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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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                Last Updated on December 30, 2018

                18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

                18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

                No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. It’s undoubtedly allowed us to connect, perform, improve and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

                If you’re not taking advantage of one of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.

                But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use? Well, this will depend on your needs, but we’ve put together a list of 18 of the very best time management apps that can help you with the most common time management challenges.

                Let’s dive straight into the list…

                1. Rescue Time — Use your time wisely

                  If you have doubts that you’re using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. You may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.

                  Download Rescue Time

                  2. Remember The Milk — Keep on top of all your tasks

                    If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool which is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc. It helps you to manage your tasks easily, and reminds you of them – wherever you are.

                    Download Remember the Milk

                    3. Focus Booster – Boost motivation to complete tasks

                      This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It’s designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures.

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                      Download Focus Booster

                      4. Toggl – Keep track of time spent on projects and tasks

                        This is a great alternative to time-sheets, if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects. Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks, and then through analysis, working out how you can manage them more effectively.

                        Download Toggl

                        5. Dropbox — Store and send large files easily

                          There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices – but Dropbox is free and easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go.

                          Download Dropbox

                          6. Evernote — Keep all your notes in one place

                            Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes or images).  You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to really optimize your time.

                            Download Evernote

                            7. Mind42 — Focus on tasks at hand with mind mapping

                              Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mind42 is the best free mind mapping app currently available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.

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                              Download Mind42

                              8. SyncBackFree — Back up and sync your files effortlessly

                                This free software allows you to back up, restore and synchronize your files easily. It not only saves you time now – but also in the future. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this pivotal tool.

                                Download SnycBackFree

                                9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) — Manage your to-do lists effectively

                                  Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, to work with your to-do lists, and to organize your goals. This task management system helps you to target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives. It automatically generates to-do lists, with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.

                                  Download MyLifeOrganized (MLO)

                                  10. 1Password — Have all your passwords remembered

                                    This app allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database, protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. It also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.

                                    Download 1Password

                                    11. Pocket — Keep your eye on the ball

                                      When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. Use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time which will not impact on your immediate work.

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                                      Download Pocket

                                      12. [email protected] — Boost your attention span

                                        This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400%! Ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working or reading.

                                        Download [email protected]

                                        13. Launchy — Interact with your computer in a smart way

                                          This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want.

                                          Download Launchy

                                          14. Forest — Boost your focus by growing a forest

                                            This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track. The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!

                                            Download Forest

                                            15. Trello — Track your projects in a highly visual way

                                              This is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board (which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed) as your start, work on and complete the associated task.

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                                              Download Trello

                                              16. Wunderlist — Digitalize your to-do lists

                                                Purchased by Microsoft in 2015, Wunderlist is an easy to use, feature-packed to-do list app. From planning a holiday, to sharing a shopping list with a partner, or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist will keep you on top of all your tasks.

                                                Download Wunderlist

                                                17. TimeTree — Have a shared calendar with your family

                                                  This app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments. So, whether you’re planning a party, or run a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.

                                                  Download Time Tree

                                                  18. Todoist — Capture and order all your tasks and activities easily

                                                    Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list. It’s available via browsers and apps, and lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as given a due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.

                                                    Download Todoist

                                                    The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools. And the good news is – that many of them are completely free of charge! So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you – and begin boosting your productivity now!

                                                    Oh, and one more thing… Take a look at a couple of our other articles that will help further streamline your time management:

                                                    40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone and 20 Quick Tips For Better Time Management

                                                    More Recommended Productivity Experts on Lifehack

                                                    • Leon Ho — The Founder and CEO of Lifehack, which he share productivity hacks to make life easier
                                                    • Carl Pullein — A renowned productivity and time management coach
                                                    • Mark Pettit — A Business Coach for ambitious entrepreneurs who want to achieve more by working less

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