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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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              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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                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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