Our Picks of iPad Media Apps and Content Available at Launch
So you’re getting an iPad, and you just don’t know where to begin with it, eh? Well, we’d recommend charging it and stuff, but after that, what then?
You know you want stuff to make your friends drool, and you want to impress the hell out of your neighbors, so you’re going to need to grab some content of various types. It shouldn't take long to realize that you'll go broke pretty quickly if you keep dropping $10 a book just to fill up your iBooks bookshelf, so you’re probably going to be looking for some other way to get a media fix.
We know how it is to not know where to start, and we want to help. So we’ve compiled a short list of some apps that will help make your shiny new toy even shinier. Search the app store for them, grab some cool new media, and it may just help to dull the pain when you get your credit card statement this month.
- Netflix: as previously reported, Netflix has released an iPad app, so you can start watching movies immediately. Of course, you need a Netflix account to stream movies, but you already have one. Don't you?
- ABC: We also mentioned that ABC has released ABC Player for iPad, so those of you with Desperate Housewives addictions can put down the booze: your fix is just a touch of the iPad away.
- CBS: CBS has also announced that they’ll be offering iPad content at launch. Content including clips from hit shows and a variety of technology content from CNET.com will be available immediately, with more coming soon. Until then, you'll at least get to see a little Two and a Half Men. On second thought, maybe you oughta pass on that one - no use being tempted to smash the damn thing already, right?
- Pandora: According to the Pandora blog, a brand new application will be released tomorrow in time for iPad deliveries, and it’s been built new from the ground up and takes full advantage of the touch interface. Awesomeness incarnate.
- CBS Radio: CBS announced that their new Radio.com app will be available to iPad users at iPad launch, offering streaming radio from CBS Radio and their partners, including Last.fm. It’s expected that users will get access to over 550 music, and 36 news, talk and sports channels.