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Record iTunes Radio tracks with doubleTwist's new tool

A clever use of AirPlay gives you offline access to streamed music With the existence of Rdio, Spotify, Google Play Music and Pandora, there's really no need for iTunes radio on your Android device. But what if you could download tracks directly from iTunes Radio to play back later? Well-known...
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DoubleTwist updated to support Android 4.4, clean up design

Improved tablet layout makes better use of the extra screen real estate One of the most popular music player apps on Android over the years, DoubleTwist, is receiving an update today to be compatible with Android 4.4 and improve its overall design. The newest design improvement focuses on having...
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DoubleTwist launches Magic Radio streaming service, we go hands on

doubleTwist needs little introduction really. Charting over 10 million downloads from the Google Play Store, it's without question one of the finest and most popular music players available on the Android platform. The ability to interact with Apple's iTunes and Airplay services provides a path...

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doubleTwist's Magic Play brings AirPlay support to Google Play Music, but only if you're rooted

We've already seen how doubleTwist makes it easy to listen to your music and watch video over AirPlay devices from your Android phone or tablet. Today the company has decided to release an update that allows rooted users to stream Google Play Music to AirPlay devices as well. They also wrote a...
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The top 5 best music player apps for Android

Get the best music experience on your Android phone or tablet with these great apps Over the years music fans have gradually changed how they listen to their music, and what they listen to it on. With the rise of the smartphone it's only natural that now the one device we carry with us...
AirPlay to Apple TV

How to AirPlay music and video from Android to your Apple TV

No iPhone or iPad behind doesn't mean you can't still AirPlay content to your Apple TV It isn't inconceivable that you own both an Android phone or tablet and an Apple TV. Sure, we're fans of Chromecast in these parts, but the Apple TV still has a lot to offer, especially if you're heavily...
doubleTwist iTunes Radio Recorder

Record iTunes Radio tracks with doubleTwist's new tool

A clever use of AirPlay gives you offline access to streamed music With the existence of Rdio, Spotify, Google Play Music and Pandora, there's really no need for iTunes radio on your Android device. But what if you could download tracks directly from iTunes Radio to play back later? Well-known...
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doubleTwist updated with great podcast features, even in the free version

Another complete podcast manager choice doubleTwist has updated their Android app, bringing some great new features for folks who use it to listen to their favorite podcasts. Today's new features are all available in the free, ad-supported mode, but of course are also available for premium...
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DoubleTwist updated to support Android 4.4, clean up design

Improved tablet layout makes better use of the extra screen real estate One of the most popular music player apps on Android over the years, DoubleTwist, is receiving an update today to be compatible with Android 4.4 and improve its overall design. The newest design improvement focuses on having...

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We've already seen how doubleTwist makes it easy to listen to your music and watch video over AirPlay devices from your Android phone or tablet. Today the company has decided to release an update that allows rooted users to stream Google Play Music to AirPlay devices as well. They also wrote a blog post to tell us how they are making it work.

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Best Music Apps

Get the best music experience on your Android phone or tablet with these great apps

Over the years music fans have gradually changed how they listen to their music, and what they listen to it on. With the rise of the smartphone it's only natural that now the one device we carry with us everywhere is also our primary media player. On Android, we're also fortunate that there's a huge community of developers that create apps that can better the experience we're provided by the folks who made our phones.

The Google Play Store has many music related apps to choose from, but some do stand out from the crowd. It'd be impossible to look at all of them, so here we've chosen 5 of them that we think are some of the best there is. Let's take a look.

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Another complete podcast manager choice

doubleTwist has updated their Android app, bringing some great new features for folks who use it to listen to their favorite podcasts.

Today's new features are all available in the free, ad-supported mode, but of course are also available for premium customers. Here's the list of what's new:

  • Added related podcasts for many popular podcasts. These appear when you scroll to the bottom of the list of episodes on a particular podcast, although not all feeds have related podcasts.
  • Added podcast episode sorting options, so users can browse by chronological or reverse-chronological order.
  • Added support for password protected podcasts.
  • Added support for adding podcasts manually via URL, so that users can subscribe to podcasts that are not in the doubleTwist directory.

There are also a couple of features that aren't podcast-related — better Apple TV detection for easier sharing, and the ability to delete a song from the overflow menu.

A whole lot of Android users love doubleTwist, and features like these are the reason why. Give it a look by clicking the Google Play link at the top of the post.

