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The best ways to track your TV, music and reading habits

The best ways to track your TV, music and reading habits
From Engadget - March 8, 2018

Movies

IMDb might be the big kahuna when it comes to looking up stuff about film, but it's pretty terrible for cinephiles who want a place to track their film consumption and connect with other film lovers. Letterboxd is a site built by people who take their movie watching seriously. You can log your views, tag them, make themed lists and write reviews for films you have already seen and written -- after all, sometimes you might notice something new on a rewatch. Even if you are not into obsessively tracking your film inventory, the site and its app are still worth a look just for the quality of the reviews: It's a more discerning group of watchers than you'd find on Rotten Tomatoes, with a fun mix of serious critical analysis and self-deprecation.

Television

Trakt.tv does not make its own app that you can just download and start using. Instead, it focuses its efforts on its website and API, which sit at the center of a robust ecosystem of third-party apps targeting different users' needs. Meanwhile WatchAid will give you the skinny on which streaming service carries your favorite shows while serial bingers can use Serist to keep tabs on how far they have made it into a long-running program like Game of Thrones or West Wing. If you do a lot of your watching on your computer via services like Netflix or on media players like Apple TV, there are ways for Trakt to automatically keep tabs on those, too, creating a more holistic, cross-platform picture of your viewing habits. It's like having your own personal Nielsen ratings system.

Music

We listen to way more music than we can ever keep tabs of manually, so that's what makes Last.fm's auto-scrobble so great. You simply install the app on your computer or phone and it scours iTunes, Google Play or Windows Media Player for your listening habits. You can also have streaming services like Spotify and Tidal send information directly to Last.fm. Data nerds will love how it generates stats on your favorite tracks, albums and artists, delivering a weekly listening report that even breaks it down by how many new artists you have sampled and your most popular genres. Maybe you do not need that much information, but then again, there's something comforting about knowing that even after 10 years and changing tastes, The Pixies' "Where Is My Mind?" still has not been dethroned as my top track.

Video games

Books

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