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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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      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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