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Best Smartphone Apps for Music or Film

The ability to watch movies, TV shows, or music videos from your smartphone is liberating. Here are the best smartphone apps for film or music:

YouTube

YouTube

The YouTube mobile app offers almost all the features found in the web version without overwhelming the interface. You can stream HD videos in full-screen on your smartphone effortlessly. YouTube is ideal for watching movies, music videos, and TV shows. Here are its features:

Easy switching between several accounts

If you use YouTube from the desktop web, you can sync your subscriptions, profile settings, and home feed suggestions to your mobile app by signing into your account. If you have several Google accounts each with a YouTube account, this app ensures that you can add them all and switch from one to the other easily. The top menu will display all your accounts. All you have to do is tap one to switch.

Use filters and music to uploaded videos

YouTube app allows you to edit your videos by adding filters. You can also preview how your video will look with a particular filter.

This app also has a great music library and with an option of using music from your device. Simply tap the Genre and mood tab to browse for tracks to use in your video.

Watch video as you browse the app

YouTube app allows you to minimize the video you are watching while you browse. To minimize, tap the downward arrow at the uppermost left corner. Once you tap on another video, the current one will stop playing. You can also tap a minimized video to get it on the main screen or swipe left to stop it.

Easy to see subscribed channels with new videos

YouTube app has a feature that lets you know which channels have new videos. Blue dots beneath the photos of subscribed channels means new videos are available.

This feature is handy especially if you are subscribed to a lot of channels. You can also view your full subscription list on another tab.

Watch YouTube music videos or movies on your TV

This app integrates with your TV by pairing your YouTube account to your TV. This option is in the settings menu of your app.

Save videos for later

You can save videos to watch later. Simply tap the icon at the top and add the video to the watch later list.

This is a free app available for Android and iPhone.

Vevo

Vevo

Vevo offers access to music videos from artists signed with Universal, EMI, or Sony. You can stream about 25,000 music videos from approximately 7000 artists. It has a user-friendly interface and you can search for videos by voice. Videos can be streamed through 3G or Wi-Fi.

Other features

  • You can watch original shows and live performances.
  • Vevo supports custom-made video playlists.
  • You can save certain artists as favorites and get notifications when new videos are released.

Pros

  • Great interface.
  • Provides over 20,000 music videos.

Cons

  • Video quality is average.

This is a free that is available for Android, iPod Touch, iPad, and iPhone.

Netflix

Netflix

Netflix app offers streaming services to unlimited movies and TV shows at a monthly fee. There are three subscriptions each offering different video streaming quality and the ability to watch from more than one device at the same time.

To get started, download the Netflix app to our device and create an account. Netflix also offers a profile for children to access censored content.

You can also download movies or TV shows to watch offline. The movies in your library will expire in 30 days.

The Netflix app will also learn your preferences and it will place the kind of movies and TV shows you like at the top of the list.

The kind of bandwidth you have will dictate the quality of videos you stream.

Pros

  • Unlimited access to movies and TV shows.
  • Affordable price.

Cons

  • Requires fast and strong internet connection.

Google Play Music

Google Play Music

Google Play Music lets you stream music to your phone. You can subscribe for the free or unlimited plans. The free plan allows you to stream tracks, store a maximum of 50,000 audio files, get music recommendations, and other things. The unlimited plan provides streaming of ad-free tracks and download music for offline listening. You can also get a family plan for $14.99 which offers unlimited access to music for up to 6 people.

This app offers 6 categories such as Motivation Monday and Brand New Music which have enjoyable music.

Google Play Music suggests tunes based on your interests. You can also include your own music and organize it into folders.

Pros

  • Decent audio quality.
  • Links to YouTube videos.
  • Offers a family plan.

Cons

  • Frustrating setup.
  • Lacks some important albums

This app is available for Android and iOS.

Google Play Movies & TV- Jean-Philippe Belanger

Google Play Movies & TV-

Google Play Movies and TV offer popular films and TV shows. Here are its features:

  • You can search for content by age rating, film studio, genre, and TV network.
  • This app lets you save films to view offline. You can also access films with at least 720p resolution.
  • You can buy films from Play Store and use this app to watch them.
  • It supports Chromecast.
  • It supports Cards.

Pros

  • User-friendly interface.

Cons

  • Limited features for iOS users.

This app is available for Android and iOS.

Author’s Bio

I am Jean Phillipe, a technology manager and I run my own website. LeMeilleurAvis is a website that I use to review various products with no bias. The products I review vary from all brands and types and I give my recommendations as well as best prices for each product.

Guest Editor: Jean Phillipe