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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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iTunes

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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iTunes

TuneIn Radio

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With its new version, TuneIn just reinvented the Live Radio and podcasting app. The new TuneIn has built-in social elements like Spotify.

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iTunes

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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iTunes

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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iTunes

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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iTunes

Shazam

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If you can’t put a finger on the song that you’re listening to, or you hear a catchy tune on a commercial and want to log it, use Shazam to figure out what’s playing.

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iTunes

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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iTunes

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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iTunes

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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iTunes

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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iTunes

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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iTunes

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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iTunes

Comics

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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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iTunes

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