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AirPlay to Apple TV

No iPhone or iPad behind doesn't mean you can't still AirPlay content to your Apple TV

It isn't inconceivable that you own both an Android phone or tablet and an Apple TV. Sure, we're fans of Chromecast in these parts, but the Apple TV still has a lot to offer, especially if you're heavily involved in the iTunes content ecosystem.

One party piece that the Apple TV offers to iPhone and iPad owners is AirPlay. Wirelessly streaming music and video, mirroring the display on your iOS device or Mac, it's a tremendously handy thing to have. But just because you've got an Android phone or tablet doesn't mean you can't join in with some of the AirPlay action. Head on past the break to see a couple of ways to AirPlay your locally stored music and video from your Android device to your Apple TV.

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A clever use of AirPlay gives you offline access to streamed music

With the existence of Rdio, Spotify, Google Play Music and Pandora, there's really no need for iTunes radio on your Android device. But what if you could download tracks directly from iTunes Radio to play back later? Well-known music app makers doubleTwist have just released an app in the Play Store, iTunes Radio Recorder, that does just that.

The process is pretty simple — launch iTunes on your PC or Mac, start playing iTunes Radio and launch the new iTunes Radio Recorder app on your phone. Your phone will then show up as an AirPlay device, and once you select it from iTunes on your computer it will begin to download every track that is played in real time.

After each track is finished streaming, you'll have a music file that is ready for offline listening from any music app of your choice — though we bet doubleTwist wishes you'd use their own. By default you get a 32 Kbps track that frankly sounds bad, but you can unlock high-quality AAC recording with a $4.99 in-app purchase.

We're not sure of the issues doubleTwist may run into with Apple going forward, but for what it does the tool seems to work just fine and can be an option for those who listen to iTunes Radio on the desktop and want to save those tracks for later. Hit the Play Store link above to grab a download.

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Improved tablet layout makes better use of the extra screen real estate

One of the most popular music player apps on Android over the years, DoubleTwist, is receiving an update today to be compatible with Android 4.4 and improve its overall design. The newest design improvement focuses on having a consistent look and feel across the entire app, which also fits better with Android's design guidelines to look great on devices up to and including the latest KitKat release.

The new app looks great on tablets as well, taking advantage of the extra screen real estate to reveal hidden menus and show more information in landscape mode. This all comes together to offer a great experience whether you're listening to local files, managing playlists that were synced from your computer or listening to the new Magic Radio service.

The latest update is available now in the Play Store, and because DoubleTwist makes its money with add-ons to its core app, it can be had for free.

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doubleTwist needs little introduction really. Charting over 10 million downloads from the Google Play Store, it's without question one of the finest and most popular music players available on the Android platform. The ability to interact with Apple's iTunes and Airplay services provides a path many iTunes users rely upon to manage their music on their Android device with minimal fuss. Besides the iTunes integration, doubleTwist also offers -- albeit via in-app purchases -- a range of add-ons such as full podcast support, an equalizer and high quality artwork. 

Today, doubleTwist launches their latest add-on package, Magic Radio, their answer to a music streaming service. Subscriptions to Magic Radio cost just $3.99 per month through Google Wallet and come with a 7 day free trial, so you get a good chance to put it through its paces before committing your money. But, the music streaming space already has some heavy hitters with the like of Sony, Spotify and Rdio all having their own offerings. Does Magic Radio have enough to provide a compelling experience? We've been playing with it for a few days now, and the tl;dr version is this; It's really good. Well designed, well executed and pretty good value for money. However, the Magic Radio approach may not be for everyone. So, click on past the break and we'll take a look. 

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Chip maker Qualcomm has teamed up with the folks at doubleTwist and will be delivering MagicPlay - a platform they're billing as an open-source challenger to AirPlay. Running on Qualcomm's AllJoyn protocol, MagicPlay will allow  any Android device to stream media to any other device -- provided it uses a Qualcomm chip running the AllJoyn protocol. 

Using MagicPlay and AllJoyn will allow users to connect via Wifi and avoid Bluetooth (which doubleTwist labels as a headache). Manufacturers can add support by embedding a small open-source component, and application developers can embed MagicPlay services into any application to add media streaming. 

See the press releases from Qualcomm and doubleTwist after the break for more details.

