How I Use My iPhone: Part 3- News & Entertainment
The cell phone has become THE screen in our lives. Think about 15 years ago- the TV was the king. Go back 30 years prior it was the radio. That’s how things progress. Right now we are in an incredible time where we carry around the world's information in our pocket and can call upon it when WE choose. We’re not bound by a schedule that someone else dictates that we consume news and media. It’s really quite incredible. But that has brought it’s own challenges to the mix. Mostly that we must be mindful of the news and media that we choose. In an era where anyone with an iPhone is a media company, the messages can be all over the place.
For me, much of my news comes from Twitter. I’ve found that I can easily compare and contrast to form the best opinion of something using Twitter as a tool. I can see things in as real-time as possible and a lot of times this information is un-edited enough to possibly be a bit more genuine.
If I want to dive a little more into news, I have configured my Apple News app with a broad range of interests so that I can get a wide view of the world. I try to stay away from single channel news apps for one main reason- I want to be able to form my own opinion about what’s going on in the world.
The Apple Podcast app is probably my favorite entertainment app, and because of the content that’s available can really go a long way to providing news and interesting points of views of all things going on in the world. I think the podcast has become my most used audio format. I love to listen and learn and a good podcast can be more valuable than sitting in class at a university.
My current go-to podcasts are:
The #502LeaderSeries Podcast (shameless plug)
I’m also a big reader and Audible is another app that I get a lot of use out of. There are some books that I can digest perfectly fine by reading them but there are others that I seem to get so much more out of by listening to them. Audible makes it easy to listen to anything I want at any time. And when you subscribe you get a decent discount on all audio books as well as a book per month. And you own the books, so even if you cancel your subscription you still have access to them.
Music is a huge part of my life, as I’m sure it is for many and we live in such a cool time with regards to how we consume music. I’m a huge fan of the value of the subscription model for music and I personally use Spotify for my playlists. I used Apple Music for a while, but most of my friends and family use Spotify and that is a big reason for my switch. Since my wife is a user we were able to get the family plan which saves money- it basically cuts 40% off the bill for us. We can also share playlists, which I find incredibly fun and useful for hearing new things.
When it comes to video, I don’t use my iPhone to consume too much of it. But where my iPhone does come in handy is controlling Netflix and Google Play Movies on my TV via a Google Chromecast. I love how the Chromecast sharing is embedded in so many apps. The seamlessness is so good that my 4 year old daughter figured out how to cast her movies to our living room TV!
What are your favorite news and entertainment apps? Also what are your favorite podcasts? Shoot me an email or leave a comment!
-Jason Mudd, social media maven at SocialMudd.com. Helping your business or personal brand to make that emotional connection and build a relationship with your current and future clients.