When we talk about cool apps for iPod touch, we don’t necessarily need to restrict ourselves to music apps. There are a whole lot of apps out there which are categorized as ‘productivity apps’ and still considered cool.
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When the App Store was launched back in 2008, there were only 552 apps on offer. Today, you get to choose from more than a million apps.
A media player, PDA, and a Wi-Fi platform on the move; the iPod touch is loaded with all the features you have ever wanted with a whole lot of standard apps that come pre-installed with the device. These apps aside, there do exist other official apps which you can install on your iPod touch to add to your experience. While some of these apps come for free, others can cost you a few dollars.
Cool iPod Touch Apps
With thousands of apps to choose from, choosing the best is definitely a herculean task. These apps are broadly categorized into various categories, such as general apps, productivity apps, utility apps, apps for reading, bookmarks, social networking, and so on. Among the thousands of apps that are available at the App Store, there are some cool apps which will grab your attention from the word go.
Band of the Day (Free)
That you own an iPod touch in itself means you like music. But then, there are times when you tend to get bored listening to the same music (and same artists) again and again. If you know what we are saying, then the Band of the Day app is meant for you. This app from 955 Dreams ‘unearths a new artist every single day.’ You don’t just get to listen to something new, but also share it with other people. And there is also the archives section which can be explored using the calendar.
WolframAlpha (USD 2.99)
If its makers are to be believed, the WolframAlpha app is meant to fulfill your need of on-the-go computable knowledge, and it definitely lives up to the expectations. Right from elementary math to calculus and elements to fluid mechanics, this app puts everything at your fingertips. The next time you are looking for a particular formula or you want to convert USD to Euro, miles to meters, or pounds to ounces, you have to just reach for your iPod touch.
Pandora Radio (Free)
The list of best music apps can never be complete without two apps; the first is Pandora Radio and the second … we will leave it for later. As for Pandora Radio, it allows you to create up to 100 personalized stations which will only play the music that you like. The icing on the cake is the Pandora Premiers section, which gives you access to albums that are yet to hit the stores. Interestingly, you also get to set the alarm on this app and wake up to your favorite music station. Premium service is available in the form of Pandora One.
djay LE – The DJ App for iPhone (Free)
The djay LE app from algoriddim GmbH turns your iPod touch (or iPhone for that matter) into a full-fledged portable DJ system. The first thing you notice about this app is the slick interface―a typical algoriddim trait. Play with it for sometime and the next thing you will notice, is that the DJing experience is as close to the real stuff as it could get. To quote The New York Times, “Got a hidden scratch master inside of you? djay will serve beginners and experts.”
Dictionary.com Dictionary & Thesaurus (Free)
Your iPod touch is as good as a personal assistant and this app here, adds to its productivity. There are times when we come across words for the first time, having no idea as to what they mean. This is where the Dictionary.com comes to your rescue. It doesn’t just tell you what the word means, but also helps you with the pronunciation, provides examples of its use in sentences, etymology, and so on. And the best part about this app is that you don’t need to be online to use it.
Pocket: Save Articles and Videos to View Later (Free)
Talk of productivity, and there is yet another app that you would like to have on your iPod touch―especially if you frequently use the device to surf the web. We are talking about Read It Later Inc’s Pocket: Save Articles and Videos to View Later. As its name suggests, it simply stores content and allows you to access it later. You can access it from your phone, tablet, or computer. You don’t have to be online to use this app; it works just as fine offline as it does online.
So the second app which completes any given list of best music apps is Shazam. One doesn’t need an introduction to this app; it has been out there for quite some time now and has always been in the spotlight. You just have to play a track and Shazam will identify it for you and put forth all the details about it. If you don’t like being disturbed by advertisements, you can turn your attention to Shazam Encore―the premium offering from the developer.
Groove – Music Player & Smart Playlists (Free)
A music player that takes notes of your listening habits and organizes your music into playlists―that’s Groove – Music Player & Smart Playlists for you. Now that is as good as having a personal DJ playing the music for you. The process is continuous so your personalized lists keep on changing. In fact, Groove is your best bet if you have an exhaustive music collection. Additionally, it also beautifies your collection by adding pictures to it.
TuneIn Radio (Free)
TuneIn boasts of having the world’s largest collection of radio stations; over 100,000 if the makers are to be believed. Add to it the millions of podcasts they have to their credit, and things become all the more interesting. With the TuneIn Echo feature, you can share what you are listening to with your friends. If you don’t like distracting advertisements with your music, you can always go for the ad-free Pro version.
QuizUp is touted as the world’s biggest trivia game with 250,000 questions on 450 different topics to its credit. The topics range from sports and TV shows to books and music. You either play with other randomly selected users or ‘challenge’ your friends. The format is simple; you are asked a question and you have four options to choose from. The first six questions have 20 points, while the last question has 40 points. As new topics and questions are added all the time, the chances of you falling short of entertainment are as good as none.
If you think we missed out on a particular app which deserved a place in this list, you can always feel free to tell us. We will make it a point to enlist it in the list the next time we sit down to compile one.