windows version of doubletwist for android

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, 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 -->;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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Windows version of doubletwist for Android updated, now with Market search


It gives you the ability to run precompiled playlists, and sync. I was NOT looking forward to manually filtering through my 17 gig library to fill my playlist I had already created once for my iDont. While the program was very, VERY slow, it did what it said it would do, and just transfered my playlist.

So what exactly does this do for the average android user other than dupe them into believing that Steve Jobs was right all along and people really are too stupid to manage a phone without using a music player ?.

Breaking free of itunes was such a pleasure. Why would anyone go back there?

I have Media Monkey installed now. Why would I want to go back and install iTunes again just to use DoubleTwist? I just hope that whatever method I use, will keep my tags and album covers right on every song. Right now that is a big issue I have with the Hero and Moment. They are fine on the file but, the Music Player on the phone doesn't like something.

Am I missing something here with doubleTwist, cause this thing sucks.
It take forever to open all my albums, the album view is unmanageable, takes forever to find anything and 80% of my album art is missing.

Why exactly do I need an account to use the software? I presume they save your playlists, subscriptions, etc. Can't that be optional?

CRAP! After reading about the update and all the great features yesterday, I decided to download and check it out. I realized from first run, I was not the target user of this software. Saying I have a hefty music collection is rather an understatement, therefor I have a folder for just my music I plan to sync to my phone (all down-sampled to 128kbs). Doubletwist figures, I'm not smart enough to use anything other than default music folder. It starts pulling all sorts of crap from all over my computer without even asking for a source destination.

By the time I get it to grab the files I want, only about 1/3 of the files even show up. As one who has spent hundreds of hours meticulously (some may say anally) curating my music files, there is NO REASON for a "music program" to have any problems. It uses the same layout as iTunes (Which looks about 15 years old and is just as ugly and limited). The options and settings are limited to non-existent.

I am by no means an expert on Android as the EVO will be my first foray into the (hopefully) wonderful world that is. I do, however, consider myself an expert at all things music having tried almost every music player known to man (I use Mp3Toys for playback, sadly recent support has been lacking, but it's the only program that has the db management to handle a huge collection as well as the BEST interface. I also use a host of others for id, batch tagging, normalizing, and syncing).

For syncing to a device (as well as the best collection "manager") I would STRONGLY suggest MediaMonkey as a music alternative to DoubleTwist (unless you are an iTunes slave). It's more powerful, has enough options to actually use it, and does a good job. I would also check out Subsonic for streaming music from your computer to your Android device.

Sorry, this got long, but this craptastic program riled me up!


I couldn't agree more with the comments above. If you don't have to use the horrid iTunes, why would you install it and then install a program that piggy backs off it??? On top of all of that, you'd still need to install iTunes Library Updater to keep iTunes in sync with your music library cause it's too dumb to do that, or too greedy. So there, three programs to do what one can do better and faster. Did I mention how horribly slow DoubleTwist is? Yeah.

I've been using Helium Music Manager 2009 to sync my Nexus One and iPod Nano (for my car) and I love it.

I have the Palm Pre and an iPod. I plan on buying the Evo on Friday. I have been using Doubletwist to pull music from my iPod to my Pre. I know some people want to rid themselves of anything Apple but I like my iPod and use it at home, working out and in my car which has a built in ipod adapter.

I use my Pre as music player when I am waiting for an appointment or out and about.