The iTunes App Store can be quite daunting when you don’t know what you’re looking to add to your iPod Touch. Currently, there are over 500,000 apps. They span range from the niche apps like calculating your blood alcohol content after a night of drinking to full on games. For every request there are dozens of apps that offer similar features. Which ones belong on your Touch?
We’ve scoured the App Store and picked out a handful of our favorites for you to try out. We’ve tested our Touches and solicited friends and coworkers for their picks.
You’ll note that we didn’t include any games on this list. We’ve also compiled a list our picks for the Best iPod Touch Games. This list is more about lifestyle and utility apps like UrbanSpoon or ESPN ScoreCenter
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ESPN ScoreCenter (Free)
You never know when you won’t be able to see the big game. ESPN’s free ScoreCenter app makes sure you know the score and stats for as many games as you desire. The app is well designed and allows you to enter which sports you want to follow. Page between the various categories with a flick of your thumb. Check your favorite teams on each individual sport’s page, with the most recent or ongoing games at the top. Clicking on a game gives you a summary, additional stats and other details. Sports fans can’t go wrong here.
Yeah, it takes some of the legwork out of actually plotting a map, but for casual or first time geocachers this app is great. Fire it up to find nearby caches, read the details and drop a pin on the map then get to searching. You can post field notes to help others from the Touch. It’s great for some on the fly caching when you’re taking a stroll through the city or hiking in a park.
Solve the age-old question of “Where do you want go tonight?” with UrbanSpoon. The shake options allows you to set some specifics for a type of restaurant (genre, price range, and neighborhood), then you shake the phone and it scrolls to a place. If you’re not in the chance mood, there is a bare bones search method for browsing nearby establishments.
Catch up on your queue with the free Netflix app. Nicely, it works over Wi-Fi and loads pretty quickly. The picture quality on the iPod is great. You’ll have no more excuses for not being caught up on Breaking Bad. *While the app is free you will need a Netflix subscription to access content.
Pocket Informant ($12.99)
Okay, right off we know that not everyone needs the micromanagement that this app allows, but if you do it’s pretty much perfect. It’s a calendar and to-do list merged into a powerful scheduling and task management app. You can sync with Google Calendar which allows appointments to be added and modified from a PC and then displayed on the Touch.
Sometimes the music on your Touch just won’t cut it and you’ll want to hear something fresh. That’s where the free Pandora app steps in. Pandora’s app mimics Pandora.com by spinning one artist or song into a never-ending playlist of similar tunes. Love a song? Vote it up. Hate it? Down vote. Of course, you’ll need Wi-fi access to make it work, but it’s worth it.
Skip the lines at the movie theater and head straight to the concession stand (or your seat) with the Fandango app. You can buy your tickets online and show the screen to the ticket taker. You can also view trailers, find theaters close to you and look up showtimes.
AllRecipes Dinner Spinner (Free)
There are days when you stare into the fridge or pantry and nothing looks good. Perhaps you’re at the grocery store thinking about dinner but not sure what you want. The AllRecipes’ Dinner Spinner taps the AllRecipes site for their bevy recipes. Pick a course, a main ingredient and a prep time and the Spinner finds dozens of potential meal options for you to try.
The Weather Channel (Free)
The Weather Channel’s app has a simple interface that makes it painless to view the current, hourly, 36-hour and 10-day forecasts. The app also lets you view accurate weather maps superimposed over the Google Maps interface. Zoom in as far as you’d like and animate the radar data. There are some advertisements that feel a bit cluttered but the app is free so it’s not a big loss.
iHandy Flashlight Free (Free)
Every list needs a silly option and the iHandy Flashlight is both silly and surprisingly usable. Yes, it turns your Touch into a flashlight but it comes with plenty of fun options. It offers everything from neon signs and spiral lights to glow sticks. The app even comes with S.O.S. and emergency options for more serious situations.
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