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My image   [NO LONGER WORKS] Ivy FM – There are numerous radio stations that are dedicated to playing songs belonging to a particular music genre. But the ads broadcasted on these radio channels disrupt the music listening experience. Here to offer a similar but ad-free service is a wonderful site called Ivy FM, a free to use web service that continuously plays music of top artists in the world.

My image   SomNote – Taking notes is important. Our lives are so hectic that keeping up with everything we need to remember can be next to impossible. This is why we jot down note and reminders for ourselves. With the invention of the cloud, it’s even easier to keep notes. SomNote is a great example of what a cloud note taking solution should be. Read more: SomNote: Easy To Use, Cloud-Based Note Taking [iPhone, Android & Web]
My image   TreeViz – is a handy utility that allows users to create and interact with visualized data structures. At the moment, Treeviz remains experimental software. However, if the author gets a good response the project will become software – not just an experiment. Read more: TreeViz: A Simple Way To Visualize Data Structures
My image   Unshorten It – When you see a shortened URL online, you cannot figure out where it leads before actually clicking on it. This can lead to unexpected situations if you are clicking the links at work; at times it can even compromise your data since the link can lead to a malicious website. Here to help prevent that is a tool called Unshorten It. Read more: Unshorten It: Decode a Shortened Url & See Which Website it Leads To
My image   Sound Downloader – is a software tool that allows users to download music files from Soundcloud or YouTube. Unlike other software available online, SoundDownloader is easy to use and is thus a great choice for people who want to extract music files from YouTube or download songs they found interesting on Soundcloud. Read more: SoundDownloader: Download Music Files From Soundcloud & YouTube


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  1. Cameron Gray
    August 9, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I would like to say a huge "Thank You!" to MakeUseOf for promoting my application, Unshorten.It!

    It really helps me out!

  2. Will W
    August 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I like Evernote for notes, but Somnote looks like it's pretty cool too.

  3. Cristina Torrão
    August 8, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Sound Downloader seems a nice alternative to youtube downloader, since "Google Inc. doesn't want you to convert this video" happen...

  4. Lambvolution
    August 8, 2012 at 6:57 am

    is it legal to download music from youtube and soundcloud with sound downloader?

    • Tug Ricks
      August 8, 2012 at 8:26 am

      Great question. That's why I use Replay Music, as it doesn't download anything, it only records.

    • gcxtuga
      August 8, 2012 at 9:36 am

      I don't really think that is legal... But I am saying this, not knowing about copyright rights main conditions involved on YT.
      Maybe on SC are apllied some different terms.

      I prefer buying my songs... It´s legal :)

    • Aibek Esengulov
      August 8, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      I really depends on how the app operates. Depends primarily on whether it grabs the files directly from the source location (ex, Youtube server) or records it from your screen (or audio device) as it plays. The laws may vary between different countries as well.

      • Lambvolution
        August 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm

        it's gray area... like napster before

        same with @gcxtuga i prefer buy my music :)

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