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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…

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.

How Do You Back Up Your Data in the Cloud? How Do You Back Up Your Data in the Cloud?

The subject of file backups and online storage came up the other day at a Lifehacker staff meeting, and resident door-holder Nick Douglas chimed in that his solution for backing up his laptop was easy: He never keeps any important files on it. Everything—and he means everything—lives in the cloud.

These Are the Playlists Everyone Needs to Make These Are the Playlists Everyone Needs to Make

Certain moods need soundtracks. When you’re sad, or excited, or making out, a certain kind of music can elevate the experience and lend a grandiose, cinematic quality to your life. If you have particular music tastes, playing one of Spotify’s prefab playlists doesn’t scratch that itch. You want a custom playlist,…

Listen to 200 Bangers Picked by NPR Listen to 200 Bangers Picked by NPR

Usually when I load up a “biggest hits” playlist, I end up skipping half the tracks. I’m barely skipping anything on NPR’s new playlist, “The 200 Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women+.” Every song is good! Even the country songs! And the lead performers are all women or non-binary. Highlights include “Fuck the Pain…

The Essential Windows Apps for 2018

There are so many Windows apps out there, that picking a list of the very best, most must-install software for your desktop or laptop feels daunting. We’ve pored over pages of recommendations, countless forum posts, and lots of comments to come up with this year’s Lifehacker Pack for Windows, a list of software…

How to Really Appreciate Classical Music

Mozart wrote a party song called “Kiss My Ass.” The filthy lyrics (“kiss my ass, quickly, quickly”) weren’t discovered until 1991. This is the stuff you’d learn if the A.V. Club was doing interviews in the 1700s. And it’s another great way to appreciate classical music. Just like pop music, the music is more fun if…

Learn the Basics of Beatmaking with This Open-Source Synthesizer App Learn the Basics of Beatmaking with This Open-Source Synthesizer App

iOS: One of the best parts of any science-fiction game or movie are those ominous tones that suggest a conversation or discovery is about to head south—a quintessential part of the soundtrack that adds a lot of atmosphere (and tension) to an experience. And now, thanks to an open-source iOS app, you can make your own…

How to Tune Your Guitar Using Alexa How to Tune Your Guitar Using Alexa

I think I’ve owned at least ten guitar tuners over the course of my lifetime. I guess technically I still own ten, because I haven’t officially gotten rid of any of them. I also couldn’t tell you where a single one is right now.

How to Start Listening to Classical Music

If you’ve ever tried to get into classical music, but gotten too bored or distracted, it’s not your fault. Classical music works differently than popular music, and it’s much easier to appreciate when you understand its structure. In the video above we explain the Baroque period, the fugue, how to decipher a title…

How to (Finally) Stream Music to Your Sonos Speaker Using AirPlay 2 How to (Finally) Stream Music to Your Sonos Speaker Using AirPlay 2

Some Sonos speakers are finally getting support for Apple’s latest wireless streaming technology, AirPlay 2. Whether you’re want to blast your favorite Netflix movies or rock out around your house, this update lets you connect your speakers to your iOS devices. Here’s how to get started:

Set a Different Alarm for Every Day of the Week Set a Different Alarm for Every Day of the Week

Every Wednesday, this YouTube series adds a new music video of a screaming frog saying “It is Wednesday, my dudes.” Wouldn’t one of these Wednesday songs make a better alarm for your Wednesday mornings than “Radar (Default)”? You can make this happen, my dudes.

Look Up Overheard Music Samples With the WhoSampled App Look Up Overheard Music Samples With the WhoSampled App

WhoSampled, the service that identifies music samples, recently updated their iOS/Android app to include Shazam-style music recognition. Now when you hear a song playing in a bar or a store, you can look up not just the song, but what other music it samples or is sampled in.

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