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If you were asked to name one of the biggest sites on the Internet, which would you choose? Google? Facebook? Twitter? How about YouTube? Started in 2005, YouTube is currently host to 100 hours of new video every minute, and 100 billion people visit the site every month. That is a truly staggering figure and just goes to show how much YouTube has infiltrated our lives. In Internet terms, the site is an absolute Godzilla.

This means of course that countless third-party tools and apps have been built around the YouTube API over the years. From downloading tools to scripts, and from analytics to trends, the enthusiastic YouTube fan seems to have it all. Here are 5 tools that caught our attention here at Cool Websites & Apps.

YouTube Trends

Whether you are just a casual video watcher wanting to see what everyone else is watching, or a YouTube channel operator looking to see what the hot trends are so you can take part in them, YouTube Trends is the place to go to.

The page is made up of three sections — the map, the blog, and the dashboard.  The dashboard has a great comparison feature, where you can pick up to three countries (each with their own age group) and see at a glance what each demographic is watching, and compare what a teenager is watching, to say someone in their 60’s. This is valuable SEO information for anyone who makes their living from making and publishing videos.

The blog….well, is a blog. That doesn’t need much explanation. It showcases trending videos 7 Best Viral Video Websites To Watch What’s Buzzing Now 7 Best Viral Video Websites To Watch What’s Buzzing Now Viral videos are accidents. I don’t think they can be created deliberately, though I am sure people try. A video going viral can launch careers and give someone their 5 minutes of YouTube fame. So,... Read More and discusses them. The map shows what different people are watching in different locations. The one gripe about the map is that it is confined solely to the US. A bit pointless if you are looking for say European stats.


The Internet is buzzing right now about the small sneak trailer released by JJ Abrams, showing the new Star Wars movie. Die-hard fans are dissecting the trailer piece by piece, asking why there is a black stormtrooper, why the lightsabre has been redesigned, and where is that geriatric Han Solo? And who did shoot first? Han or Greedo?

If you want to send someone the parts of a video 4 Ways to Easily Embed Part of a YouTube Video 4 Ways to Easily Embed Part of a YouTube Video We have shared quite a few useful YouTube-related tips so far. Here are 10 YouTube URL tricks to play with as well as some YouTube annoyances and ways to get rid of them. You may... Read More that you deem the most important, and forget about the rest of the chaff, then TubeChop is a cool tool that I have been using for a while. And it works like a charm. Simply load in the YouTube URL or a keyword to search for the video. When the video comes up, enter your start and end times of the video that you want to keep, write an optional description, and then click “chop it”.

You will then see your edited video, and on the right hand side, there is a URL to send to whoever you want. There is also an embed code if you want to put the edited video on a website.


These days, YouTube is increasingly being used more and more for music. If you enter any song name and / or artist, you will get at least one version popping up. The music industry however seems to be playing whack-a-mole with these videos. They demand that one gets taken down and another 5 pop up to take its place.

If you are sitting at your desk working away, and you want some music playing in the background, then you can make a YouTube playlist 4 Simple YouTube Music Players For A Swim In The Stream Of Free Music 4 Simple YouTube Music Players For A Swim In The Stream Of Free Music YouTube is an unlimited source of restriction-free music anyone in the world can listen to. While it's easy enough to find and listen to it on YouTube itself, there are other, easier ways. Read More using Tubalr. You can either enter a genre, or you can enter a specific artist’s name. If you go for the latter option, you can specify whether you want exactly that artist, or someone similar to them. A playlist is then generated, and the first video on the list starts playing. As each one finishes, the next one begins. So you can start it and not have to worry about searching for something else to play afterwards. Plus, using this, there is that surprise factor, not knowing what Tubalr has found.

DVD VideoSoft

There seems to be a huge industry in YouTube video downloading tools 5 Free YouTube Downloaders & Converters Compared: Which One Is Right For You? 5 Free YouTube Downloaders & Converters Compared: Which One Is Right For You? Two years ago, I told you about 5 easy ways to download and convert online videos. Recently, we also told you about ways to download YouTube videos to your Mac, and some ways you can... Read More . The vast majority of them seem to disappear eventually but there are a few quality ones out there, including DVD VideoSoft. In all instances, it works perfectly, and it works extremely fast. There are separate desktop apps for downloading videos, and for downloading the audio only as an MP3 file. There is a premium version of their software (and the nagging from their banners does get on your nerves sometimes), but on the whole, their free software is absolutely fantastic.

