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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 September 28, 2020

    How To Study Effectively: 7 Simple Tips

    How To Study Effectively: 7 Simple Tips

    The brain is a tangled web of information. We don’t remember single facts, but instead we interlink everything by association. Anytime we experience a new event, our brains tie the sights, smells, sounds and our own impressions together into a new relationship.

    Our brain remembers things by repetition, association, visual imagery, and all five senses. By knowing a bit about how the brain works, we can become better learners, absorbing new information faster than ever.

    Here are some study tips to help get you started:

    1. Use Flashcards

    Our brains create engrained memories through repetition. The more times we hear, see, or repeat something to ourselves, the more likely we are to remember it.

    Flashcards can help you learn new subjects quickly and efficiently. Flashcards allow you to study anywhere at any time. Their portable nature lends them to quick study sessions on the bus, in traffic, at lunch, or in the doctor’s office. You can always whip out your flashcards for a quick 2 to 3 minute study session.

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    To create effective flashcards, you need to put one point on each flashcard. Don’t load up the entire card with information. That’s just overload. Instead, you should dedicate one concept to each card.

    One of the best ways to make flashcards is to put 1 question on the front and one answer on the back. This way, you can repeatedly quiz yourself into you have mastered any topic of your choice.

    Commit to reading through your flash cards at least 3 times a day and you will be amazed at how quickly you pick up new information.

    As Tony Robbins says,

    “Repetition is the mother of skill”.

    2. Create the Right Environment

    Often times, where you study can be just as important as how you study. For an optimum learning environment, you’ll want to find a nice spot that is fairly peaceful. Some people can’t stand a deafening silence, but you certainly don’t want to study near constant distractions.

    Find a spot that you can call your own, with plenty of room to spread out your stuff. Go there each time you study and you will find yourself adapting to a productive study schedule. When you study in the same place each time, you become more productive in that spot because you associate it with studying.

    3. Use Acronyms to Remember Information

    In your quest for knowledge, you may have once heard of an odd term called “mnemonics”. However, even if you haven’t heard of this word, you have certainly heard of its many applications. One of the most popular mnemonic examples is “Every Good Boy Does Fine”. This is an acronym used to help musicians and students to remember the notes on a treble clef stave.

    An acronym is simply an abbreviation formed using the intial letters of a word. These types of memory aids can help you to learn large quantities of information in a short period of time.

    4. Listen to Music

    Research has long shown that certain types of music help you to recall information. Information learned while listening to a particular song can often be remembered simply by “playing” the songs mentally in your head.

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    5. Rewrite Your Notes

    This can be done by hand or on the computer. However, you should keep in mind that writing by hand can often stimulate more neural activity than when writing on the computer.

    Everyone should study their notes at home but often times, simply re-reading them is too passive. Re-reading your notes can cause you to become disengaged and distracted.

    To get the most out of your study time, make sure that it is active. Rewriting your notes turns a passive study time into an active and engaging learning tool. You can begin using this technique by buying two notebooks for each of your classes. Dedicate one of the notebooks for making notes during each class. Dedicate the other notebook to rewriting your notes outside of class.

    6. Engage Your Emotions

    Emotions play a very important part in your memory. Think about it. The last time you went to a party, which people did you remember? The lady who made you laugh, the man who hurt your feelings, and the kid who went screaming through the halls are the ones you will remember. They are the ones who had an emotional impact.

    Fortunately, you can use the power of emotion in your own study sessions. Enhance your memory by using your five senses. Don’t just memorize facts. Don’t just see and hear the words in your mind. Create a vivid visual picture of what you are trying to learn.

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    For example, if you are trying to learn the many parts of a human cell, begin physically rotating the cell in your minds eye. Imagine what each part might feel like. Begin to take the cell apart piece by piece and then reconstruct it. Paint the human cell with vivid colors. Enlarge the cell in your mind’s eye so that it is now six feet tall and putting on your own personal comedy show. This visual and emotional mind play will help deeply encode information into your memory.

    7. Make Associations

    One of the best ways to learn new things is to relate what you want to learn with something you already know. This is known as association, and it is the mental glue that drives your brain.

    Have you ever listened to a song and been flooded by memories that were connected to it? Have you ever seen an old friend that triggered memories from childhood? This is the power of association.

    To maximize our mental powers, we must constantly be looking for ways to relate new information with old ideas and concepts that we are already familiar with.

    You can do this with the use of mindmapping. A mind map is used to diagram words, pictures, thoughts, and ideas into a an interconnected web of information. This simple practice will help you to connect everything you learn into a global network of knowledge that can be pulled from at any moment.

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    Learn more about mindmapping here: How to Mind Map to Visualize Your Thoughts (With Mind Map Examples)

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