Monday, December 30, 2013

It's Complicated? (Spinning Profile and Playlist)

I know there there are instructors out there that use the iTunes Store exclusively because they're using an iPod.  But you don't have to be limited to iTunes simply because you use some type of Apple device.  Don't get me wrong, I encourage you to use the iTunes store, especially when getting the music for my playlists using the links I provide (after all the little bit of commission I get from those links helps fund this site).  But there's a wealth of other music sources to consider as well.

In this article I want to address YouTube.  YouTube is the 2nd largest search engine out there.  When you want to know how to do some new task, more often than not, people are searching YouTube videos for
examples.  But aside from all the help videos, stupid animal videos, and stupid people videos, there's a lot of talented folks out there remixing and mashing up music that can give you're class something new.

Somebody sent me a really great mashup for that I wanted to integrate into my end-of-year RaceDay ride.
This mashup includes 56 of the pop songs from 2013; what better way to review all the music from the year.

"But you want to integrate this in your actual playlist"
The easiest way that I've found to pull these into iTunes is an online tool such as, VidToMP3.  I'm sure that there are several other's out there, but this one seems to work really well for me.  A word of caution, watch what links you're clicking on that you don't signup to download some other programs.  The reason I like an online tool versus a program that you have resident on you computer is that many of these "free" YouTube converters include trojan software or hi-jack your browsers.  I've used VidToMP3 for some time, and yes they include a bunch of other links on their page, just don't click on them.

Back to how do you get from YouTube to MP3...

Step 1: Make sure you're watching the video on YouTube and not simply something embedded like you would see on Facebook.  You do this by clicking on the YouTube logo at the bottom of the video.

Step 2: Click on SHARE and then copy the Link

Step 3:  Copy the link into VidToMP3 (or any other online converter you want)

Eventually the converter will give you a download link to download the converted file.  Save this to wherever you store your music on your computer.  I have a file to dedicated to downloaded music (other than iTunes), but anywhere will pretty much work.

Step 4: Play it using iTunes
I use Google Chrome as my primary browser but any will work.  The reason I like Chrome is that it allows your downloaded files to be displayed at the bottom of the screen.  If you're using another browser, just find file and OPEN it or OPEN WITH iTunes.  My default music player is iTunes so I simply double click on the file and Boom! it's in my iTunes music library, ready to be added to my next playlist.

Now my RaceDay Profile
Modeled after Stage 18 of the 2013 Tour de France.  I've used this profile before because I really like the hill aspect of it.  I'm sure I might have a different opinion if I was actually in the Alps on my road bike, especially since I'm from Ohio, where a hill is anything higher than 15 feet.  But for RaceDay, I always have everyone do a breakaway during the last 30-45 seconds to the virtual "finish line", and with Stage 18, that's on a freaking mountain.

Have fun with this ride, and remember to caution the less conditioned riders to take it easy and not to strive for the higher cadences of a Race Day climb, and to listen to their body.

For this profile 50% of your time is in HeartZone 4 and 28% of your time is in HeartZone 5, so you are definitely stressing your system during this.  Be Smart!

Music you'll need from YouTube

Music from iTunes

Note:  On the last song, We are the Champions, be sure to go to the options on the song in iTunes so that you can start your music right at the spot where it sings, "We are the Champions...!" .  This kind of gives you a poetic end to your ride.

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