of radio songs from the station you like so that hosting a music party becomes effortless.

7. Cheeky Fingers

A great app for pianists, Cheeky Fingers is a piano chord dictionary that lets users use keys to see various chord variations with great sound progression that will inspire you to craft your next song. Compatible with iPad and iPhone, Cheeky Fingers allows users access to more than a hundred chords, along with musical notations and chord inversions. The app also allows options for slow, medium, or fast playbacks.

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8. RockMyRun

Get the best workout tunes with RockMyRun. This app allows users to play different workout soundtracks, along with DJ-mixed playlists for different kinds of songs. With RockMyRun, you can motivate yourself to exercise and get your body moving. RockyMyRun allows users to explore more than a thousand stations for every workout music genre, mood, and tempo.

 9. Spinrilla

For hip-hop lovers, Spinrilla is a godsend. This music app features different kinds of hip-hop tunes trending worldwide. You can explore through singles and search for your favorite artist. The charts show popular music from “today,” “month,” and “all time.” Spinrilla has hundreds of featured mixtapes that are great for dancing and party music.

10. Tidal

Tidal is best known as the first music service with high fidelity sound quality. With over 40 million tracks, Tidal’s lossless audio experience creates the best sound quality for passionate audiophiles. Tidal offers users high-quality sound and music videos for one of the best sound experiences. Aside from music, Tidal includes curated editorials by music journalists and experts.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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