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15 Killer Music Apps You Should Start Using Today

15 Killer Music Apps You Should Start Using Today

I cannot imagine my life without music. I wake up to the sounds of my favorite tunes each morning, work out, travel my commute listening to music and work with my headphones on most of the time, and I just can’t count how many significant moments in my life are deeply connected with a certain song.

If you are, at the very least, even a tiny bit passionate about music, I bet the next 15 music apps will instantly become your favorites!

1. Musicovery

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    Musicovery is an awesome app that enables you to personalize and adjust your playlists according to your mood with just a few clicks. After synchronizing the app for the first time, you’ll constantly have offline access to top recommended songs from the website, along with your phone library.

    Open the mood pad and roll your finger to start playing the samples. If you are satisfied, just lift your finger and a playlist will be generated from the last song rolled over. Also, the app automatically adjusts your playlist by analyzing genres, decades, moods you’ve chosen and your interactions with the app – e.g. “I like/I don’t like” ratings and skipped songs.

    So far, Musicovery proved to give the best customized playlist for me.

    iOS (free) and Android (free)

    2. MP3 Downloader for SoundCloud

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      This nifty app developed by Freemake lets you download tunes from SoundCloud onto your device without any copyright breaches. You can browse through numerous lists, search your favorite beats and singers offline and have the music steaming without wi-fi.

      Plus, the app has lovely visual design with big album covers on display and easy navigation with loads of filters to apply when searching for a particular song.

      Android version is planned to be released later this year.

      iOS (free)

      3. Top 100 Best Songs by Year

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        Get a musical time machine installed on your iPhone! This app has a huge database of some 1000 best songs from 1960 till the present days, so you could mix up your playlists with good old-time favorites and trendy new tunes.

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        All of the collections are easy-to-navigate with numerous filters available. Besides, the built-in search will help you find top songs from a specific year, decade or genre. This app is my go-to for planning themed music parties!

        Available both for the iPhone and iPad, but for now, not Android.

        iOS (free)

        4. Autovolume

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          All running enthusiasts know how inconvenient it is to be tapping the volume key all the time, according to your listening environment. It gets even more annoying while driving, as your hands are busy.

          The Autovolume app solves this problem by automatically correcting the volume based on the data from built-in speed and motion sensors.

          Also, this app features a number of pre-set sound adaptation modes based on the activities you do – skiing, working out, driving, jogging etc making it my go-to app for sports!

          Available for Iphone only as of now.

          iOS ($1.99)

          5. Relax Melodies

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            Have you been felling stressed lately? Trouble sleeping? Use this handy app by Ipnos Soft to create unique relaxing tunes from a set of beautiful and tranquil Zen sounds like rain drops, ocean waves, nature ambient sounds and more.

            Also, you can take your favorite tunes from the library and blend them up with the in-app sounds to create highly-personalized unwinding melodies. Compile them into easy-to-search lists like “songs to fall asleep to” or “the calm down playlist,” filled with your personal sounds or those made by other users from the community.

            Currently there are some 100.000 sounds to choose from, and like me, I bet you will find (or create) the perfect tune to make you fall asleep instantly!

            iOS (free) and Android (free)

            6. sir Sampleton

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              At first glance, it may seem like a simple kids’ app with a keyboard, but sir Sampleton is way more sophisticated than that! The app has numerous cool features to record and twist the melodies you’ve just tapped, including adding vibrato, professional mixing beats and saving your songs.

              Equally fun to use for both novice musicians, and for more professional beat makers to get their groove on!

              Currently not available on the Android market.

              iOS ($2.99)

              7. TuneWiki

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                Have you ever misheard some weird phrases in songs and couldn’t figure out what the hack was being said? With TuneWiki, you’ll never find yourself off base again when mumbling your favorite song! The app features both a radio player and lyrics decoder, along with a huge array of music to pick from.

                And with one click, it syncs with your iTunes library. Yet the best feature is that you can launch a song search based on just one line you know!

                iOS (free) and Android (free)

                8. Nowplaying

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                  This is a cool social music app that identifies tunes playing on your phone or a nearby device and auto-shares them on Twitter, Facebook or Foursquare along with your location, picture or a Youtube video. With the main principle of this app being “sharing is caring”, you’ll get special badges and rewards each time you share anything with the official hashtag #nwplyng!

