The Great NicoSound site is gone but faith is still there..

Owari da! It’s over! The Great nicosound is now gone! This is no joke. A devastating to all nicosound users like me. I just visited the site today to download a very beautifully heart-braking song after a while and without even knew it, the page looks like this:

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I don’t understand it but I get the feeling this site has been shut down. And from a trustworthy source (I think), it states that:

I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but looks like Nicosound really is closing down for good. The site hasn’t been working these past few days because the server has been down, not because of copyright laws. So as long as the owner could afford to get the servers back up again, it would’ve been fine. However, the owner of the site made this tweet a few hours ago:

@ufreyr_ns:
ご迷惑をお掛けしております。
突然で申し訳ありませんが、諸事情によりサイトを閉鎖する事となりました。
勝手で恐縮ですが、今迄ご愛顧頂きまして、ありがとうございました。
Nico☆sound: I’m apologize for the inconvenience.
I’m sorry that it’s so sudden, but due to various reasons, I will be closing down the site.
Please excuse me for this selfish decision. Thank you so much for all of your continued support.

As you can see, they didn’t state specific reasons, but I would guess the main reason would have been affording to keep the servers up. The notice on the site about the copyright laws changing has been there for more than a year, at least, so it be a bit strange to only take effect now…

EDIT: Alternative that I’m using personally to download videos &mp3s. There may be better/more convenient programs or even sites that don’t require downloading a program, but just so you know it’s not the end of the world and you’ll never be able to download mp3s of your favorite songs ever again, there’s that. Sorry, I should’ve posted about some alternative earlier, but I was in a rush to just get the word about this out before I headed to school in the morning.Source

The summary is:

– The site is closed not because of the copyright, but the server is down.
– No specific reason is mentioned from the tweet.
– No more mp3s downloading using Nicosound.

And that, is it the end of the Nicosound user? Of course not.

Back to the basic, since the site is gone we have to find another similar site or alternative in order to get the mp3 from Nicovideo. What option do we have?

1. NicoFox
I stopped using it few months ago because I didn’t really like it. It was a good extension for those who want to download videos from Nicovideo but sometimes it sucks! However, since Nicosound is gone, I have to consider using it again and manually converts the video to mp3 using another software.

2. Houlo.com
Another Nico Nico mp3 converter. You have to install it to your computer and follow the steps. This is a good option until I found out that it is 7-days trial for free user. I don’t know if you can use it for unlimited period but I drop this option.

3. Craving Explorer
Never heard of it. The description is in Japanese and I spent some times to search the tutorial. You need to download the software. However, I drop this too because I didn’t understand how to use it. ^^’
You can read the tutorial from here on how to use this software.

4. Youtube
One of the best option. You can convert into mp3 using any software but sometimes, this option is limited to the song. You know that not all videos are available on Youtube and also considering the quality of the mp3, some of you might not choose this option.

5. Nicovideo
From Nicovideo itself. Some of you might know it but this is a new info I got while searching the option. Maybe I never aware that you can download mp3s from Nicovideo if the producer or uploader provide the mp3 of the song.

ns1Go to the ‘TV’-like button on the right side. I denoted it with an arrow. Click the button and it will expands.

ns2Go to the Music download. Another window will open and wait until it starts downloading. Close the window after that. This is the best option so far as you can directly download it from Nicovideo without any worries. But, keep in mind that you need to have Nicovideo account and also the mp3 is up to the producer whether they want to provide it or not.

I don’t know if there is any option aside those I mentioned. Anyway, I wish that someone will make another site that is similar to the Nicosound and pray that the site will return as usual. I really love Nicosound because it is my no 1 vocaloid mp3 provider.

Nicosound, thank you for being existed.

Update:
1. You can also download mp3s from Piapro. Please refer my post on how to register an account and download from Piapro.
2. Nicomimi is another reliable website to convert to any videos on NND to mp3. Credit to Luis Silva for the information.

16 thoughts on “The Great NicoSound site is gone but faith is still there..

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  2. Maybe it’s just me but it seems like there is a lot less that you can download with this new system =\ . Songs that I could previously download with Nicosound are no longer available for download. It’s disappointing.

  3. There’s also a nice extension for Chrome users (like me~) and it’s called NicoNico Audio Extractor and it works great!

  4. There’s an application for iPhone-users called NicoBox. It’s a really neat application, and you can easily download songs from niconico. I recommend you to check it out :3

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