Multimedia Apps for Your iPhone - dummies

By Dwight Spivey

Part of iPhone For Seniors For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When it comes to multimedia, your new iPhone has a great group of apps that already come with iOS 12, such as TV, Music, and Podcasts. However, there are other apps on the market that may help you handle your multimedia needs in ways that better suit your tastes and needs.


Netflix has come far since their humble beginnings as a DVD-rental-by-mail company to become one of the largest players in the entertainment business today. If you have a Netflix subscription, you can to play your entire collection of videos that you’ve saved in your list, find new content, and even use AirPlay to play your video on your television via AppleTV. Download the Netflix app.

Amazon Video

Amazon has a vast library of video files, most of which can be streamed via their Amazon Video app. If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, you can watch all of your free Prime video library content right on your iPhone when you download the Amazon Video app.


SoundCloud claims to be the world’s largest music streaming service, boasting a catalogue of more than 135 million audio tracks. SoundCloud is a great service, but much of the catalogue is made up of up-and-coming (or completely unknown) artists. Don’t let that deter you. You can find some great music in the most unexpected places. SoundCloud also lets you see the music that your favorite artists like, which can lead you to discover wonderful tunes you might never would otherwise. Download the SoundCloud app.


YouTube used to be the best app around for watching silly cat videos and people falling down, but it’s now one of the most popular, and important, means of accessing video and musical entertainment on the Web. Documentaries, full-length movies, music videos, and silly cat videos are waiting to be discovered when you download the YouTube app for iOS.


Pandora is one of the most popular music-streaming services for iOS and has been around almost since the first iPhone. Pandora allows you to create and customize your own radio stations, so you can play music of the same genre or by the same artist. You may also purchase any music you like with direct links to the iTunes Store. Download the Pandora app.


Rarely is a third-party product recommended over Apple’s equivalent. Apple’s Podcasts app in iOS 12 is good for downloading and listening to podcasts, but the Overcast app outshines it in ease-of-use and with intuitive settings. Overcast even lets you apply settings, such as playback speed and Voice Boost, to individual podcasts, maintaining different settings combinations for each. Download Overcast.


Snapseed is a must-have tool for photographers of any level. It’s an editor that’s easy enough to be used by rookies, yet powerful enough that professional photographers won’t be caught without it. Download Snapseed and add some professional flair to your photos.

Google Play Music and Google Play Movies & TV

If you’ve moved from an Android device to iPhone, you may have much invested in Google’s music and video stores. Never fear! Your Google content can be viewed on your iPhone by downloading the Google Play Music and the Google Play Movies & TV apps!

Download the Google Play Music app. Get Google Play Movies & TV here.