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The Best 5 Music Apps You Won’t Want To Miss

The Best 5 Music Apps You Won’t Want To Miss

People who listen to a lot of music always want to be on top of the newest trends and the freshest new albums. Whether you’re into rap or pop, indie rock or metal, these music apps will help you discover more and keep up with the latest in your music scene.

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    1. Songza

    Free ($5 monthly for Club Songza subscription) iPhone | Android

    Songza is one of the best apps on any platform for discovering music. Songza is available on the web, iPhone, and Android. This excellent app delivers playlists from a variety of genres. These lists are curated by industry experts, including some record label owners. The real bonus of this app lies in the way it tailors the suggested playlists depending on the time of day and your mood. Add in the fact that Songza never plays audio ads while you’re listening to a playlist (we’re looking at you Pandora) and it becomes a can’t miss. You can also sign up for Club Songza which removes ads all together and adds some other neat features.

    Pros:

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    • Available on all platforms
    • Free, and no interrupting audio ads
    • Always guaranteed a curated playlist with a set of solid songs
    • Great for discovering new songs

    Cons:

    • Can’t choose specific songs you want to listen to
    • Limited number of skips
    • No artist-specific stations (like Pandora)

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      2. Spotify

      Free ($10 monthly for Premium subscription) iPhone | Android

      Spotify is, far and away, the king of music streaming service. Spotify (and their apps) has also grown a lot in the past few years. With the free membership you’ll have to listen to ads on your phone. You will only be able to play your playlists in shuffle mode, but you still have access to the huge catalog of songs – over 20 million. An upgrade to Premium will net you some cool features: no ads, the ability to download songs for offline listening, and more. Spotify also has a great radio feature. They continue to work hard at beefing up their music discovery area with a new curated playlist feature.

      Pros:

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      • Can listen to playlists in shuffle for free
      • Custom radio stations
      • Access to 20 million songs
      • Download songs for offline listening
      • Create playlists and share music with friends

      Cons:

      • $10 a month can be expensive for some
      • Music discovery is still not the best
      • Some songs are missing from catalog

      shazam

        3. Shazam

        Free iPhone | Android

        Shazam is less of music listening app, and more of a discovery one. This musical app helps users easily find songs that are playing in your surrounding environment. Simply pull up the app and tap a button to find out the title of the song you’re listening to. Shazam has yet to fail at finding a song for us – no matter how underground or old it is. The app is great to find out a cool track that you’re hearing in a store, on TV, or at a party. Definitely a must have for anyone who is really into music.

        Pros:

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        • Finds songs at the push of a button
        • Links directly to those songs in Spotify or Rdio

        Cons:

        • Can’t listen to songs from the app
        • Ads can be intrusive at times

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          4. Soundcloud

          Free iPhone | Android

          Like Spotify, Soundcloud has matured a lot in recent years. The app has grown into a place where artists release new tracks, record labels debut songs, and groups release unofficial remixes. A lot of the songs available on Soundcloud aren’t available anywhere else. This makes it great for those who are into listening to the newest, freshest music. Soundcloud falls short in not being able to download songs offline. It also has a weak organization system (compared to Spotify or Rdio). Nevertheless, Soundcloud has a lot of great songs and is only going to get better as time goes on.

          Pros:

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          • Few ads
          • Lots of songs not available elsewhere
          • Always has new music
          • App is responsive and looks good
          • Free

          Cons:

          • Organization options could be better
          • Can’t download songs offline
          • Can be hard to find certain songs

          rdio

            5. Rdio

            Free ($10 monthly for Premium subscription) iPhone | Android

            Spotify still leads the streaming world in number of users and songs, but Rdio has been making strides. Most agree that Rdio’s apps are better supported and possess superior interfaces to Spotify’s. To give you an idea of this, it took Spotify years before they released an iPad app while Rdio had one from the start. What Rdio lacks is a deep and diverse catalog,  and a large number of users. One of the best parts of Spotify is the social aspect – the ability to share music and create playlists with your friends seamlessly. Rdio might have the the better interface, but Spotify has the user base.

            Pros:

            • Apps have better interfaces
            • Apps are supported better
            • Huge catalog of songs
            • Can download songs for offline listening
            • Custom radio stations
            • Cheaper family pricing options

            Cons:

            • Music catalog is not as large as Spotify’s
            • Social aspect is less robust than Spotify’s
            • $10 monthly can be expensive

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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

                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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