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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 February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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