30 Must-Have iPad Apps for New Owners

Things to put on your iPad if you get one as a holiday gift

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So, you’ve received an iPad for the holidays, or are planning to get one or buy one. Now that you have the device, the next big decision you need to make is, “What do I put on this thing?” With thousands of apps to choose from, figuring out which ones will truly make the device as magical as Steve Jobs says it is could become a daunting task.

Luckily, the editors here at IDG Enterprise are willing to help. We’ve compiled a list of 30 Must-Have iPad Apps for New Owners. Having tried and sampled many iPad apps in the past seven months, we are sure that these 30 apps will get you well on your way to enjoying your new iPad. Note: Prices were as of Nov. 4, 2010. Apps can change their prices on a moment's notice.

(Free): The must-have audio streaming service for the iPad – the app lets you access your Pandora account and stream all of your stations, or you can choose from Pandora’s pre-selected station depending on your mood.

1. Pandora Radio

2. Amazon Kindle (Free): Sure, the iBooks app from Apple that you can download for free is good, but the Kindle app from Amazon has a greater selection of books available for download.

3. Netflix (Free): We’re assuming that you have a Netflix account – if you don’t, run out and get one, and then access your Instant Queue via the iPad. Easy to use and access thousands of TV and movie choices from Netflix.

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