Music and Gear to Pump Up and Train Like an NFL Player

Now, that NFL’s bone-crunching, tire-flipping season is back, there’s no better time to get pumped up and start training like your favorite pro footballer. So here’s some of the key workout equipment, exercises, and music to get you ripped for game time.

Heart monitor apps: Most NFL players and coaches use heart monitors to ensure they’re reaching their optimum cardio rates, but phone apps like the Instant Heart Rate app by Azumio and Runtastic Heart Rate Pro work just as well. A good target to shoot for is 50 to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate, according to the American Heart Association. (Your maximum heart rate is approximately 220 minus your age.)

Resistance bands: Strengthen your throwing arm like the pro QBs do with three simple resistance exercises using these multicolored bands, advises Stack.com. The bands help develop the specific shoulder muscles that rotate the arm back, over and inward while throwing a ball.

Kettle bells: These cast-iron balls don’t look intimidating until you start doing the reps that NFL UP! Suggests. Pretty soon you’ll be crying for Momma Lynch – Marshawn’s mom.

Tires: Texans’ sack king J.J. Watt swears he stays in beast mode by flipping 1,000-pound tires and even proved it on this season’s TV series “Hard Knocks.” You don’t have to go that big. Start with a 200-300-pound tractor wheel — you know, something small, Bodybuilding.com suggests.

Beats headphones:  Cam Newton, Tom Brady, and Richard Sherman may be fined $10,000 every time they wear their Beats headphones instead of the NFL-sanctioned  Bose brand, but you won’t. So go ahead and sport those shiny ear cans.

Wireless music app: Make pump-up playlists, listen without wifi or a cellphone signal, and access all your music on the field with free music app MyMusicCloud.

But, wait-a-sec, you’re going to need some songs to get your adrenaline pumping. Billboard.com interviewed the team DJs for the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks to see what their players listen to at real NFL practices. Here are some samples …

Seahawks Football Playlist

“Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind & Fire

“Bugatti” by Ace Hood featuring Future, Rick Ross

“Hot Boy” by Bobby Shmurda

“Energy” by Drake

“Who’s that Lady” by The Isley Brothers

“I” by Kendrick Lamar

“No Flex Zone” by Rae Sremmurd

“All Day” by Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney

“Marshawn Lynch” by Mistah F.A.B.

“TTU (Too Turnt Up)” by Flosstradamaus featuring Waka Flocka Flame

Atlanta Falcon Football Playlist

“Workin” by Waka Flocka Flame

“Work” by A$AP Ferg

“WDYW” by Carnage featuring A$AP Ferg, Lil Uzi Vert, & Rich the Kid

“We in Da City” by Young Dro

“Watch Out” by 2 Chainz

“Real Sisters ” by Future

“Mind Right – Remix” by TK N Cash featuring B.o.B.

“March Madness” by Future

“Where Ya At” by Future featuring Drake

“Blasé” by Ty Dolla $ign featuring Future & Rae Sremmurd

3 iTunes Headaches MyMusicCloud Solves

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This week, Apple unveiled a bunch of new goodies including the iPhone 6s, Siri-responsive Apple TV boxes, and bigger, snazzier iPads. But for those of us still using iTunes, the event was something of a letdown. Can’t we share our music across all our devices, even if they’re not Apple-approved? Why do our fave bootlegged songs have to be replaced? There really is an alternative. Did you know that free music app MyMusicCloud

Unites your music across all your devices regardless of brand or operating system? Got music on an iPhone and an Android tablet? Or some albums on an old PC laptop and others on a new MacBook? No problem. Our free music app seamlessly stores, plays, and pauses your music collection across all your gadgets. It’s available for computers, smartphones, and tablets powered by Apple, Android and Windows. Plus, you can stream all your music and playlists right now through your Samsung smart TV with our pre-loaded TV app or with the Chromecast laptop dongle.

Lets you ditch those “Sync” app workarounds? Using Android or Windows devices in addition to your Apple favorites? You don’t need to pay for workaround apps like iSyncr for iTunes for Android or Sync iTunes to Android (Pro) to play your music. MyMusicCloud plays nice with all your devices.

Keeps your original imported songs unchanged? Enjoy your live concert recordings, EDM remixes, and European imports without substitutions. MyMusicCloud will never “match and replace” your songs with those from a music label or store. It’s your music to upload and enjoy.

