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6 apps to use on your commute to work

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Whether you’re on the hunt for a new game, wanting to listen to your favourite book or looking for ways to get a head start on your day, we’ve found 6 apps to help pass the time on your commute to work.


1. Games – Candy Crush 


Although it might seem like an obvious choice, who doesn’t love a classic smartphone game? While Candy Crush was released back in 2012, the addictive candy-matching puzzle game is still one of the most popular iOS games of all time, according to App Annie.


If you’ve never played, the objective of the game is to switch and match coloured candies to progress to the next level and win in-game prizes. It’s free to download the app, although can also enable in-app purchases to win more lives and even sync the app with your Facebook profile to compete against your friends.


You can download Candy Crush from the App Store or Google Play Store.


2. News  - Flipboard


If you’d prefer to spend your time catching up on news, Flipboard aggregates a variety of sources to tailor news to your interests. The stylish layout is easy to navigate and gives you access to what becomes your own personal news magazine.


Not only can you follow topics or key words, but you can also be selective as to which news type or provider you’re seeing content from. If it pulls up something you aren’t a fan of, you can teach the app to show “less like this” and more of the news you’re actually interested in.


Flipboard is available for both Apple and Android devices.


3. Music – Spotify


For die-hard music fans, Spotify is a must have for listening to music on your work commute. Spotify not only allows you to listen to your favourite albums, but also gives you the option to create your own playlists, listen to other people’s playlists and much more.


Plus, for $11.99 a month (or $5.99 for students) you can download all your favourite tracks directly to the app, allowing you to listen to music offline and cutting out the commercials between tunes.


Spotify is also available from the Google Play Store or App Store.


4. Podcast – Audible


Audible allows you to stream a number of audiobooks, podcasts and original audio shows.


The Audible app also enables you to customise your narration speed and sync audiobooks across all your devices so you can listen in a way suited to you.


You can sign up to Audible for a free one-month trial that includes one free audiobook download. After your trial period, you can subscribe to the service for $16.45 a month which also includes one free audiobook per month. If you spend a lot of time getting to and from work, this is totally worth it.


You can download the Audible app from the App Store or Google Play Store.


5. Social – Reddit


Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are great for passing time, but Reddit also offers unique and entertaining content to make your commute to work a little more interesting.


Reddit allows users to subscribe to specific forums – or subreddits” – that are tailored to their interests. Users can upload content like images, videos and text posts and ranks them based on upvotes and downvotes.


My personal favourite subreddits include r/CatsStandingUp and r/ShowerThoughts.


Reddit is also available for Apple and Android devices.


6. Productivity -  Evernote


Prefer to use your commute to be a little more productive? Evernote is an app that segments your tasks into notes and notepads, allowing you to organise your day on the go.


Using Evernote, you can input both typed or handwritten notes, as well as adding to-do lists, photos, audio and more. The best part is that the app makes all of this searchable, so you can easily find any section of your notes inside any notepad.

Evernote also allows you to share notes across your devices, as well as with your friends.


You can download Evernote from the App Store or Google Play Store, but you can also use the desktop version to sync your notes anywhere you go.


Have you got a favourite app we haven’t mentioned? Let us know in the comments down below.

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I have a one way two hour commute to work which will now be made a little more pleasant now that I know about the Cats Standing Up subreddit, thanks Chloe! 

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@CHLOE, nice post and tips. @Ray_YC "two hour commute", that is a long trip, good to catch up on sleep if you can. "one way", hope that Optus let you go home some time. Here are some of my favourite: 1. Game: Bloons TD6 2. News: Google news. 3. Music : Tidal 4. Shopping: Ozbargain, Gumtree, Stereonet. 5. Social: The people next to me 6. Productivity: Outlook.