Professional commitments and obligations can keep you from enjoying the things you love to do. But keeping yourself entertained doesn’t require you to go places for you to really enjoy it. Some things may not be possible before, but the advancement of technology has made it possible for you to keep yourself entertained with your preferred media, through your mobile device.

There are more than 30,000 apps now available in the Android market, but finding the real gems can be quite a time-consuming task. Lucky for you, we’ve handpicked some of the best entertainment apps around to help you save precious time. Most of them are free; some with in-app purchases. All you need to do now is to get the apps that suit your needs and start enjoying it whenever, wherever.

Amazon MP3

Amazon MP3

Amazon MP3 is a music streaming app that offers you a wide range of free songs. The app is connected with Amazon’s Cloud Player, giving you access to all CD albums and MP3’s, while allowing you to add up to 250 tracks of your own.

Slacker Radio

Slacker Radio

This app takes a whole new approach to mobile streaming by offering more than just music and music discovery, as it connects you with your favorite music, and lets you browse its massive collection of human-curated playlists for any occasion – like Yacht Rock. It also features an extensive catalog of radio talk shows, sports, as well as comedy series. Whatever you want to listen to, this app has you covered.

OnLive

OnLive

Tired of mobile games? Try out some titles like Assassin’s Creed or LA Noire streamed to your Android device through OnLive! Signing up for an account is free, although some of the games will probably cost you money. Some, however, include timed free trials. You may also want to invest in some sort of controller as many of the games within the app aren’t really designed for touch screens. It’s tricky, but it’s no doubt a unique service.

Spotify

Spotify

Spotify is a free music app with a huge inventory of music. It has become a mainstay for free, legal music, and the recent pricing shuffle brought about free mobile Pandora-like streaming. A paid subscription will nab you on-demand service and Led Zeppelin. But the best thing about Spotify is that it has close ties with artists who release new albums on the service the same day they hit the shelves in record shops.

Netflix

Netflix

Netflix streaming has now become a staple of modern existence, and the premiere TV and movie streaming app looks great for Android. Though the stable of content isn’t always, well, stable, you’ll definitely be spoiled for choice with its collection of movies and TV shows. You can also stream videos from the app to your TV via Google Chromecast.

TuneIn Radio

TuneIn Radio

This radio app gives you access to more than 70,000 radio stations. This is the best choice for those who love listening to music on the go. You can even choose a local radio station or even browse stations according to continents. It has high-quality audio and buffering is very minimal.

BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer is an app that lets you download a program from BBC, then watch it later on your Android device. You can keep the files for 30 days, although some expire after 7 days so that it frees your storage.

Flickr

Flickr is a popular photo storage app that gives you a free terabyte of space for you to store your photos. The great thing about this app is that your photos are stored in their original resolution so that the quality is maintained. On top of that, the app also has a number of filters for you to use if you wish to upload an artistic image to social media sites.

Bandcamp

Bandcamp

As one of the most exciting music hub today, Bandcamp is chock full of both upcoming and established acts. Some people may be disappointed with the app, as it avoids music discovery and purchasing but recently, they’ve added a social network-ish feature. But it does one cool thing: instant streaming of your Bandcamp purchases. This alone makes the app a keeper.

TED

TED

TED was initially offered to bring together the brightest minds to discuss design, technology and entertainment, but the app has now seen a significant improvement in that it now covers ‘ideas that are worth spreading’, wherein the discussion is already extended to global issues, business and sciences. So for those who are looking for an excellent idea to help them within the day or to meet like-minded individuals, then TED is a must-have app.