The first thing most people do after buying an Apple iPad is head to iTunes and start downloading apps. But with thousands to choose from, where do you start. That is easy. Start with these 10 apps. Six of them are free, so there is no commitment there. The other 4 are well worth the money, I promise. Dazzling design aside, the iPad owes its remarkable success chiefly to the vast and varied library of applications it runs. Competitors like the Galaxy Tab fall short because they don’t have an app library to match it. For the time being, HP’s Slate is relying Windows 7 massive number of apps, but that only matter to business users. For the average consumer, the AppStore is the only game in town. I had just a couple of requirements for this list. The apps had to have wide appeal among average users. Sketch for the iPad is certainly a killer app, but if your artistic abilities are like mine–the word “limited” comes to mind–it is useless to you. Likewise, the Bloomberg iPad App is the best way to track your investments, but after a year with unemployment at 10%, precious few of us have those anymore. When I say these apps are essential for every man, woman and child, I mean it. And if you think you don’t need to download Angry Birds, you’ve never played it. Of course, you are probably going to download and install a LOT more than this, so just consider these apps a great first start. Click on the image below to start the slideshow and get all 10 of my picks.