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The folks from DoubleTwist have announced a major milestone for their company. People all over the world are now making use of their app daily to listen to music, view videos and take in podcasts -- 2 million of them in fact. To celebrate the milestone they're having a sale, doubleTwist Player in-app upgrades, AirSync and doubleTwist Alarm Clock are all on sale right now for 50% off their original price. Congrats to doubleTwist on their achievements, now hit the link below to grab yourself some of their apps!

DoubleTwist Apps In The Google Play Store

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Update: As doubleTwist's Monique Farantzos points out, streaming podcasts is now free, but you still have to upgrade to the premium version to download, subscribe and manage podcasts.

Original: Seems that the guys over at doubleTwist have been listening to the comments from the community. The application has been updated again about a week after they first brought in podcast streaming, to remove the necessity to pay for them.

A lot of you out there weren't too impressed by the charge imposed to unlock the podcast feature. Considering you can sync your subscriptions from iTunes for free if you already shelled out for the AirSync add-on, it seemed a little steep. All that is put to bed now though, as with this latest update podcasts are available for all -- which naturally includes the worlds greatest Android podcast. No word on whether or not they intend to refund anyone who did fork out, but we're guessing that not many of you parted with your cash. 

Aside from this, we also get a couple of improvements elsewhere in the app. Fixes come for video and podcast position saving, last.fm scrobbling and general bug fixes. We also get support for the Ice Cream Sandwich lockscreen which is always a welcome addition. You'll find the download links after the break.

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DoubleTwist has long been a favourite for those who like to sync their music and podcasts between iTunes and Android. Todays update among other things brings an integrated podcast catalogue. The catch, this particular part of the app is a 'premium feature' with a premium price.

In UK money, unlocking the podcast feature in doubleTwist costs £4.99 (about $7.85). It does, however, feature the worlds greatest Android podcast in its listings by default -- Google Listen we're still looking at you. 

Aside from podcasts, the update brings improved performance and reliability, fixes to AirPlay and AirTwist playback issues, an expandable and collapsable now playing screen with easier access to your queue, and design and interface updates many of which are designed for Ice Cream Sandwich.

It's a welcome update to an already very good application. Hit the break for the download links.

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DoubleTwist, the well known "iTunes equivalent for Android" has now added Apple TV streaming support. The doubleTwist Player is a free app, but users have the option to upgrade to AirSync for $4.99 if they want  to be able to sync their media without having to plug-in their device. AirSync also can stream to Xbox or the Playstation 3.

Now the company has been able to get their streaming technology working with Apple TV, giving Apple TV owners who use Android devices AirPlay capability. If you are a doubleTwist, AirSync and Apple TV user, you'll be able to stream your media seamlessly to your tv. Both your Android device and your Apple TV have to be on the same wireless network.

Once they are, go into Settings in your doubleTwist Player app. Then click on AirTwist & AirPlay, which will give you the page like the screenshot above. Simply check the box to enable streaming to those devices. Once that is finished,  your device should pop up on your Apple TV as one of the options to stream from. That's it! Once it's done, you should be able to enjoy your music and videos from your Android device on your Apple TV. doubleTwist also announced that streaming capabilities to Sonos devices are here, but that is currently in beta.

Find links to the doubleTwist Player and AirSync apps after the break.

Source: doubleTwist

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DoubleTwist has just been updated with the long-promised and highly-anticipated wifi syncing feature, which has been dubbed "AirSync." Unlike the player itself, which is free, AirSync is an add-on that will run you $4.99 (or 99 cents for the first 10,000 users), you will see a link to purchase it when you start up the updated DoubleTwist Android player. In addition to the phone app, users will need to make sure to update their desktop client, which is available for the Mac and PC.

If you jump on the DoubleTwist wagon, make sure you visit the Android Central Forums to discuss the new update. If you haven't used the program (or any syncing app), check out our handy guide to syncing music onto your Android phone. [DoubleTwist]

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Lets face it: syncing your music and videos in Android is nowhere near as simple as with certain "i"-named devices. However, many of you (myself included) may use iTunes to manage and purchase your music and podcasts. There are a couple great solutions to get your media from your computer to your phone with playlists intact. Keep in mind that any DRMed music will not work on your Android phone. Apple switched over to DRM-free music awhile back, so it is likely only much older songs will have that issue. There are some ways to remove DRM from song files, but I will not go into it here (feel free to Google search for a way to do it, though). Join me past the break for all the hot syncin' action.