Listen to your music without limitations by downloading the free MyMusicCloud app now. (It automatically imports your iTunes collection.) Learn more tips and tricks in our Help and How-To archives.

10 Songs You’re Singing Wrong

Ever listen to Bruno Mars‘s “Uptown Funk,” and hear, “This is that ice cone, Michelle Pfeiffer, that white goat”? Yup, we know. But, hey, you’re not alone. Plenty of music fans are singing wrong song lyrics too, and even making funny Vine videos of their goof-ups (like the one above).

We’re here to help you never sing the wrong lyrics again. Our free MyMusicCloud app shows you the correct lyrics to any song you upload to our cloud, on your phone, tablet, laptop, smartwatch and even smart TV. Just touch the “Lyrics” button and, voila, instant lyrics. So now when you hear …

What the Lyric Sounds Like: “This is that ice cone, Michelle Pfeiffer, that white goat”

What It Really Is: “This is that ice-cold Michelle Pfeiffer, that white gold”

But, truthfully, we know you liked that misheard lyric, so here are some more funny wrong song lyrics from Vine and around the Interwebs.

One Republic, “Counting Stars”

Lyric Sounds Like: “Bake that bunny, watch it burn!”

What It Really Is: “Make that money, watch it burn!”

Maroon 5, “Misery”

Lyric Sounds Like: “I am in Miss-ouri … ”

What It Really Is: “I am in Misery …”

The Rolling Stones with Bette Midler, “Beast of Burden”

Lyric Sounds Like: “I’ll never be your big Suburban.”

What It Really Is: “I’ll never be your beast of burden.”

Eminem featuring Rihanna, “Monster”

What the Lyric Sounds Like: “I’m friends with the monster, the son of my bed.”

What It Really Is: “I’m friends with the monster that’s under my bed.”

Walk the Moon, “Shut Up and Dance”

What the Lyric Sounds Like: “When you’re broke at the club, shut up and dance for free!”

What It Really Is: “I said, ‘You’re holding back,’ She said, “Shut up and dance with me!”

Kenny Loggins, “Footloose”

Lyric Sounds Like: “Now, I gotta cut loops, Froot Loops! Kick off those Sundance shoes.”

What It Really Is: “Now, I gotta cut loose, Footloose! Kick off your Sunday shoes.”

Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”

Lyric Sounds Like: “Got a lot of Starbucks lovers.”

What It Really Is: “Got a long list of ex-lovers.”

Montell Jordan, “This Is How We Do It”

Lyric Sounds Like: “The farting’s here on the West side.”

What It Really Is: “The party’s here on the West side.”

Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, “Empire State of Mind Pt 2”

Lyric Sounds Like: “In New York, concrete jungle, wet dream, tomato…”

What It Really Is: “In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made, oh… “

Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive”

What the Lyric Sounds Like: “I feel it in my bones … to make my sister moan.”

What It Really Is: “I feel it in my bones … enough to make my systems blow.”

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Football Pump Up Songs Inspired by ‘Hard Knocks’

Edit: Many of our users know by now, but MyMusicCloud has officially become eMusic as of 09/25/17. 

eMusic provides all the features MMC users have used and love, such as access to any of your previously stored music and playlists, unlimited cloud storage & playback on multiple devices. It also includes much more – access to over 26 million tracks at up to 55% off iTunes pricing, access to free music every day, all year and access to premium sales and promotions.
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It’s a lock: Football fans are loving the players and heart of this season’s “Hard Knocks,” airing Tuesday nights throughout August on HBO. Each year, the reality series spotlights an NFL team’s training camp, and this time the ballers are the ever-hopeful Houston Texans and their F-bomb-loving coach, Bill O’Brien.

There was a lot to like in the opening episode, which showed players like Frigidaire-sized Vince Wilfork playing catch with an elephant (that’s not a typo), and lovable defensive lineman J.J. Watt flipping 1,000-pound truck tires for fun.

It’s enough to make you want to go out and run some laps (well, almost). Ok, so you may not have an elephant to train with like Vince does, but you can still get pumped for practice like those pros by borrowing some of their favorite songs.

J.J. reveals his love for Fort Minor‘s “Remember the Name” in “Hard Knocks,” while Instagram fans are probably familiar with Vince’s famous barbecue-grilling dance to Young Jeezy‘s “Put On.”

Even Coach O’Brien has admitted, “I like Rick Ross. I’m a renaissance man.”

