Songbird Desktop is a free tool for managing your music collection, but also includes features for streaming content around the house and letting you connect with friends and artists.
CloudMagic's search service now has the ability to integrate personal search result's with Google's global Web searches. It's more useful than ever, but that comes at a price, as the company is now charging $5 per month for a Pro account.
MP3 Rocket is a free application that converts videos into MP3s. It's easy to use, free, and offers a slick way to convert videos for later listening.
If you're looking for an inexpensive program that will help you create a simple poster or flyer, Poster will meet your needs, provided you can overlook its unattractive interface. If your needs are more sophisticated, though, this bare-bones tool is likely not the one for you.
Poster Designer is an attractive and easy-to-use tool for designing and printing posters. It lacks some of the refinements found on high-end business tools, but does offer plenty of fun for home users.
CopyTrans lets you manage your iPhone or iPad , backing up its contents to your PC or syncing various iTunes libraries. At $20, it's not cheap, though.
For the price, CopyTrans Photos should make it a lot easier to import new photos from your phone to your computer.
CopyTrans TuneSwift offers an easy (if time-consuming) way)to back up, transfer, or restore your iTunes library. At $15, though, this program isn't exactly cheap.
Mobiledit is a comprehensive set of tools for managing your phone from your computer. It works with a variety of handsets and is easy to use, but it's also on the expensive side.
iCloner offers a neat and easy way to backup your iPod and restores its contents when necessary. But this application is pricey, and its restorations are all or nothing. So is your chance to get it; it'll be gone soon.
Roozz is a cloud-based service that allows you to rent select software titles as you need them. It's slick and easy to use, but the selection of titles is somewhat limited.
DivX Plus Software works well as a desktop media player, but does much more than that. It handles video conversion and file transfers with ease, and works as a DLNA server, too.
Unroll.me shows promise in bringing order to your email, but this beta is still a bit rough around the edges. It works on Gmail, Google Apps, and Yahoo mail.
Experian, best known for issuing credit reports, fights identify theft with this service. It requires investment of both time and money ($16 per month).
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