Songbeat is a desktop music search, play and download software using Seeqpod technology. It scans the Internet for songs, stores information in its database and provides the user with fast working results once a search is initiated. The program could not be easier to use. Just enter an artist and results are displayed after several seconds.
Each result occupies two rows displaying the artist name, song name and the options to Play and to Download the song. Songs are downloaded pretty fast, much faster actually than from P2P networks, because those downloads are coming right from websites who tend to deliver faster speeds normally.
The basic version of Songbeat is free and does not seem to have download limitations. The FAQ however did mention that the free version can be used to test the download function which seems to imply some sort of restrictions. If you encounter any let me know. Songbeat Basic is ad based which is not such a big problem, the ads are not that obtrusive.
I have not found a way to change the default saving directory which is the My Music directory in Documents & Settings because there are apparently no options available.
Update: Songbeat is no more. When you try to open the website you are presented with a parked domain and a lot of ads. I have removed the links that point to the site as a consequence.
If you are looking for a great place to listen to music I suggest you try either Spotify or Rdio. Both require you to create an account first, but the basic accounts are free. While you may hear the occasional advertisement while listening to music, it is nothing that is too problematic at the time of writing.
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