Of the hundreds of apps that I have on my phone, and the dozens of new ones I try every week, there are just a few that I actually use when I’m driving. No, I don’t have a death wish. These are apps that actually get me where I’m going more quickly, more economically, and more happily than if I didn’t use them.
My car has a radio, but I almost never use it. You don’t have to either. If you commute in an area with good cellular coverage, you can get better music and entertainment from your smartphone. I use Spotify for music. It plays my playlists when I want to know what I’m going to get, or I can put it in “Radio” mode to have it play songs it thinks I’ll like based on the ones I already do.
With the paid version of Spotify, $10 a month, you can also download songs to play them when you don’t have a signal. Get Spotify.
And for my talk show fix, I play podcasts. With Stitcher, I subscribe to podcasts I like so I always have something thought-provoking to listen to on a tedious commute. There’s also a car mode in the app with big onscreen buttons, which is safer if you want to control it when you’re on the move (not that I would recommend that).
Stitcher is free. Go to Stitcher.com.
I also listen to books in the car, with an Audible subscription. Although it’s expensive, with plans starting at $14.95 a month, it’s the easiest way to stay current with the books that everyone is reading. Or just to catch up on classics when you’re on the road.