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If you listen to music while you use your PC and browse the web, and you're tired of switching between your browser and your music player, you'll want the free FoxyTunes (download it here). It lets you control your music player directly from your browser (whether Firefox or Internet Explorer) via a small, discreet toolbar at the lower-right part of your screen. It has all the controls you'd expect, within easy reach. A nice touch is that if your music player clutters your screen, you can tell FoxyTunes to hide the player; you'll still be able to control it through FoxyTunes. The tool also displays the name of the currently playing song, along with album pictures from the web, if available.
One nifty extra: the software works with the web-based Yahoo Media Player to play music found on a web page, as a playlist. In addition, it integrates with the FoxyTunes Planet site - when you click an icon, you see a page that displays information about the song currently playing, including the lyrics.
Zune Media Player
All the world seems to be hooked on iPods and iTunes, but here's a secret: Microsoft has a very good media player as well. And you don't need to own and use a Zune device if you want to use the Zune Media Player (grab it here), which - like iTunes - handles audio and video files.
It has everything you'd expect in a full-featured media player, including multiple ways to manage your library, as well as the capability to create playlists and rip and burn music. Most interesting, though, are some of its more advanced features. For example, you can participate in what's called the Zune Social Community, and get in touch with other users of the Zune device and Zune Media Player. You'll be able to recommend music and videos, and get other folks' suggestions as well.
The software is free. If you like, though, you can pay $15 (£9) per month to download and stream unlimited songs from the Zune Marketplace, an associated online music and video store.
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