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5 Youtube Apps And Software You Can Use To Enhance Your Viewing Experience

5 Youtube Apps And Software You Can Use To Enhance Your Viewing Experience

YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world after Google. Owned and operated by Google itself, YouTube is a video-sharing website where users can upload, view, comment, and rate videos.

Though YouTube is quite a user-friendly website with a great native app to allow users to use YouTube on mobile devices, there are still some restrictions for using YouTube. Because of this, users may require further facilitation beyond the basic viewing and rating of videos. That’s where the use of other apps come in.

Here are some apps, software, and websites that you can use to improve your YouTube viewing experience:

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MyTube

If you are an iPhone or iPad user, MyTube is a free app that can allow you to listen and download videos you watch on YouTube.

The app also allows you to listen the audio in the background. One of the most beneficial aspects of the app is that it can allow you to share videos on various social media sites with airplay support for iPhone too.

Tubemate

Tubemate for Android is a free third-party resource that allows you to download YouTube videos and to even download the sound in mp3 format. YouTube has recently introduced the feature of offline viewing, but it still does not allow you to download the videos and play them on any other device or app, which is where Tubemate comes in.

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This app is available on Android-only and it allows you to save YouTube videos on your phone’s SD Card, which also makes it easier to save storage on your device. If you’re looking for an all-in-one app that downloads YouTube video, TubeMate is one of the best free options available to you.

YTMP3

YTMP3 is a free YouTube converter where you can download any video as audio and also convert it to an mp3 format. Mp3 format has the advantage of being played on almost any device with most of the common playback apps available in the market.

This free online YouTube converter is a classic choice for all those music lovers out there who just want to listen to music compressed in smaller files that they can play anywhere and on any portable mp3 player or music-playing device of their choice.

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Adblock for YouTube

If you simply do not want to view the YouTube ads that run before, during, and sometimes after most videos you click on, Adblock for YouTube could be your nice and clean option to help you block ads in videos.

Adblock is a famous extension for the Chrome browser that blocks other pop-up ads around the web too. The great thing about this extension is the fact that it does not track your viewing history and without compromising your security or personal information because it is not transmitted to any third party app.

This option is only available to use on PC-based Chrome browsers and would not work on your mobile browsers, but it is essential when trying to enjoy viewing video content without interruption.

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Side player

If you like to watch videos while doing other work on your PC, this simple Chrome extension can allow you to do the same.

Side player actually creates a floating YouTube window within your web browser and you can resize or replace the video window anywhere within your browser. The good thing is you can easily watch videos while freeing up your screen to perform other tasks at the same time.

You can easily improve your overall YouTube viewing and listening experience by downloading and using free software. Just make sure you do not violate YouTube’s terms and conditions, as YouTube has placed some restrictions on the use of third party applications. Happy watching!

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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