                  Arguably the best music app to exchange songs and moods with your friends, as it’s very simple to use and has a great collection of free songs and numerous subscription options available. It also allows you to categorize your favorites into separate lists and discover new artists from the huge database available.

                  iOS (free) and Android (free)

                  9. 8Tracks

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                    This is yet another amazing social music app that you can use to create, curate and discover playlists for each mood and occasion – energetic morning workout, romantic dinner date or just a relaxing tune for your bedroom. The pleasant design with huge album covers, a list of featured playlists and numerous search options, including search by mood, make this app particularly stand out from the crowd.

                    8Tracks currently has over 2 million playlists created by the community, so no matter how elaborate your preferences are – cape-jazz, k-pop, opera or new age – you’ll still be able to connect with folks who have similarly awesome tastes and grab their playlists!

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                    iOS (free) and Android (free)

                    10. iHeartRadio

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                      Sleek minimalist design, a huge variety of stations from college rock to reggae and great customization options make IHeartRadio worth a download. Absolutely free of charge, you can live steam any given radio station (of more than 750) or make a personalized play list of some 18.000 songs listed in the library.

                      Also, you can listen to the latest news feeds, educational and scientific programs and much more content you wouldn’t find in any other app.

                      Not sure which song to pick today? The app can pre-suggest to you a station based on your activity, like driving, working out in the gym or jogging. Currently available for numerous platforms including Windows Phone, Blackberry and Kindle Fire, plus as a browser app.

                      IOS (free) and Android (free).

                      11. DjRun

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                        This is another amazing app that all jogging geeks will love! DjRun will analyze all the songs from your library and match their beats per minute rate with your stride, or even adapt the playback tempo like a real DJ.

                        As the app uses your phone’s accelerometer, it can instantly adapt to your pace to matter which activity you are now into – skating, hiking, skiing or even gliding.

                        Currently the app supports three modes:

                        1. Auto – picks a song based on your current stride rate.

                        2. Pin – fixes your stride rate at the number you want.

                        3. Training mode – the stride rate will follow a predefined profile set by the user or taken from the app.

                        Android (free)

                        12. Karaoke Anywhere

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                          Ok, admit it, even if you don’t have a sweet voice, you still love singing out loud your favorite songs. At least, at home anyway. Karaoke Anywhere lets you choose your tune of today from a free library of 10,000 songs.

                          Plus, if that’s not enough, you can purchase an extra 40,000 songs. Lovely design, huge beautiful lyrics and high-quality background music – what else would you wish for in a karaoke app?

                          iOS (free) and Android (free)

                          13. Mono

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                            Mono is an amazing new music discovery app merging together an artist browser, music discovery engine, concert finder and playlist engine with friend sharing and much more! I love the clean simple designs and the ability to sync my music from various channels including SoundCloud, YouTube music files and Subsonic.

                            For now, available on Android only.

                            Android (free, but with a yearly subscription of $0.99 to get unlimited access to all features)

                            14. Chordmaster

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                              Everyone who love playing the guitar (or just learning) should have this app on their phone. For $.99, you get unlimited access to some 7,800 guitar chords, along with a beautiful visualization of all notes and fingerings on a virtual fretboard.

                              By merely tapping the screen, you can view the selected chord at any position up and down the guitar neck – a handy feature for beginners. Also, you can strum the virtual strings to play and hear each chord and compare with your own results.

                              All the chords are neatly categorized in Root, Chord Type and Chord Variants, making them easy to search and save. However, the best feature Chordmaster introduced is  the “lefty mode” that displays left-handed guitar diagrams that rarerly could be wound elsewhere.

                              Currently available for Iphone, Ipad and Ipod touch only.

                              iOS ($.99)

                              15. Musyc

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                                A gorgeous, graphical musical app, crafted by Fingerlab, where you can create music with your own touch. Get into your zen state by bouncing peculiar colorful shapes around the screen and producing the sounds of 88 instruments!

                                It’s a harmonious and tranquil game you would likely love playing more than the highly-addictive and seemingly never ending Candy Crush. Currently, Iphone only with an Android version soon to be launched.

                                iOS (free)

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                                Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                                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

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                                    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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