Between Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, and the other big-name music services, you could make the argument that world doesn't need another one. But Beats Music is here anyway. And while it does offer the standard features we've come to expect from its competitors — things like playlist building, sharing, and offline playback — it also adds some totally novel music discovery features, including an advanced recommendation service and a feature that lets you tell the app where you are, how you're feeling, and who you're with, and it will create a custom playlist on the fly that's perfect for that moment. It's like having a tiny Dr. Dre inside your phone, or something.
It's not always easy to motivate yourself to be active and get in to the gym, especially once it starts to get cold out. It's much easier to stuff your face, get comfortable on the couch, and play video games. But what if you could turn working out into a video game? With Goji Play ($100) you can. With controllers to let you play, wireless sensors to measure your activity, and their iPad app, you can turn your activity on a cardio machine into a number of fun video games. It's the easiest way to make your daily cardio go by in what seems like minutes, while making it a bit easier to get yourself off that couch.
Snow days used to be fun. But there's nothing fun about waking up on a cold morning, bundling up in your warmest clothes, pulling on a pair of boots, and shoveling all the freshly-fallen flakes from your driveway just so you can get to work. With Plowz ($25 and up) you can easily schedule a snowplow to come do all the hard work for you, so you never have to worry about shoveling again. They work with local plow providers, so you don't have to, letting you pay, tip, and schedule directly from the app. You pay based on the length of your driveway, and schedule the work on your time, taking all the pain out of winter weather.
Just because you've already gotten your hands on one of the many great e-readers available doesn't mean you should discount the portable reader you have in your pocket at any given time — your smartphone. Readmill ($Free) gives you the kind of reading experience you've always wanted, with the convenience of a device you're already carrying. The app is designed beautifully, paying careful attention to typography, contrast, and usability, and includes a host of adjustable attributes like font size and brightness. The ability to highlight and share your favorite passages makes reading a bit more social, while a wealth of free reading material means you'll never be left without a good book to dive into.