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Music, books, and gaming

Music and books

Scribd

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Avid readers will love Scribd, a Netflix-like subscription app that puts millions of ebooks, comic books, and audiobooks at your fingertips for just $9 a month. It has all the big titles, including the entire Game of Thrones series and scores of bestsellers. Graphic novels and comics look graet on the iPad, and so do regular ebooks. Scribd gives you recommendations based on your library, too.

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Pocket Casts

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Apple’s own podcasts app wasn’t so well received, which sent us on a hunt for a better option. Pocket Casts is our favorite podcast app thanks to its design and great options.

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Stitcher Radio

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Stitcher Radio is a bit like the Pandora of talk shows. Tell it your favorite podcasts and shows and it’ll put together a playlist of those plus others it thinks you’ll enjoy as well.

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Spotify

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No music streaming service is more popular or offers more music than Spotify. Listen to all of your favorite songs on the go. A subscription to Spotify Premium is $10 a month.

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Pandora Radio

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Everyone is plenty familiar with Pandora at this point, and it’s still a must-have app for music lovers. No other option matches Pandora for new music discovery tools.

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iStopMotion ($10)

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The iPad is equally great for watching movies as it is for making them. Create your own animated films and time lapse clips with this powerful app that captures footage frame by frame.

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Traktor DJ ($10)

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There’s plenty of ways to listen to music on iPad, but if you want to mix your own, you need Traktor DJ. It’s the easiest way to get the same effects as a real DJ without needing your own turntable.

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GarageBand ($5)

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GarageBand is Apple’s own product, but it’s really a must own for any music lover. It turns your iPad into your ultimate digital amp and even if you’re not a capable musician, it’s a blast to mess around with the virtual instruments.

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Audible

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You can easily read a book on a tablet, but why do that when you can have someone else read it to you? Audible, an Amazon company, has a massive library of audio books to choose from.

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Kindle

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You may have chosen the iPad over a Kindle tablet, but you can still enjoy the Kindle app. It gives access to Amazon’s huge selection of books that can be downloaded and read anywhere.

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iBooks

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This is a no-brainer app since you already have an Apple device, but Apple’s own book shop is still a solid option. Purchases sync to your account and can be viewed on any Apple device.

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ComiXology

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Who says books can’t have pictures? Some of the best stories out there exist in graphic form, and you can read them on your iPad with Comics. The app allows you to read purchases on your ComiXology account from anywhere.

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Gaming

SimCity BuildIt

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Sim City BuildIt has been around on iOS for a while, and although it’s playable on the iPhone, it has always been more enjoyable on the iPad. The bigger the screen, the better — Particularly because the game’s control system is all about pinching, zooming, and rotating highly detailed 3D buildings. This is an EA title and it’s free to download, which means there are also plenty of in-app purchases. If you don’t mind, there’s fun to be had inside this version of Sim City.

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Infinity Blade III ($0.99)

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Apple always turns to the Infinity Blade series to show off what its tablet is capable of, and for good reason. The fighting game with epic boss fights always looks amazing.

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Limbo ($5.94)

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For an odd game, check out Limbo. It’s eery, a little scary, and stunningly beautiful despite its black and white color palette. Filled with tough puzzles and challenges.

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Bastion ($0.99)

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A hit from the indie gaming world made its way to the iPad and the experience is just as great. An action RPG with amazing visuals and an enthralling story.

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Monument Valley ($3.99)

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Some games are about offering an intense environment and difficult challenges. Then there’s Monument Valley. It’s an extraordinarily pleasant game with beautiful visuals, relaxing puzzles, and an odd retro vibe.

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The Room Two ($1.99)

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Things are going to get a little creepy and odd once you enter the Room. It’s a game full of ambiance and intrigue. The Gameplay consists of puzzling and intricate machines that you interact with through intuitive touch controls.

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

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Blizzard Entertainment’s popular trading card game is perfectly suited for the iPad. Players can collect cards, build decks, and duel opponents, using simple touch gestures to perform every task. The game is free to play, too, and players can acquire new packs of cards by completing quests or spending money.

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