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Springpad: Fun & Intelligent Notes

Springpad is a free web and mobile app that serves as a destination for all thoughts, tasks and things. It’s available anywhere through the web and is as refined as a Mac desktop app. Add notes, tasks or items, such as products, places, movies, restaurants, recipes and wines. Springpad supports plenty of different items, giving depth to their service.

Type in tasks to have them appear, or look up items across external services like Amazon and IMDB. You’re not limited to a text field either; if you want to save a book while browsing in a bookstore, just snap the ISBN barcode using your phone’s camera. You can also attach notes and files to anything you save.

Items that you save are already grouped by type, so things like recipes, movies and events stay separate. But if you tag your posts, Springpad will group items into specific projects. This way, you can group albums, recipes and gifts together when planning a holiday party, or wines, locations and to-dos when planning a trip. Each notebook includes a board, which works like a light board or scrapbook and lets you arrange items on your screen.

Springpad works in web browsers, and they built sophisticated iPhone, iPad and Android apps to complement. A web browser extension drops Springpad into your toolbar, allowing you to save items on your current webpage without interrupting your browsing session.

Alerts show your tasks and also recommend deals based on your saved items. Springpad likely earns a commission off these sales, but they appear unobtrusive and targeted, so we have no concerns.

MOUGG: Your Music, Anywhere

There was a time when we didn’t consider a 150MB MP3 player the norm (we’re looking at you, iTunes). It’s become the cornerstone of our media, but it’s bulky. Sometimes we just want to listen to our music, anywhere.

MOUGG lifts your music off your desktop and drops it in the cloud. From there, use your web browser to play your music. The interface is dead simple, like a brighter iTunes. Build a few playlists and you’ll find yourself right where you left off. Your music, playlists, even album art, are included.

The service gives 1GB of free storage, which is enough to try MOUGG and more than enough to get you through a work day.

It’s clear where MOUGG is headed. All music in the cloud, an HTML web app, lack of Flash, mobile compatible; MOUGG is a free music service designed for the iPhone. And it works on the iPhone. Well, not without quirks. After all, it’s not optimized for the device, as you still use the web interface, and your MP3 files awkwardly play in a QuickTime player. But it demonstrates a proof of concept, so let’s not lose sight of that. There’s an Android app, too.

MOUGG is instantly addictive. After a just a few minutes of use, you’ll forget about Pandora and Slacker Radio and go back to listening to your own music. Once they give the ability to add more storage, MOUGG is sure to be a killer.