10 essential entertainment apps for iOS

iOS devices have long enjoyed the richest app ecosystem around, with nearly 1 million applications available in all. Even if 90% of them were rubbish, that would still leave roughly 100,000 worthwhile ones.

With so many apps in the store it can be easy for some to get buried and ironically, it can actually make it harder to find the apps you're looking for.

With that in mind, turning your iPhone or iPad into an entertainment and media hub can be hard work. But it needn't be - just grab these 10 essential apps and your entertainment needs should be covered.

1. Crackle (free)


Crackle is a godsend for movie lovers. Like Quickflix, it's a streaming service with hundreds of films and TV shows available on demand.

Unlike Quickflix, it's totally free of charge. The app's free and there's no subscription fee.

How does it manage this? Well, it's ad supported, so that's something you'll have to put up with.

Its selection isn't great, though, as it consists mostly of older films alongside those that no one has ever heard of (Shakes the Clown anyone?).

But it has a reasonably large collection and even has a few original shows, such as Woke Up Dead and Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Plus did we mention it's free?

2. TuneIn Radio (free)

While many phones come with a built in FM radio, the iPhone surprisingly doesn't.

That's not too much of a problem though, as while FM radio is off the table, there are many digital radio apps available to download from the App Store.

The best of these is probably TuneIn Radio. It has over 70,000 live radio stations spanning the globe and covering just about every music genre, as well as sports, news, talk and comedy.

So whatever your mood, you should be able to find something to listen to.

3. SoundCloud (free)


SoundCloud is a community for audio creation and discovery. The focus is arguably on music, giving you the ability to follow both professional and amateur musicians and listen to any new music they post.

However, you can also listen to other audio streams that users have uploaded, such as news and comedy shows.

You can favourite things that you want to listen to again or search for specific audio streams, some of which can't be found anywhere else.

Listening to content is only half the story though, as if you're so inclined, you can also upload your own music or other audio content, unleashing it into an unsuspecting world.

4. Procreate ($6.49)

Music and video isn't all there is to entertainment. For anyone with an artist's soul, Procreate is absolutely essential.

It's an incredibly feature rich painting and drawing app, as with 120 different brushes, up to 128 layers per image, custom canvas sizes and the ability to create and alter brushes, there are very few limits on the images you can create with it.


Add to that a slick, smooth interface that's minimalist and easy to learn, and you have a sublime portable art app. Plus, it continuously auto saves and has Dropbox integration to ensure you never lose your artwork and can easily get it off your iPad.

5. Foxtel Go

Foxtel Go is great if you have a Foxtel subscription but find yourself not at home long enough to actually enjoy the service.

Foxtel Go

Currently it has 59 live channels and over 50 channels for on demand catch up viewing, including Disney, National Geographic, Channel V, Fox8, SoHo, Lifestyle, Speed and a handful of sports channels.

The app is for free, but you will need a fixed Foxtel subscription. The app will also allow you to set recordings for a show to be activated on your set-top box.

Keep in mind that Foxtel has a streaming service called Foxtel Presto and an updated set-top box coming soon, both which may end up being further integrated with the Go app as well.