It's that time of year - Top 10 Lists galore. So, I will play along and offer a few reflections on the year that was 2010 with a list related to the top gadget of the year, the iPad. The device itself debuted to great success, but as with all hardware and software relationships, you can't have one without the other. Thus, here are ten apps that I've used extensively throughout the year, with the best part of all being that they are free.
The online music streaming application is a must for me. I actually listen to mixes more often than my music collection with the hopes of discovering new artists and new sounds. Although early versions seemed to have fewer ads, the addition of multitasking to iOS 4 allows iPad users to stream in the background while enjoying one of the other apps listed below.
I use each of these for different reasons, but both apps have earned a spot on my iPad's front page. Epicurious provides an excellent search interface and lists ingredients and the recipe side by side in landscape mode. Pictures when available are bright and vibrant, and reviews are accessible from within the recipe. Similarly, AllRecipes provides a bounty of features, including ingredient, method, and course filtered searches. There is a pro version available for $4.99 that unlocks more recipes and more options. AllRecipes gets a slight edge in that there is a timer and a better UI when you begin cooking. Still, I tend to find more refined recipes including those from Bon Appetit and Gourmet magazine in Epicurious.
One of the first apps I downloaded to the iPad, Apple's Remote application remains a cool and unique way to control a shared iTunes library, and with Apple TV recently released, the 2.0 version allows you to use gestures to navigate through menus much more effectively then with the small, thin, slivery remote that comes with ATV.