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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…

Lifehacker Pack for Windows: Our List of the Essential Windows Apps 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.

I'm Song Exploder Host Hrishikesh Hirway, and This Is How I Work I'm Song Exploder Host Hrishikesh Hirway, and This Is How I Work

Hrishikesh Hirway pulls songs apart to learn how they work. On his podcast Song Exploder, Hirway has interviewed artists like Solange, Iggy Pop, Norah Jones, Björk, and Arcade Fire about their writing, recording, and mixing processes. Hirway makes his own music as half of the band Moors with Atlanta’s Lakeith…

Let Ben Folds Teach You How to Rock in Garageband 10.3 Let Ben Folds Teach You How to Rock in Garageband 10.3

Mac: GarageBand, Apple’s free virtual music studio, recently updated its Mac version to include free lessons from your favorite singers, songwriters, and rocking-outers. With these Artist Lessons, as Apple calls them, you’ll be able to learn a new instrument from some of the best around—including piano legend Ben…

The Viral Uber DJ’s Guide to Creating Great Playlists The Viral Uber DJ’s Guide to Creating Great Playlists

Every time I have a party, I spend an hour building a playlist, imagining my guests all gasping and dancing and reaching for Shazam. Instead they ignore the music until someone takes over the Bluetooth speaker. So I asked for help from college student Tj Jones, who had a viral tweet this February when they shared the…

Check Out Our SloMusic YouTube Playlist Check Out Our SloMusic YouTube Playlist

Eight years ago, musician Nick Pittsinger made Justin Bieber’s “U Smile” sound like ambient pop band Sigur Rós by slowing it down 800%. Bieber haters celebrated this beautiful edit, and ever since then people have been slowing down songs by 800%, 1000%, or more, and uploading them to YouTube and SoundCloud. The…

Here's Where Spotify Put All the Women Artists Here's Where Spotify Put All the Women Artists

Spotify’s top playlists feature way more men than women. Not just the algorithmic playlists, which reproduce inequalities in the music industry at large, but also in the curated ones, according to a thorough, stat-filled feature article on Baffler. For example, Spotify’s top curated playlist of 2017 was RapCaviar, a…

The Popodoro Technique Playlist The Popodoro Technique Playlist

In the Pomodoro Technique for productivity, you work for 25 minutes, take a 5-minute break, and repeat. (After two hours, you take a longer break.) You can use a kitchen timer, your phone, or a specialized app. In the Popodoro technique, instead of a timer, you use music—like the new Spotify playlist from Popjustice.

How Pandora's New Family Plan Compares With The Competition How Pandora's New Family Plan Compares With The Competition

This week, Pandora unveiled a new family plan which allows six different members of the same family to use the service for one price. The concept of the “family plan” is hardly new in the music-streaming world; both Spotify and Apple Music have similar offerings for the same $15/month price.

Hoopla Helps You Enjoy the Library From the Comfort of Your Home Hoopla Helps You Enjoy the Library From the Comfort of Your Home

The online service Hoopla—also an app for iOS, Android, and Amazon devices—is a great way to enjoy all the conveniences of your local library without having to leave your home.

How Emanuel Ax Makes Piano Practice Less of a Slog How Emanuel Ax Makes Piano Practice Less of a Slog

Seven-time grammy-winning pianist Emanuel Ax still practices his instrument four hours a day—when you play Carnegie Hall, you don’t just wing it. And sometimes, he admits, “it’s kind of a slog,” especially to practice a new piece: something written specifically for him, or something he’s never heard. “You get the…

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