Just be careful when downloading, as they try to get you to install bloatware. Always go for the custom installation, and deselect all the chaff. Unless you like custom toolbars and having your browser start page changed.


Finally we come to an app, which can either be used to wake you up, or it can be used for prank purposes. AlarmTube is an online app, where you can set a time which you would like to be woken at, along with a YouTube video you would like played at that time. So instead of “BEEP! BEEP! GET YOUR ASS OUT OF BED! BEEP!”, you can instead have the sweet tones of Kylie Minogue (OK, I like her. Shoot me), or you can rickroll your wife with Rick Astley, or if your husband is a very deep sleeper, how about something like Iron Maiden? Guns & Roses? US Marine instructors at boot camp? If YouTube has it, AlarmTube will play it at the time you specify.

Just open a browser on a smartphone, load up the page and set the alarm. Then wait for the person in bed to get the shock of their life. But hey, they’re up, right?

At Cool Websites and Apps, YouTube tools will just be one of many categories that we will be looking at. Which YouTube tools and apps should we be looking at for our next roundup?


  1. Irina
    January 1, 2015 at 1:36 am

    Hi, Mark,
    thank you for article. It is very good helping for me, below standard user.
    But sorry, as for TubeChop, I am not so happy. After I made arrangements according to my expectations and put the chopped result into FB post, I found out, that it did not work. The video has had the same length as earlier.
    Not a good tool at all.

    Best regards


  2. Erik the grand
    December 26, 2014 at 4:44 am

    you tarded

    Such destroys pursuit of QUALITY

    F*book facilitates tolerance of- and per se erosion of Expectation of Privacy. (That's very bad)

    > one of the biggest sites on the Internet , a uucp peer , see also usenets?

  3. chrisham
    December 10, 2014 at 5:40 am

    I listen to many sermons and lectures that are sometime more than an hour long, is there any tool out there that aides in increasing the playback speed? I am aware that Chrome offers that feature on certain videos, but I have found it to be having problems in other areas when you change it to the HTML5 Player setting. Appreciate some pointers... thanks!

  4. must
    December 6, 2014 at 11:28 pm
    Streamus turns YouTube into the music player you always wanted

    • MEG
      December 10, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      I love Streamus and I use it with Chrome. Not yet for Firefox?

    • Mark O'Neill
      December 27, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      I can assure you (and the others reading this) that I have installed and uninstalled this software countless times. And each time, you CAN opt-out of all the bloat they try to get you to install. You just have to be careful and make sure all the relevant boxes are unticked.

  5. RobertSF
    December 6, 2014 at 6:34 am

    DVD videosoft was overrun with adware when I last tried it. It installed junk on my computer that i was not able to opt out of. Freemake is a fair alternative.

    • Mark O'Neill
      December 6, 2014 at 11:57 am

      You CAN opt out of the junk. As I said in the article, just choose the custom installation and uncheck all the boxes for the crap it wants you to install. I have been using this software for a long time, without any issues.

      But I agree, Freemake is also a good option.

    • Erik the grand
      December 26, 2014 at 4:45 am

      > You CAN opt out of the junk

      NOT if it is "open" candy. OpenCandy is malware (running in admin context (very bad))

  6. W.
    December 6, 2014 at 4:54 am

    I like "Magic Actions For YouTube". For Chrome and Firefox.

  7. Michael Gorman
    December 6, 2014 at 1:07 am

    Fabulous, I think Youtube is just getting more significant - great tools!

  8. Davey126
    December 5, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Another tool worth considering is "Magic Actions for YouTube" which is a browser extension for Chrome, Firefox and Opera. Many of the features amount to eye candy but there are some productivity aids such as auto HD, ad blocking (use with discretion) and stoping autoplay. More at the following URL or look in your favorite extension store for info/reviews.

  9. DonGateley
    December 3, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    If music is your thing then is a web app that aggregates all the music on YouTube, provides powerful search, and is a player with a queue and playlists. Really well thought out and highly usable web app.

  10. Alexis C
    December 3, 2014 at 4:18 pm :P

  11. connecticut472
    December 3, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Great tips!
    All you tube tools are very important for me.Thanks for sharing useful content.

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