Distraction plan: the best tools for finding new music, movies and podcasts

Treat your eyes and ears to something fresh with the help of these apps and websites

Music, movies and podcasts – they’re all wonderful, wonderful things that help keep us entertained, but sometimes it’s hard to find something new in the world of digital entertainment.

It’s not that there isn’t a choice – it’s just that the selection is too vast, with new stuff joining the pile every day. How do we pick out a podcast or a track to listen to, or a movie to watch, when we are faced with literally thousands of them? The answer, dear friends, is we turn to technology.

We’ve collected below the very best apps and websites for discovering great new content. Pick one (or all) and you’ll end up with so much lovely stuff for your eyes and ears, you'll never have to face an un-filled minute again!


Noted (free, iOS and Android)

Like a music-focused Twitter, this app lets you follow dozens of blogs like Pitchfork and Consequence of Sound to help keep tabs on the best new music vids.

Muru Music (free, iOS)

Like Spotify’s Discover Weekly, Muru makes you personalised playlists to help introduce you to new artists – only this time you choose two genres to journey between via a tailored selection of bangers.

Hype Machine (from free, iOS and Android)

The original web-based music discovery service (which started way back in 2005) now has an excellent mobile app, which sees the most popular, user-voted tracks bubble to the top of its feed.