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5 Cool Ways Music Apps are Making Everyday Life Simpler

5 Cool Ways Music Apps are Making Everyday Life Simpler

For most of us, music is a necessary element for everyday life. It helps us to process complex emotions more effectively and often ranks highly as a relaxation tool – right next to yoga and meditation. The effect of music against stress has been established practically and theoretically, which means you have a higher chance of having a good day when jamming to your favorite tunes on your headphones or speakers at work.

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    Smartphones have become the main tools for delivering music in a world where iPods and portable digital players are becoming obsolete. As such, there are hundreds of music apps on various app stores designed to deliver the perfect musical experience. These can be used to do everything from simple streaming to creating new music and making music mixes with your favorite tunes.

    In spite of their different functions, all these apps have one main objective: to make everyday life more musical. Here is a sample of how these apps can help improve your day and enjoy music to the fullest.

    1. Discover New Music

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      If you hardly listen to radio stations or go to clubs or parties for one reason or another, it might be hard for you to discover new music. The only time you are probably likely to get wind of a new tune is when someone at the workplace or at home sings along to a new hit or listens to a song you might like.

      Thankfully, there are tons of apps that can help you discover music without listening to the radio. SoundCloud is one of the most popular music discovery apps that integrates with your social media accounts to find what your friends are listening to and also makes impressive suggestions for you. The Hive is also another newer app that lets you discover apps from a list of 30-second snippets.

      Other awesome apps for music discovery you should check out include 8tracks, Soundwave, Mixcloud, Shazam Encore (paid app), Spotify, and iHeartRadio.

      2. Get Lyrics To A Song You Love

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        Do you often find yourself mumbling incoherently when singing along to parts of your favorite tune? Welcome to 99% of the population. Most of us – even seasoned music artists – are pros at singing choruses but often find it hard to memorize the lyrics to the song’s verses.

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        This is where apps such as Musixmatch, Shazam, Lyricmania, Lyrics A-Z, Lyrically, Tunewiki, and other lyrics apps come in handy. Most of these apps display the lyrics to a song during playback, which enables you to sing along like a pro. Some like Musixmatch have an impressive collection of lyrics and even maintain an offline collection of lyrics to help you sing along even without an internet connection.

        3. Create Music On Your Smartphone

          Most of your favorite tunes are created in a recording studio with a wide variety of equipment that help turn the artiste’s sound into a hit. However, you can still make a decent song without the expensive equipment or singing ability, thanks to a handful of nifty apps that turn your smartphone into a recording studio.

          Figure is one of the most popular music creation apps freely available for the iOS platform. It combines bass, drums, and preloaded melodies to create decent loops for producers at heart. GarageBand is a paid iOS app that allows you to create tracks using a guitar, bass, piano, and drums. This is suitable for all kinds of users, ranging from recording artists to novices testing out their musical skills (or lack thereof).

          Other cool music creation apps for both android and iOS platforms include Magic Piano, Scape, Loopimal, Ninja Jamm, and DM1 – The Drum Machine.

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          4. Mix Your Favorite Tunes like A Pro DJ

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            What’s more fun than creating new music? Definitely creating your own music mix and becoming your own DJ. A couple of years ago, the likes of Virtual DJ helped both professional and novice DJs to create professional mixes right from their computers without expensive turntables and related equipment.

            Now, thanks to faster and more capable smartphones, you can create professional DJ mixes on-the-go from your Windows, iOS, and android smartphone. Edjing is one such app that lets you cue and transition between two song tracks using the song libraries on your iOS, android, and Windows smartphone. Djay is also another feature-filled app for your iOS device that lets you play with a wide variety of tools on a professional, clutter-free virtual turntable.

            You can also check out Traktor DJ (iOS), PocketDJ Vintage (Android), and Cross DJ (iOS and Android) for more DJ-ing action on your mobile device.

            5. Find A Song That Is Stuck In Your Head

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            Find a song

              What is the name of this song?” If you’ve ever caught yourself repeating this phrase a couple of times over, then you must know how frustrating it can be to have a portion of a song you don’t know stuck in your head for days, weeks or even months. It becomes even more frustrating when you try singing or humming portions of the song to your friends who only stare blankly back at you with no help forthcoming.

              Enter life-saving music discovery apps. These apps let you sing or hum the tune to a song or type in partial lyrics to find a song. Shazam is one of the most popular discovery apps in the market today that lets you discover music by playing back part of the track. SoundHound is also another app that lets you discover songs by humming or singing the song into your phone.

              The Takeaway

              If you don’t have any kind of music app on your phone or tablet apart from native music players, you are missing out on a huge world of musical opportunity. Third-party music apps let you get the most out of your device and take your musical skills to another level – or have fun while trying. They can also help you pass time when you are stuck in traffic or a long queue, which enables you manage stress and kill time.

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                So, even if you aren’t a recording artist or a professional composer or instrumentalist, you can still use your smartphone or tablet to do some incredible things on your device. Simply download one of the apps and become the next Grammy winner – virtually at least.

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                11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                Minimizing Tabs

                Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                Incognito Mode

                Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                Save Webpages as PDF Files

                Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                Open Recently-closed Tabs

                Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                Solve Mathematical Problems

                Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                Play Media Files

                Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                Stay Focus(e)d

                Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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                Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                Grammarly for Editing

                Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                Loom

                There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                Chrome Calendar Extension

                No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                Final Thoughts

                Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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