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The folks behind DoubleTwist promised that support for internet radio was coming, and here it is. You can browse every genere imaginable, and each major genere has a bunch of sub-generes so you can zero in on exactly what kind of music you are in the mood for. The playlist editing features are a nice bonus, especially for those who aren't already syncing playlists from iTunes using the DoubleTwist desktop client. The only drawback is that I could not figure out how to create a new playlist directly on the phone, but hopefully this is an issue that will be solved in a future update. Until then, check out download links past the break along with a few more pictures. [DoubleTwist, Changelog]

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DoubleTwist, the popular desktop syncing client and elegant phone music player app, has announced a plethora of fantastic stats, immediate updates and future plans for its software. First off, its mobile and desktop (Mac and PC) apps have been hugely successful as they are set to hit 500,000 and 1 million users, respectively, in September. You may be wondering why that second number is so much higher; this is because DoubleTwist also allows syncing with devices like the PSP and both Windows Mobile and BlackBerry phones.

A completely new and revamped website is intended to become "the iTunes.com of Android" and will be adding support for Amazon's MP3 Music Store "later in the fall" on top of its current podcast and Android app offerings. The site will also feature the ability to install apps to your phone directly from the website similar to AppBrain. In addition, users of the Mac and PC desktop clients get a new update that features faster syncing (finally!) and improved library management. To update, simply launch your DoubleTwist client and it should check automatically, or you can find the manual update button under File (Windows) or doubleTwist (Mac). 

Finally, the Android app will be receiving a major update in September to allow use of FM Radio (if your phone already has this feature, one would assume) and the ability to sync over WiFi (!!!). [DoubleTwist]

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So much for easing back into the work week, huh? We started off today with the announcement of the HTC Aria on AT&T. Followed that up by another Motorola Droid X sighting. You all got your knickers in a twist over doubleTwist (and many of you missed the phone -- it's about design, not function). And to top it all off, the Samsung Galaxy S Pro made an appearance.

Quite the Monday, indeed. Let's wind down with a little free chat. Got something you wanna get off your chest? Do it here in the comments.

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It's pretty much agreed upon that the new doubleTwist music app for Android is one of the better looking players on everybody's favorite smartphone. But how did it come to be? Designer Sebastiaan de With explains on his Cocoia blog:

We wanted something that actually advanced the state of the art. I sure as hell wasn’t going to use an entirely new platform for months just to ape another. It was a mixed blessing to have so little limitations on what constituted a ‘native’ user interface.

Android has its guidelines, but most apps (even the Google-sanctioned Twitter app) have a very ‘custom’ appearance. We opted for a look that works well on the various devices and custom ‘shells’ (notably, HTC’s terrible “Sense” interface) and arrived at this muted, native-looking yet polished visual scheme

By no means is the doubleTwist app the only well-designed piece of software on Android, but it's certainly a shining example of what can be done with a minimal set of guidelines, and no sticky concerns about duplication of functions. [Cocoia BlogThanks, Rene!

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There's been a lot of chatter about doubleTwist the past few days.  That will happen when you push out a desktop app and a on-device player to go along with it. I've spent the past couple days getting things ready for my HTC Evo, and setting up doubleTwist was one of them.  Hit the break for the run down and see if doubleTwist is something that might work for you too.

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Just as we reported they would, the folks at doubleTwist have updated their Windows application, and a good program just got better.  Here's the official announcement from their user forums:

Please give a warm welcome to Windows version 2.7.0.3867, released late last night, 5.31.2010 goodies include:

* Upgrade back-end stuff in preparation for our soon to be released Android music player. weWt!!
* Android market for windows. go get those apps. Android App FAQ --> http://forums.doubletwis...mp;m=8057&#post8057
* Support for the Sony X10
* Tons 'o miscellaneous bug fixes.

Enjoy --

We all love bugfixes, and support for new devices is always nice.  But there are two things here that look really interesting - the "soon to be released" music player, and the ability to search the Android Market from within the program.  Search out an app and once it's loaded in doubleTwist's browser (note -- you'll have to have Chrome or Safari installed, support for other browsers is in the works, according to the developers) you can install via QR code with your trusty bar code scanner.  Of course, music and video transfer works as well as it ever did, and doubleTwist still offers excellent podcast subscription management.  It really is shaping up to be iTunes for Android, and it's something definitely worth looking into.

Check out the official doubleTwist FAQ here for answers to more questions, and to see what others have to say about doubleTwist. [doubleTwist]

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