When to Let Your Child Quit a Musical Instrument

For many parents, the following scenario is painfully familiar: Child becomes interested in a particular instrument after witnessing a performance on said instrument. Child begs for one of their very own. Also begs for lessons. Promises they will practice “every day.” Three months and several hundred dollars later,…

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Get Your Apple Music ‘Year in Review’ With This App

If you’re an Apple Music user, you might have felt a bit left out a few weeks ago when people started sharing their ‘Wrapped’ year in review from Spotify. Now a new app can help make the magic happen for you as well.

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The Lifehacker New Year’s Eve 2018 Playlist

What was the most timely hit of 2018? It’s either the 1975’s “Love It If We Made It” or Janelle Monae’s “Screwed,” right? For this year’s New Year’s Eve playlist, I collected some of the best party music of 2018, some evergreen NYE songs like “Auld Lang Syne” and Death Cab’s “The New Year,” and a few songs that just…

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Download the Music You Want From the Free Music Archive Before it Shuts Down

Back in 2009, the Free Music Archive was founded as a place where artists could share their music, and listeners could download songs legally. Now, it’s shutting down—so now’s the time to download any tunes off the service you’d like to have in your own personal library.

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Enjoy This ‘Epic Trailer Version’ Playlist

I love overly dramatic cover songs, the kind you hear in movie trailers where some lady is stage-whispering “He did the mash, he did the Monster Mash” while the Inception sound blasts over shots of a robot wizard tornado. I play them in two moods: feeling extremely dramatic and pumped up, or feeling goofy. So I took a…

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Program Some Music With This Online Sequencer

In the 80s, a turtle taught kids how to code, with the educational programming language Logo. Now the browser-based music sequencer turtle.audio combines Logo and Mario Paint to let you program synth loops.

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The One Hit Wonders Nostalgia Playlist

Just because a song is old doesn’t mean it will trigger nostalgia. If you keep Beyoncé in regular rotation, listening to “Crazy in Love” probably won’t take you back to 2003 every time. But I’ve found a kind of music that’s way more likely to trigger nostalgia: the one hit wonder.

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The One Hit Wonders Nostalgia Playlist

Just because a song is old doesn’t mean it will trigger nostalgia. If you keep Beyoncé in regular rotation, listening to “Crazy in Love” probably won’t take you back to 2003 every time. But I’ve found a kind of music that’s way more likely to trigger nostalgia: the one hit wonder.

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How to Find Classical Music You Actually Like

Classical music has been evolving for centuries, so there are all different kinds of sounds. That means that if you hate one kind, you can still love several other kinds. Hate opera? You still might love the orchestra. Symphonies too overwhelming? Try some shorter, sparer chamber music. In the video above, we give you…

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Now You Can Download 10,000 Spotify Songs

Every music streaming service kind of sucks, we already know this. One of the ways Spotify sucks is that it limits how many songs you can download on each device. But the service just raised its download limit from 3,333 tracks per device, up to 10,000 per device, for up to five devices. Great news for anyone who…

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