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The Perfect Music Player on Mac: VOX

The Perfect Music Player on Mac: VOX

Vox Music Player

    If you own a Mac or an iOS device, then iTunes is typically your go-to music player. There is nothing wrong with that in most cases: iTunes is a comprehensive media manager and iOS device manager. However, many would rather opt for a music player that requires a little less RAM and looks a little more minimal. Coppertino Inc has come up with a solution for people like that. The app is called VOX and it’s available right now for Mac. Let’s take a closer look at it!

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    VOX Functionality

    The app is very easy to figure out and work. This is especially true if you’re migrating from iTunes. The first thing you’ll be able to do when you download VOX is migrate your iTunes library into VOX and play it. For those who may be wondering, that does include playlists. Unfortunately, VOX is a little overzealous when it comes to importing your music because it will also import songs from your iCloud. This wouldn’t be so bad, except it can’t actually play those files. It can be a little annoying, but most don’t think it’s too big of a deal.

    Not only does it add music from your iTunes library, but also from pretty much everything else. This includes, but is not limited to, external hard drives, network drives, and VPN-connected storage. So wherever your music is, you can make VOX work with it. If it’s missing some album artwork, it’ll download it automatically from MusicBrainz or Last.fm. There is even a radio add-on that costs $4.99 that will allow you to listen to 3,000 radio stations.

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    The last bit we’ll talk about for functionality are the controls. There are a lot of ways to control VOX. It can be used with the hardware buttons on your Mac, headphone controls, the Dock context menu, the main menu, the Apple Remote, or the main interface itself. This means you can access those vital play, pause, and skip buttons from virtually anywhere. This is an amazing variety of options to help you enjoy your music however you want.

    Design

    VOX has a very simple and minimal design. As you can see from the screen shots, VOX lives in a window that is much smaller than iTunes, so desktop-savvy people will enjoy all that extra space. Even with such a small interface, there are a startling number of things you can do. The drag and drop functionality allows you to create playlists on the fly. You can view multiple playlists along with your entire media library. As you have probably assumed, you can also control add-ons, like the radio feature.

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    There isn’t much else to say about the design. It’s simple, elegant, and minimal, without compromising functionality.

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    Vox 3

      The Good and the Bad

      Let’s break down the good and bad things about VOX. Here are the good:

      • The wonderful design is a pleasant reprieve from iTunes.
      • It will import music from practically anywhere.
      • It will turn any stereo audio into 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound.
      • There are a lot of ways to control VOX to fit your style.
      • It takes up less space than iTunes and is far less cluttered.
      • Radio and its 3,000 stations are more than worth the one-time payment of $4.99.
      • It’s free.

      Here are the bad things about VOX that we could find:

      • It will import media from everywhere and that includes iCloud. Music from there cannot be played on VOX so you’ll have tracks you can’t listen to.

      Wrap-up

      Generally, I would try to add more critiquing. For VOX, adding critiques was very hard to do. It’s such a wildly different experience from iTunes in so many ways that even potential flaws come off as fresh ideas. If you’re a little tired of iTunes or just want something a little less cluttered, then it’s well worth giving VOX a shot.

      Download Vox from the Mac App Store now!

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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.

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