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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

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        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

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            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 October 16, 2019

            11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

            11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

            Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

            Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

            Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

            In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

            1. ScheduleOnce

              ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

              ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

              ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

              Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

              Available on Web

              2. Calendly

                Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                3. Assistant.to

                  For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                  From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                  While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                  Available on Web

                  4. Acuityscheduling

                    Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                    It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                    Available on Web | iOS | Android

                    5. Pick

                      Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                      At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                      Available on Web

                      6. X.ai

                        For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                        This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                        Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                        Available on Web

                        7. YouCanBook.me

                          is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                          They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                          Available on Web

                          8. Doodle

                            Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                            It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                            You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                            While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                            Available on Web | iOS | Android

                            9. WhenAvailable

                              WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                              Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                              Available on Web

                              10. Rally

                                Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                Available on Web

                                11. NeedtoMeet

                                  Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                  NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                  While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                  Available on Web

                                  Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                  In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                  To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                  Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                  A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                  Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                  If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                  Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                  With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                  The Bottom Line

                                  Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                  Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                  Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

                                  Featured photo credit: rawpixel via unsplash.com

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