With that in mind, we’ve come up with a football pump up playlist inspired by the Texans and this season’s “Hard Knocks.” Download these 25 songs to your MyMusicCloud account and play them at your next practice or tailgate party. With our free music app, you can make playlists and listen to them on any device with or without wifi.

So let’s flip those monster truck tires, y’all, and, hey, if these songs don’t pump you up, don’t blame us – tell it to these red, white and blue Texan fans.

1. “Houston” by Slim Thug featuring Paul Wall & ZRo
2. “H Up 4 Dem Texans” by Dre LaDon
3. “Put On” by Young Jeezy featuring Kanye West
4. “I’m a Boss” by Meek Mill featuring Rick Ross (for Coach O’Brien)
5. “Red Right Hand” by Nick Cave
6. “Wanna Be a Baller” by Lil’ Troy
7. “Let’s Go” by Trick Daddy featuring Lil Jon & Twista
8. “Come Out and Play” by The Offspring
9. “Remember the Name” by Fort Minor (for JJ)
10. “I Am the Bullgod” by Kid Rock
11. “This Means War” by Avenged Sevenfold
12. “Enemies” by Shinedown
13. “Burn It To The Ground” by Nickelback
14. “All American Nightmare” by Hinder
15. “Tick Tick Boom” by The Hives
16. “Cannonball” by The Breeders
17. “Elephant” by Tame Impala (for Vince LOL)
18. “Riot Rhythm” by Sleigh Bells
19. “Berzerk” by Eminem
20. “Uprising” by Muse
21. “Unbelievable” by EMF
22. “Forever” by Drake featuring Lil Wayne, Eminem and Kanye West
23. “Numb / Encore” by Jay Z and Linkin Park
24. “Turn Down for What” – DJ Snake and Lil Jon (for JJ)
25. “Live and Let Die” by Paul McCartney

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The Best Ways to Back Up Your Music Library

smartphone-vintage-technology-musicGot stacks of CDs you can’t bear to part with? Can’t open photos or apps on your smartphone because the memory is being eaten up by tons of music files? It’s time to back up your music library, and there are several smart, convenient, and affordable storage methods available. But, first, you need to know: How big is my music collection?

The general rule of thumb dictates that 200 to 250 songs = about 1 Gigabyte of electronic memory space. Of course, just a couple Rush (“2112,” anyone?) or Radiohead jams can gobble that up. Thom Yorke recently recorded a 432-hour long ditty called “Subterranea” that’s made up of just atmospheric, experimental sounds. (Sorry, Radiohead fans, it’s for a friend’s Australian art exhibit and not meant to be released.)

Here, we review some popular Music Storage Options and their Pros and Cons …

Thumb Drives: These little doohickeys are found everywhere from office supply stores to gas stations, and they’re ridiculously cheap — anywhere from $8 for 8 GB (gigabytes) to $25 for 32 GB. If you have a small collection, 6,400 songs or fewer, a thumb drive can help. The Cons? Thumb drives are ridiculously easy to lose and can become corrupted. Plus, not all tablets recognize these, so you’ll probably need a laptop or desktop computer to listen to them.

Medium-sized flash drives: Got more than 7,000 songs? A larger flash (or thumb) drive can handle a medium-sized collection for not much more dough ($30-$40 for 64GB and $60-$80 for 128 GB). The Cons? As mentioned above, these drives are easily lost and not that accessible.

iTunes and iTunes Match: Apple fans adore iTunes, which allows you to buy new music and upload your own to their software. The Cons? You can’t easily share your files across various devices, so you’re limited to listening on the laptop or device that you originally uploaded your albums to. To sync your music across devices, you’ll need a workaround, or their cloud-based service iTunes Match. For $25 a year, iTunes Match scans the music you already have in your iTunes library and finds the same song in Apple’s collection, all encoded as 256kbps AAC files with no copy protection. (They may disappear when Apple’s rights to the song or album ends). The Cons? If you’re really into EDM or recording your own live show songs, Match probably won’t work for you because those won’t exist in Apple’s library, although they say they will upload those songs for you.

MyMusicCloud: This free music app syncs your whole collection across computers, smartphones, tablets, and even Smart TVs, regardless of brand or operating system (Apple? Android? Windows? It all works.) Its Sync Agent automatically locates and imports your existing albums and music files for you, whether they’re already in iTunes or Windows Media Player, or in another cloud such as Dropbox or Google Music. You can listen to 250 songs anytime for free (swapping them in and out of the cloud as you like) or listen unlimited for just $39.99 per year (about $3.35 per month). Plus, you can listen to your music offline. No wi-fi needed. The Cons? Pretty much your best option for about the cost of 1 latte a month.

