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Lifehack Deals: Hack Your iTunes Library with TuneUp

Lifehack Deals: Hack Your iTunes Library with TuneUp


    The app known as iTunes can become a big “timesuck” — whether you’re using a Windows machine or a Mac. As it grows in size, so do the problems that can creep in. That means you end up with a ton of “Track 1” songs, two or more instances of the exact same song and missing album cover art all over the place. Getting them out of iTunes manually is a real chore — and will take you away from the stuff you’re supposed to be doing while simply listening to your music. If only iTunes could have a little extra “magic” added to it. Then you could spend more time listening and less time fiddling.

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    Thanks to TuneUp, you can do just that.

    Cleaning up your iTunes Library has never been more robust and yet still easy to use. TuneUp hooks up with iTunes to organize and categorize your music from top to bottom. And for a very limited time, Lifehack Deals has it all queued up…and for only $30!

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    Here’s what you’ll get as part of the TuneUp Bundle:

    • Clean: Accurately fixes mislabeled or missing song information (like “Track 01” or “Unknown Artist”) using cutting-edge waveform recognition.
    • Cover Art: Scans your entire music collection in seconds and automagically™ fills in missing album artwork.
    • DeDuper: Intelligently finds and removes duplicate music files from your music library using waveform recognition.
    • Tuniverse: Delivers music videos, artist bios, concert alerts, social network integration and more.

    I’ve been using TuneUp since its early days, and not only did it replace other tools I had in place beforehand — it has those little bit of extras that save me time where I didn’t expect. For example, one of my favourite bands — Switchfoot — can be found throughout my iTunes Library. Thanks to having TuneUp installed, while i played one of the band’s tracks I was able to find out that they were going to be playing near my city in just a few short weeks. I’ve never had the chance to see them live before, so I was thrilled at knowing how close they were going to be. Because of TuneUp, the only time I had to enter my web browser was to buy my tickets. TuneUp made sure I didn’t miss out on an opportunity to see Switchfoot live. That’s pretty remarkable.

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    Tuneup has received rave reviews from a variety of media outlets, where it’s been called “quite possibly the most important piece of software any music lover can buy” (Uncrate), along with other testimonials from Wired, MTV and TechCrunch.

    TuneUp works with both Mac OS X (10.5+) and the Windows (XP SP2 +), so both Mac and Windows users can get the benefit of a cleaner, leaner, and meaner iTunes experience.

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    This Lifehack Deals offer is for the TuneUp Bundle – which includes all four TuneUp products (including cleaning up incorrect song information, adding missing cover art, removing duplicate songs, and integrating real-time information like upcoming concerts, links to music videos, and artists bios). But this latest offer has a short shelf life.

    you have until March 31 to pick up this Lifehack Deals offer, so get moving on that now so you can get grooving sooner. Hack your iTunes with the TuneUp Bundle and you’ll save yourself a ton of time — and headaches — in the future.

    (Photo credit: Profile of a Man with Earphones via Shutterstock)

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    Last Updated on October 15, 2019

    How to Plan Your Life Goals and Actually Achieve Them in 7 Simple Steps

    How to Plan Your Life Goals and Actually Achieve Them in 7 Simple Steps

    Where do you want to be 5 years from now, 10 years from now, or even this time next year? These places are your goal destinations and although you might know that you don’t want to be standing still in the same place as you are now, it’s not always easy to identify what your real goals are.

    Many people think that setting a goal destination is having a dream that is there in the far distant future but will never be attained. This proves to be a self-fulfilling prophesy because of two things:

    Firstly, that the goal isn’t specifically defined enough in the first place; and secondly, it remains a remote dream waiting for action which is never taken.

    Defining your goal destination is something that you need to take some time to think carefully about. The following steps on how to plan your life goals should get you started on a journey to your destination:

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    1. Make a list of your goal destinations

    Goal destinations are the things that are important to you. Another word for them would be ambitions, but ambitions sound like something which outside of your grasp, whereas goal destinations are certainly achievable if you are willing to put in the effort working towards them.

    So what do you really want to do with your life? What are the main things that you would like to accomplish with your life? What is it that you would really regret not doing if you suddenly found you had a limited amount of time left on the earth?

    Each of these things is a goal. Define each goal destination in one sentence.

    If any of these goals is a stepping stone to another one of the goals, take it off this list as it isn’t a goal destination.

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    2. Think about the time frame to have the goal accomplished

    This is where the 5 year, 10 year, next year plan comes into it.

    Some goals will have a “shelf life” because of age, health, finance, etc, whereas others will be up to you as to when you would like to achieve them by.

    3. Write down your goals clearly

    Write each goal destination at the top of a new piece of paper.

    For each goal, write down what is it that you need and don’t have now that will allow you achieve that goal. This could be some kind of education, career change, finance, a new skill, etc. Any “stepping stone” goals you removed will fit into this exercise. If any of these smaller “goals” have sub-goals, go through the same process with these so that you have precise action points to work with.

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    4. Write down what you need to do for each goal

    Under each item listed, write down the things that you will need to do in order to complete each of the steps required to complete the goal. 

    These items will become a check-list. They are a tangible way of checking how you are progressing towards reaching your goal destinations. A record of your success!

    5. Write down your timeframe with specific and realistic dates

    Using the time frames you created, on each goal destination sheet write down the year in which you will complete the goal by.

    For any goal which has no fixed completion date, think about when you would like to have accomplished it by and use that as your destination date.

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    Work within the time frames for each goal destination, make a note of realistic dates by which you will complete each of the small steps.

    6. Schedule your to-dos

    Now take an overview of all your goal destinations and make a schedule of what you need to do this week, this month, this year – in order to progress along the road towards your goal destinations.

    Write these action points on a schedule so that you have definite dates on which to do things.

    7. Review your progress

    At the end of the year, review what you have done this year, mark things off the check-lists for each goal destination and write up the schedule with the action points you need for the next year.

    Although it may take you several years to, for example, get the promotion you desire because you first need to get the MBA which means getting a job with more money to allow you to finance a part-time degree course, you will ultimately be successful in achieving your goal destination because you have planned out not only what you want, but how to get it, and have been pro-active towards achieving it.

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