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Get Your Kids Into Music With Chrome Music Lab Get Your Kids Into Music With Chrome Music Lab

My husband and I both played instruments growing up, so we sort of assumed that musical ability and interest was deeply embedded in our genes. It wasn’t a matter of whether our son played in a band; it was a matter of which instrument—or instrumentS!—he would choose.

Download Music From the Free Music Archive Before It Shuts Down Download Music 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.

Spotify Users With Free Accounts Can Now Use Their Devices as a Speaker Remote

The free version of Spotify just got a little better. The music streaming service has extended Spotify Connect, a feature that lets you control music on compatible speakers through phones, laptops and other devices over wifi to free accounts. Prior to the change, free subscribers could only connect to smart speakers…

Enjoy This 'Epic Trailer Version' Playlist 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…

Program Some Music With This Online Sequencer 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.

I'm Chris Ballew, aka Caspar Babypants, and This Is How I Parent  I'm Chris Ballew, aka Caspar Babypants, and This Is How I Parent 

You might know Chris Ballew as the frontman of ’90s alt-rock band The Presidents of the United States of America. But if you’re under, say, eight, you’re probably most familiar with him as Caspar Babypants, a “kindie-rock” icon who makes family-friendly music about topics like a bubble that doesn’t follow the crowd, a…

Check Out Our Halloween YouTube Playlist Check Out Our Halloween YouTube Playlist

You’ve got a week before Christmas music starts seeping into every crevice of the ambient soundscape. So let’s throw one last hurrah of Halloween music. With the help of my colleagues throughout Gizmodo Media, some YouTube recommendations, and old episodes of Dr. Demento, I’ve built a playlist (embedded above) of 52…

The One Hit Wonders Nostalgia Playlist 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.

Run Stronger to These Call-and-Response Military Cadence Tracks Run Stronger to These Call-and-Response Military Cadence Tracks

Early morning runs can be rough, but to get through them it helps to have a little teamwork, camaraderie, and gleeful singing about death. Fortunately, military running cadences are available on all your favorite streaming services.

The Essential Android Apps for 2018

Which Android app is worth a spot on your new smartphone or tablet? Trying to find the very best of the best is a challenging process, because there are millions of apps to pick from on the Google Play Store. Even if you just scan Google’s “top free” or “top paid” list on a daily basis, you’ll miss out on a lot of…

What Non-Kid Songs Do You Listen to With Your Kids?  What Non-Kid Songs Do You Listen to With Your Kids? 

My 5-year-old daughter’s favorite songs at the moment include Weezer’s “Surf Wax America,” Oasis’ “Wonderwall” and Matisyahu’s “One Day.” What my husband and I realized early on is that while kid music has evolved beyond peppy Barney choruses—and some of it is truly great—we didn’t need to alter our playlists too much…

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…

The A Cappella Sea Shanty Playlist The A Cappella Sea Shanty Playlist

“Sea chanteys are work songs, so they’re designed to coordinate effort between a group of people doing physical labor,” says video producer Jamison Hermann, who sang them while working on ships at the Mystic Seaport maritime museum. “The saying in maritime historical circles is that a good chanteyman is worth ten…

Now You Can Download 10,000 Spotify Songs 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…

Transfer Music Between Streaming Services With Houdini and Tune My Music Transfer Music Between Streaming Services With Houdini and Tune My Music

Sometimes you want to grab someone’s Spotify playlist for your Apple Music library, or export it to YouTube. There are as many services for moving your music as there are streaming services. And you’ll get the best results by using more than one of them at once. All these apps are just a little different. Some are…

The Essential iOS Apps for 2018

Trying to find the perfect iOS apps can be tough, and we’re willing to bet that your iPhone or iPad is full of pages and pages of apps. There’s just so much out there, it’s hard to come up with a short list of favorites. We understand. Allow us to help you with our freshly updated Lifehacker Pack for iOS.

How to Take All the Advice in 'Hey Jude'

The Beatles single “Hey Jude,” the band’s longest-running #1 hit, turns 50 on Sunday. Paul McCartney wrote it for John’s son Julian Lennon, about dealing with John’s affair with Yoko Ono and separation from Jules’s mother Cynthia. But Paul’s advice is broad enough that every fan can read their own meaning into it.…

Resist the Urge to Torrent in Your College Dorm Room Resist the Urge to Torrent in Your College Dorm Room

Ah, college. The time to explore one’s interests, one’s self-identity, and one’s crazy high-speed internet connection. While you might be tempted to use your college network for nefarious purposes, since you can now BitTorrent anything you want at much faster rates than what you might have had at your parents’ home,…

How to Build a 'Party Mode' in Your Dorm Room

You may have seen the videos at some point during your Internet career: A college kid is standing in a normal-looking dorm room. The person hits a button. The lights dim, the shades close, and bam!, the entire room turns into a rave. They hit the button again, turning off “party mode” and returning their room to a…

Create a Soundtrack Timed to Your Kids’ Morning Tasks Create a Soundtrack Timed to Your Kids’ Morning Tasks

Some parents, I’m realizing, are good at mornings. I’m not one of them, but I’d like to be, and I sort of have to be, especially as my kid heads off to kindergarten where there are school bells and real tardy slips.

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