Start listening to your music anywhere on any device today for free, or visit the MyMusicCloud Help and How To section for more info.

The Best Portable Wireless Speakers Under $175

man-with-boomboxBack before the Interwebs, you had to carry a mini-Cooper-sized stereo on your shoulder if you wanted to enjoy music at the beach, campground, or tailgate party. (Not to mention all those giant D-sized batteries.) But now that it’s so easy to travel with your entire music library on your tablet or smartphone via MyMusicCloud, it’s also a cinch to pump up the jams with lightweight, powerful portable speakers.

Happily, today’s urgent speaker question is not, Can the ER docs fix my dislocated shoulder before “Yo! MTV Raps” comes on? But do you want your speakers with Bluetooth? Speakerphones? Or extra bass?

PC magazine just released its list of the Top 10 Bluetooth Speakers, and we’ve selected 5 of their most affordable (read: cheapest under $175) picks for your listening pleasure.

(Tip: They advise that if you want to tote them to the pool, lake, or Slip N Slide, look for speakers with IPX ratings and guarantees of water and shock resistance.)

  1. Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker $129.95 On the higher price end, this colorful vertical speaker charges via micro USB cable and is “loud enough to fill an entire room with sound, and amazingly, possibly even loud enough to power your next party,” according to PC magazine.
  2. Divoom Voombox Party $99.99. If you’re the type who drops your speakers often or has rambunctious kids, this shock-resistant rubber and metal model is for you. It’s “one of the more powerful portable speakers of its size” with impressive bass, courtesy of a built-in subwoofer. Also has a speakerphone for taking calls.
  3. Logitech X300 Mobile Wireless Speaker $66.49. For just under $75, the tiny X300 delivers “room-filling sound” and impressive bass. It has a built-inbest bluetooth speakers speakerphone, and Bluetooth capability.

 

 

 

 

 

4. JBL Clip+ $49.95 Listed in our previous Best Smartphones, Earbuds and Speakers article, the slightly retooled Clip+ delivers loud, although not necessarily bass-heavy, sound and is splash-proof. It includes speakerphone and optional 3.5mm cable input for plug-in, plus the convenient clip-on feature. Battery life is on the lower side, however — about 5 hours vs. the typical 8.

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5. Jabra Solemate Mini $55.10. Delivering a “clean, surprisingly bass-forward sound,” the Solemate has Bluetooth capability but also includes a USB charging cable and 35 mm audio jack. For just $4 more, you can get the Solemate, which has a travel bag and carrying strap.

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Vote for This Year’s Best & Worst Summer Songs

Have you got mad love for the latest songs out this summer, or does it feel more like bad blood? We’re on the prowl for this summer’s biggest hit, that song that seems to effortlessly capture warm breezes, salty lips, frosty beverages, and the freedom to stay up late and sleep in. And we need your help. (Vote for your favorite song in our poll below!)

There have been some early chart busters like Walk the Moon‘s unstoppable hit from last fall, “Shut Up and Dance”; Maroon 5‘s “Sugar”; and Taylor Swift‘s throat-punching anthem, “Bad Blood.”

Speaking of bad blood, have you noticed all the “girl fighting” in pop land lately? Madge put on a grill and kicked it with Nicki Minaj for “Bitch, I’m Madonna“; Britney and Iggy Azalea are allegedly feuding over the bubble-gum “Pretty Girls”; and Rihanna‘s snarling her way through “Bitch Betta Have My Money.”

But we want to know: Who’s worthy of stealing the “Blurred Lines” or “Call Me Maybe” crowns of previous summers? As of July, Fifth Harmony‘s “Worth It” is currently crushing YouTube with 83 million views. Justin Bieber is batting his baby browns with Skrillex and Diplo in “Where Are U Now” and Fetty Wap is burning up the EDM scene with “Trap Queen” and “My Way” featuring Drake.

On the country side, Sam Hunt‘s “House Party” is still a tailgate fave and Brad Paisley’s “Crushing It” is a weekend must-play.

But The Weeknd is coming up strong with the super-catchy “Can’t Feel My Face.”

We’ve compiled our MyMusicCloud playlist of the Best Summer Songs Here. Now’s your chance to vote for the Best and Worst Summer Songs in our polls below.