I updated my ipod last night and all of my songs got wiped. 4,000 songs, gone. A few songs were corrupted and it’s aborting the resync so after many hours, I’ve figured a temporary work-around on another device.
BUT, I’m starting to think I should move over to Spotify. I don’t teach with a lot of 32-beat consistent music any more, so for a monthly subscription, I could just make playlists and play music in class. No more hassle with itunes.
I use very few ZIN materials from Zumba. Almost none. Are there any Zumba instructors here who use no ZIN music at all and just Spotify?
I am a ZIN instructor. I do not use much ZIN music, I also do not use streaming services. I use Mix Meister (MixMeister.com) and make my own playlists. Most of my class members are 40 and older, so I tend to blend current hits with oldies and international music for all my classes. Of course nowadays oldies includes music from the 80’s and 90’s! I change my playlists every week (but that is more for me than my students), always keeping some popular hits and varying the oldies and my favorite alternative music. It does take time, but it something I really enjoy, so I do not mind.
For Zumba I do try to hold with their recommended 70% international, but I find the members seem to sing along with the oldies more than anything else. Some class non ZIN favorites include At The Hop (Danny and the Juniors), Surfing Safari (Beach Boys), Work This Body (Walk the Moon), Do You Love Me (Guster),and Saturday Nights Alright For Fighting(Elton John).
Thanks for your post, Janet. I used to use Mixmeister to do all sorts of fun things mixing songs together and making a pause-free playlist. I do enjoy it, but it’s too time consuming for the time I’m willing to devote to Zumba these days. Only 25% of my classes are Zumba.
A streaming service for Zumba would work, I think, since I use so little ZIN music. I still follow the “formula,” (by the way, the 70/30 rule was re-stated in the newest B1 manual, so it’s still predominantly international and of that mostly Latin, but the percentage rule is gone). I just like to use original artists and to find my own, unique songs.
Have fun with Mixmeister! You’re probably way better at it than I am since I haven’t used it in years, so don’t be surprised if you get a message saying, “Can you help me make this song 30 seconds longer?”
I don’t know if you would be interested in it but I use Sound Cloud. There are a lot of Zumba songs you can find on there, some are even ZIN songs.
It’s free and all you have to do is search for the song you want and put it on a playlist. I often just play music from my phone. 🙂
Either way, good luck!