When I was young, I constantly recorded my favorite songs from the radio to cassettes (like EMF’s “Unbelievable.” No, really.) It was kind of like a game trying to time the beginnings and ends of tracks just right without hitting that dreaded commercial. A mixmaster I was not, but I enjoyed grouping songs together for things like driving or working out. Once CDs came along and then MP3s, I pretty much nixed that hobby. But there are easy and fun ways to create mixes in the digital age.
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Do yourself a favor and sign up for Spotify. It’s a cinch to create playlists for all sorts of occasions or people and then share them. Putting together a mix for an 80s fan? Try the Search Generators feature, which lets you enter special terms right in the Spotify search bar. So, for instance, you would type "year 1980-1989" to check out the most popular tracks from the decade of decadence. And here’s something else you could never do before: Spotify lets you create Collaborative Playlists, which friends can subscribe to as well as edit.
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