When you are an iPod owner, you have probably been shelling out some cash in order to buy apps you can use in your devices.
Plenty of app developing companies cash in on iPod, iPhone and iPad users who are willing to download their apps for a fee. From time to time though, a developing company would willingly offer its application for free especially if they just want to know what turn-out it will generate among their customers.
Free apps for your iPod Touch will help you take full advantage of your new media device, without having to pay an extra cent. An Apple product is already a hefty investment in itself, after all, so why end up paying more? All of the applications you need to stay connected, and to simply entertain yourself, also happen to be free of charge. With all these apps at your disposal, you may end up wondering why they charge money for other apps in the first place.
The best free apps for your iPod Touch, arranged by category:
Even the dumbest of smart phones will have the capacity for social networking programs to function. While not a smart phone, the iPod Touch remains to be a very powerful internet-enabled media device, so it only seems natural that social networking apps will be available for it.
1.- Facebook - The biggest social networking website with over 500 million users now has its own free utility for the iPod Touch exclusive to Apple users. Now the gold standard of social networking websites, the Facebook iOS app went through two iterations before coming out with a more stable and successful third. It now comes in an intuitive grid-based interface not unlike the iOS GUI, making it much more preferable to browsing Facebook in the built-in browser.
2.- Twitter - Formerly called “Tweetie,” this app allows seamless integration and usage with your own twitter account. A polished user interface, flexible account and settings options, and support for multiple accounts make this free app a must for social network addicts.
3.- Tumblr - Now one of the most popular blogging sites in the world, Tumblr simplifies the act of blogging even more with their iPod application. Users can share photos, videos, audio, links and text much like they would on a desktop, and can view recent updates from followed users.
With an improved screen, the iPod Touch can almost stand up to it’s larger counterpart, the iPad, in terms of text readability. Being able to view pictures is also a plus with a device that has such a nice screen, so reading comics can also be a great thing to do on the iPod Touch.
1.- Wikipanion – While Wikipedia has also been optimized for use on the iPhone and iPod Touch, Wikipanion takes it one step further, making Wikipedia into its own useful application. Users are given quick access to articles through easy searches, and can even bookmark their pages. Wikipedia is also made ad-free, and users can even share articles through Twitter.
2.- Kindle – Now, users won’t have to spend money on a separate device to read eBooks. Coming in its own iPod Touch app, users may still have to buy iBooks separately, but the app itself is free, providing users with a good starting point before making a real investment.
3.- Marvel Comics – This is another free application in itself, but may require the user to buy the content to go with it. However, users are treated to high-resolution renditions of their favorite superheroes with this one. Purchased comics can even be read on larger iDevices such as the iPad.
4.- Dictionary.com – Not just a dictionary, but a thesaurus too! With millions of word definitions and almost 100,000 synonyms, you will be able to improve your vocabulary with your iPod Touch. Audio translations can also provide users with phonetic translations.
A responsive and intuitive Touch screen makes the iPod Touch something you can use to unleash your creative side. Luckily, the iOS is home to many different kinds of creative applications that are bound to let you express yourself with your fingertips.
1.- Adobe Photoshop Express – While you won’t get the same power you would with a desktop version of Photoshop, the Express version should give you ample entertainment and flexibility while on your iPod Touch. Users are able to apply color effects, adjust exposure, crop pictures and more.
2.- Instagram – Now used by millions to add visual Touches to their photos, Instagram is an easy app to spice up your camera with. Users can apply filters to photos, and even upload them directly to the internet with.
3.- Evernote – Ever have the sudden need to take down notes, or make accurate scans of your documents? Evernote allows users to make notes with an iPod Touch, or snap pictures, and be able to store them online for future reference.
4.- Virtuoso Piano – Wannabe pianists, or real musicians for that matter, may get a kick out of the Virtuoso Piano for the iPod Touch. A set of buttons even allow you to navigate the full expanse of the keyboard, while flexible settings enable users to adjust sustain.
Media & Entertainment
Since the iPod Touch is an internet-enabled device, users can access their favorite tunes, music and videos much easier than ever before.
1.- TuneIn Radio – As internet radio gains popularity, more and more portable devices are taking advantage of this new technology over traditional AM and FM radio. TuneIn allows users to access over 50,000 internet radio stations, and can even act as an alarm clock.
2.- Phone Story – This free game offers users a chance to see the dark side of smart phones and portable devices. Players are taken through the entire process of smart phone production, from the harvesting of raw materials to the labor it takes to create them. Phone Story may be banned from the App Store, but can be used in the iPod Touch for free through jailbreaking.
3.- Top 100s by Year by Bing - If you are a music lover then this one is perfect for you. Powered by Bing, this free application for iPod Touch lets you relive and listen to the music from a year ago or ten. You can browse through the songs that hit the billboard chart and relive them again.
4.- NY Times - Be up to date with current events from all around the world by using this free app for iPod touch offered by on of the most trusted newspapers in the world.
1.- The Simpsons – One of the world’s most famous cartoon families is now downloadable in your iPod Touch devices, for free! Beat the bad guys using Homer, Bart, Marge, Lisa or Maggie. Laugh and enjoy this one of a kind game without shelling out anything from your pockets.
2.- Tap Tap Revenge 1 & 2 – Also available in the iPhone, this iPod games series is similar to the widely popular Guitar Hero franchise. You can dance to the beat of the current hits from Lady Gaga or Coldplay. Dance with your fingertips and enjoy listening to the current hits of the day.
3.- Tic Tac Toe - Like the name says, it’s the classic tic-tac toe game for the iPod touch. You can download this free iPod Touch game and play it at your own free time.
4.- Sol Free Solitaire – Another classic game you can have for free on your iPod Touch. While your time away with this game that you can play on your own even without a playmate.
5.- Brain Toot - Also widely popular among free games supporters is the amusing Brain Toot Free app. Test your smarts with four different games that will see whether you have enough stock knowledge in that noggin. This program will test your brain’s memory, visual, logic and math skills while still having fun.