iPlayer

If you're in the UK or have a proxy setup, then the iPlayer app is a great way of watching shows that aired on the BBC. This can be anything from Eastenders to Match of the Day.
It's a must if you like BBC shows - despite it not being Kodi exclusive, it's still a worthy app to have installed on your device.

Is it illegal to stream live football matches?

Some sites may also suggest using IPTV add-ons to allow users to watch football matches for free. While this isn't technically illegal for those watching the stream, the Premier League has secured a court order that enables it to tackle illegal video streams of football matches via Kodi set-top boxes.
Until mid-2017, it could only take down individual video streams which were relatively easy to re-establish under another URL, while a Premier League spokesman says it can now target pirates in a "precise manner" and that "for the first time, this will enable the Premier League to disrupt and prevent the illegal streamer of our matches via IPTV, so-called Kodi boxes". 
So, if you're looking to download Kodi to watch illegal streams of your favourite football matches, don't bother as it's becoming much more difficult.
See also: 12 Best Media Streamers

Best media management add-ons

Kodi isn't just for streaming media from the internet - you can also use it to watch locally stored media too.

Plex (official Kodi add-on)

You don’t always want to stream content from the web, especially if you already have a library of media on your existing devices.
In this case Plex is an excellent app that allows you to access your personal videos, movies, TV shows, photos, and music all from one place. It has DNLA support built-in and can send your content to other devices or even stream it across the web when you’re not at home. Previously you had to search for PLEXBMC to find this essential app, but now it's officially available as a Kodi add-on. 
"We’ve been working closely with some of the best Kodi add-on developers in the world to create an awesome, fully-immersive Plex experience within Kodi. Seriously: once you’re up and running, you’ll never know it’s not Plex! You get the same Plex server discovery, user switching, gorgeous library browsing, and media playback experience you know and love, plus a few (okay, a few dozen) more settings to tweak to your heart’s content," writes Plex on its blog.
The Plex for Kodi add-on is a Plex Pass only preview, and you can find it in the new Plex for Kodi forums here. Learn more about Plex for Kodi here.
Plex for Kodi

Dbmc (Dropbox)  Onedrive


Dbmc is another useful app that brings Dropbox integration to your TV screen, turning it into a huge photo viewer. You can also find a similar client for Microsoft’s Onedrive service on the Kodi repository.

Best music add-ons

Of course, no media streaming software is complete without a selection of music streaming apps. 

SoundCloud

The website and app comes to no surprise for those wanting to listen to the latest and greatest music from across the world. Better still, SoundCloud has an extremely vast array of high-quality music.
This is the ultimate music app on Kodi, which will allow you to discover new artists or even podcast, such as our very own Tech Weekly Podcast!

TuneIn Radio

This app is well known on smartphones and desktops, as it houses an amazing amount of radio streams from across the world. TuneIn Radio is a great addition to those wanting to hear their favourite radio DJs who might be located in a different continent. 

MP3 Streams

Listening to music is always a plus on a TV/HTPC and MP3 Streams does exactly what it says in the title - allows you to stream MP3 songs from across the world, straight to your Kodi. Due to its fantastic organisation and list of content, MP3 Streams is used by many to listen to their favourite tracks.

Best miscellaneous add-ons

If you want to get experimental with your Kodi add-ons, here are a few we'd recommend. 

Addon Installer

As the name suggest the app is designed so that you can install other apps for your Kodi. This allows you to easily install add-ons and repositories without having to worry about finding them.

Trakt

If you’ve ever been curious about how much content you consume, and what it actually is, then Trakt is a simple, little plug-in that tracks your viewing habits. There’s a calendar feature to notify you of upcoming programs it thinks you’ll like, and Trakt also includes a social element where you can share your watchlists with friends.

BSPlayer & Subscene

Media should be enjoyed by everyone, but with streaming services often omitting subtitles this isn’t always the case. BSPlayer & Subscene are a couple of add-ons available that allow users to download subtitle packs and apply them to movies and TV.

Picture Slideshow Screensaver

The biggest screen in your house is a fine place to display your photographs, so installing this screensaver add-on will make that happen. You can choose from either Music or Movie fanart, or select a custom folder with your own snaps inside.

ROM Collection Browser

The add-on allows you to play retro video games, such as Pac-Man and Super Mario World! This is a great way to re-live some golden-oldies and play them through your Kodi device.