The best online radios that I like
March 28, 2017
In this age of the Internet, old classics like listening music on the radio have become an obsolete thing. This is not because we don’t like to do so instead, this is because the Internet has provided us with so many options that are easier and cheaper to use. This has forced the classics to grow up with the Internet.
All these factors have led to the rise of internet radio services, which are a great option for all the radio lovers. You get to tune into your favorite radio stations whenever you like. All you need is a good internet connection, a laptop and you are all set. Some radio stations have even come up with their own app, making it easier to tune in from a smartphone or a tablet.
Here are some of the best online radios:
TuneIn : This is an online radio service that offers you a variety of options from your local radio stations to the famous talk shows. You can avail the services of TuneIn all the major platforms like iOS, Android and even on Google TV. The app is easy to find and completely free of cost. If you want the Pro version, it will cost you just $1.
Spotify: Spotify is a freemium music service provider on the Internet. You will be able to play full songs and complete albums through this radio, just like you own it. The app makes recommendations to you about new releases and top 10 lists on the basis of your own playlist and your friends’ playlist. The only downside of this radio is that the services are limited to USA, Canada, Europe and South America.
Last.fm : Last.fm will cost you $3 per month and one of the best features about this online radio is that it allows you form a musical social network of your own. You can connect with the other users, your friends and can talk about music. You have the option to ‘love’ or ‘hate’ a particular song or even an artist.
8Tracks: This is one of the newest online radio stations and it is gaining a lot of popularity with time. It provides you playlists that need to at least 8 songs, hence the name. You can choose between free advertising subscriptions or paid subscriptions at $25 for six months. You get the opportunity to recommend music to your friends and choose music from other people’s recommendations.
The best music for working out
March 18, 2017
Exercising is very important to keep the body at its healthiest. The approach to exercise may vary from person to person. Some prefer to sweat it out in the gym, some prefer to go for long runs, some like to do power yoga, yadda yadda. No matter what category you belong to, I bet there is one thing common between all these people- music.
Why should you listen to music while working out?
A perfect playlist that keeps you motivated and pumps up adrenaline into your body while working out is absolutely necessary. Remember how the last gym you joined had the most absurd music blaring out in the speakers? Bad music is not only a demotivator, it completely kills the will to work out.
Here’s why you need to have a good playlist
- Music makes it easier to adapt to a new routine
- Music will make you feel better about exercising
- Music brings out more intensity from your body
- Music keeps you focused
- Music improves your endurance
So if you want to give your 100% while working out, you must be very careful about the songs you choose to listen.
Best Workout Music
Here is a select list of songs that you must add to your workout playlist-
- Break Free by Ariana Grande ft. Zedd
- We Found Love by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris
- Pump Up The Jam by Technotronic
- Lose Control by Missy Elliot ft. Ciara & Fatman Scoop
- Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) by C+C Music Factory
- One More Time by Daft Punk
- Iron Man by Black Sabbath
- Time 4 Sum Aksion by Redman
- Pound The Alarm by Nicki Minaj
- Wild For The Night by A$AP Rocky ft. Skrillex and Birdy Nam Nam
- Bulletproof by La Roux
- Till I Collapse by Eminem
- The Ride of the Val-kyries by Richard Wagner
- Pust It by Salt-N-Papa
- Welcome To The Jungle by Guns N’ Roses
Before you get busy in downloading these songs, let me tell you one thing- faster music does not mean exactly mean a better workout. It all comes down to the kind of that inspires you the most, even if you like to hear classical music while working out. Just choose the most inspiring music and you are good to go!
Why I like Sony Boomboxes
March 17, 2017
Sony is one of the giants that introduced the boombox to the masses during the late 70s, and ever since, the boombox never really left the stage, and it is only lately that most people are starting to come around and enjoy the sound of a good boombox again. Although there are all kinds of manufacturers now that are making boomboxes, just like Sony and other big names, I’ve never gotten to taking a liking to other brands than Sony, which is why I am going to tell you right now why I like Sony boomboxes and what makes them so special to me.
Although I should start with things like sound quality or functionality, I think the first thing that really comes to mind when looking at a Sony boombox, no matter which model, is that these babies look really great. There are all kinds of designs available, so if you are looking for something more vintage inspired, or rather a modern looking boombox, you will find everything in their stock. Futuristic looks, subdued looks, old school looks, Sony has them all, so, if you are really particular about how your boombox should look like so that its physical appearance is as bad-ass as the sound that it will deliver, you cannot go wrong with this company, ever.
Of course, now I should talk about the sound quality and power of these boomboxes. Again, this is an area where Sony does not easily allow any other name in the industry to get ahead. Employing all kinds of enhancers and clever technologies, Sony boomboxes are capable of powerful, high quality sound that will put you in a special category of audiophiles that cannot be bothered with the usual ilk of portable speakers. If you want power, measured in watts, and if you are sound quality, measured in how many people will enviously stare at your boombox, then you should get one from Sony.
Let’s not forget that these boomboxes are built to last. They are made to withstand plenty of wear and tear and they are a good option for anyone who doesn’t want to keep their boombox only at home, neatly place somewhere no one can touch it. Some designs are made to be taken along on a construction site or anywhere else durability and strong housing is necessary, so you will have no troubles finding a Sony boombox to fit your preferences. At the same time, Sony manages to keep its models quite lightweight, so it will not be a bother for you to take them everywhere.
