Great Windows Phone Apps for Wasting Time

Not only can our smartphones be fantastic tools for business and productivity, they’re great for just wasting time watching video, listening to music and playing games. Back in October, Ben Clark looked at the best of Windows Phone gaming and today we’re going to continue that theme on by looking at some great music and video apps to kill your time (and productivity).

YouTube

YouTube

Everyone’s favourite video sharing network, YouTube, hosts a diverse catalogue of content from random videos of people’s cats to lectures and educational material from leading universities. Chances are there’s something for you to waste your time watching on YouTube, productive or not.

Unfortunately, this app seems to just be a browser link to YouTube, but it’s still a useful addition allowing you to acces the service with speed.

Price: Free
Developer: Microsoft Corporation

iHeartRadio

iHeartRadio

The iHeartRadio app for Windows Phone allows you to access the service’s wide range of hosted radio stations, and stream them through your phone. Plus, with Mango, users can stream audio in the background while performing other tasks on their device.

If you’re wasting time somewhere with weak, or a lack of, internet connection, the offline mode allows you listen to podcasts without being connected to a network.

Price: Free
Developer: Clear Channel Radio Digital

Spotify

Spotify

The Spotify app on Windows Phone allows you to access the service’s library of available tracks and listen to them on the go if you hold a premium subscription. With offline playlists, you can even take your music on the go without relying on a strong internet connection.

If you don’t have a Spotify Premium subscription, you can get a free 48-hour trial right within the app.

Price: Free
Developer: Spotify Ltd.

Netflix

Netflix

Netflix is a pretty big service, hosting a large catalogue of films and TV shows. Although the library is quite small here in the UK, I’ve been using it exclusively through mobile apps.

The official Netflix app on Windows Phone allows you to start streaming content right on your device, but also pick up on video that you started watching elsewhere so wasting time finishing off that film you started watching yesterday is super easy.

Price: Free
Developer: Netflix, Inc.

VEVO

VEVO

This Windows Phone app offers up access to VEVO’s extensive library of music videos. Instead of just listening to music, you can actually see its accompanying video!

The app features access to VEVO’s library of 25,000 music videos, organised in a number of ways that make discovering content super easy.

Price: Free
Developer: VEVO LLC

Last.fm

Last.fm

Last.fm is a music recommendation service that’s became popular with Windows Phone users thanks to it’s native app. Last.fm builds up a profile of a user by tracking what they listen to on their devices or on internet radio stations, and recommends new music based on that information.

Price: Free
Developer: Microsoft Corporation

Rdio

Rdio

Rdio is a music subscription service, and the official Windows Phone app allows you to play any one of the more than 10 million songs in the Rdio library. Plus, the app allows you to sync music to be listened to whenever you haven’t got an internet connection.

Price: Free
Developer: Rdio

iLOL’d

Taking a break from the music and video category, iLOL’d is an interesting app. iLOL’d aggregates content from a number of humour-based blogs including Damn You Autocorrect, Why, Siri, Why? and Work LOLs.

Users are able to view the various images from the supported sites, and easily share them with friends through Facebook, Twitter, SMS or email.

Also consider the developer’s other app, Damn You, Autocorrect, dedicated to autocorrect fails. (Pretty ironic, considering all the fails are in iPhone or iPhone-lookalike screenshots).

Price: Free
Developer: crazy-hot solutions

Rhapsody

Rhapsody

We’ve covered quite a few music subscription services in this roundup but, don’t worry, there’s another. Rhapsody is a music subscription service with a library of over 13 million tracks, organised by new releases, staff picks and as part of Rhapsody Radio, a feature that mixes music from an artist, genre or theme.

Price: Free
Developer: Rhapsody International Inc

MSN Video

MSN Video

Segueing from music to video, MSN Video is a Windows Phone application that taps into the service of the same name to bring content from over 40 providers including Animal Planet, CNBC, MSNBC, FOX Sports and Howcast.

MSN Video offers up a curated video discovery experience, organising content into categories like lifestyle and celebrity so you can jump into some content the next time you’ve got too little to do.

Price: Free
Developer: Microsoft Corporation

Vimeo

Vimeo

Like YouTube, the Vimeo app for Windows Phone brings access to the video sharing network to your smartphone. However, unlike the YouTube app we featured in this roundup, this is not a shortcut. Instead, it’s a full on native experience complete with viewing, commenting, search and editing functionality.

If you’re wasting your time shooting video, the Vimeo app allows you to easily upload footage in HD without needing access to a traditional computer.

Price: Free
Developer: Vimeo

Rage Comics

Rage Comics

Rage Comics can be hilarious and a fantastic way of wasting time. In fact, just in the past few weeks, I’ve become distracted a lot by reading them so only read on if you’re willing to have your productivity severed.

The Rage Comics app also has what it calls “advanced comptuer vision techniques” that automagically divides up a comic into panels for easier reading on your phone’s smaller screen.

Price: Free
Developer: Alberto Garcia

theChive

theChive

theChive app for Windows Phone brings the website’s library of photos to your smartphone for your time-wasting pleasure.

Now, you can enjoy Cat Saturday on the go!

Price: Free
Developer: Full Revolution, Inc.

TED

TED

We end this roundup with an app that’s a touch more intellectual than cat pictures and rage comics.

The TED app provides access to the Technology, Entertainment and Design conferences in both video and audio, right on your smartphone. Additionally, the app allows you to consume TED blogs as well as share your favoruites with others.

Price: Free
Developer: lgrpg

From music streaming to photo collections, hopefully one of these apps will help waste your time and damage your productivity. If you’ve got a favourite we haven’t mentioned, be sure to share it in the comments!