Two Boomboxes I recommend
March 12, 2017
I’ve always loved boomboxes, because of their sheer power of being able to disrupt the quietness of any neighborhood, and, of course, the superior sound quality you can enjoy when using them. While back in the 80s, everyone seemed to be all out with their music preferences, over the years, listening to music has become a pretty much personal affair, with people more and more preferring to listen to music on walkman, portable CD players and more recently directly on their smartphones. While I am all down with that, I still see no problem with having a boombox, too, and I am glad to see the resurgence in this item’s popularity. If you are here to look for the best boombox I am here to tell you a bit about two I really like and I want to recommend them to you, as well.
The Jensen CD-490 is my first recommendation. This one has everything you need in a portable music player. It plays CDs, it is compatible with both CD-R and CD-RW formats, and it comes equipped with an easy to read track display, so you will know exactly what is played. All the basic functions you would expect to find in a boombox are all here. You can skip tracks, go back or forward, repeat your favorite song and program its memory. This is more than just a CD player though, since it comes with an AM/FM receiver, so you can listen to your favorite radio stations, exactly like in the good old days. A headphone jack makes things simple for listening to you music in private, and the extra input jack for connecting your iPod or any other digital audio player makes it even more portable.
My second chance would be Sylvania SRCD243, a quirky looking boombox that everyone seems to love. As a portable CD, it does a pretty swell job and the sound quality is appreciated as being superior by most buyers. Because it also functions as an AM/FM radio, you can take it to the beach with you, even if you are not hauling a bunch of CDs along with you. You can skip to the track of your choice, search for your favorite song and store 20 different tracks in its memory, so you can easily create playlists just to your liking.
These are my two choices I wanted to tell you about. They are simple, straightforward boomboxes with great sound quality, dependable portability and the best part is that they come really cheap, so there is absolutely nothing to hold against them.
2 Bluetooth portable speakers that are worth the money
February 27, 2017
Planning to buy Bluetooth portable speakers for your home use? It is not easy for a common person to select a portable Bluetooth speaker as there are many varieties of Bluetooth speakers in the market. I was searching for the best Bluetooth portable speakers for my home use recently and found it really tough to find a product that is worth the money spent.
JBL and Bose are the two best manufactures of speakers and they have a variety of speakers that available at different price ranges. Bose speakers are really good but have a comparatively higher price tag; therefore, I decided to opt for the former.
JBL Charge 3 is a waterproof Bluetooth enabled portable speaker that is available for under $130. It has a built in rechargeable Li-on battery that can support up to 20 hours. It can also be used to charge your Smartphone and tablet via the USB connection.
The highlight of the JBL Charge 3 is that it allows you to completely avoid noise and eco with its noise and echo cancelling options. This feature helps you to take phone calls or Skype calls without worrying about any sound disturbances. JBL Charge 3 is rated IPX7 waterproof, which means you can take it to your pool and not worry about your Bluetooth portable speaker getting damaged in the water. The small-in-size portable speaker is easy to carry around and is one of the best in this price range.
Another Bluetooth portable speaker that attracted me is the UE Boom 2 portable speaker that is waterproof and shockproof. It can give you a 360 degree sound with deep bass that can fill any room. UE Boom 2 not only looks beautiful, it has an amazing battery life that can last up to 10 – 14 hours. You can connect the UE Boom 2 with other portable speakers to fill your home with great music.
UE Boom 2 is worth the money you spend as it can single handedly fill your room with quality sound. My two bedroom house is completely filled with mesmerizing music from this cool looking Bluetooth portable speaker. At around $150, UE 2 Boom is one of the best Bluetooth portable speakers one can buy today.
There are many cheap quality portable Bluetooth speakers in the market, but if you wish to have a quality product, then I recommend you to select from the two options discussed above. They are comfortable to your ears and are worth every dollar you spend.
Are boomboxes still a good investment?
February 12, 2017
Last week I attended my son’s parent teacher meet. I was hearing so many things about the way this six years old bundle of energy is enjoying his classes these days. I wanted to know the reason for his excitement and newly generated interest in his lessons. Soon the mystery around it was revealed. I learned from his class teacher that she has been using a boombox for creating a conducive learning environment with music, storytelling and songs.
I was impressed with what she told me. When I was returning back I wondered how creative it is of his teacher to use a boombox to make lessons more interesting for the energetic tiny tots. Before this experience I knew boombox as an entertainment gadget. It is usually carried by the young people along with them to enjoy an ‘anytime anywhere party’ with reverberating music.
I think that value of a gadget depends on how it is being utilized. I my view a boombox still hold a strong position as a valued gadget in home and outdoors. It is a reasonable investment but comes with many advantages. It can be used by trainers as well as parents to let the kids learn in an interesting way.
The people, who love to enjoy their life in outdoors, need to have some source of entertainment and information. The Boombox is not only a music player with loud and enhanced set of speakers but also have the capability to catch the local radio signals and keep you informed with the latest happening in your city and around. You will love the musical feast anywhere you go.
The advantages are far beyond. When you get a boombox you will have an auxiliary input which you can use to take volume to fill the room with thumping audio. The inbuilt Bluetooth option in the boombox is a good feature. If you have music of your choice in different gadgets and your Smartphone you can play them right from the source devices. You can connect to multiple gadgets through Bluetooth depending on the number of devices it allows. Of course the plain old music CDs and DVDs can also be played with same versatility and ease. You can also use the speakers of a boombox as audio output medium for other player devices to add stereo effect to your favorite music albums.
Most of the boomboxes come with Built-in cassette recorder so that you can record music from other source like a CD. If you are gifted with a good voice then you can also hum the notes using the built-in microphone and play it later to wow your audience. So, looking at the benefits of boombox, it will never go out of use while paying you the worth you have spent on buying this cool gadget.