November 21, 2014

Review: doubleTwist

doubletwist_appBefore I start I need to mention that this is a PC/Mac based app and not an Android app. So why am I even talking about it? Well this software allows you to manage the media on your phone through the software’s interface much like iTunes does for the iPod. It supports many Android phones as well as loads of other phones and mp3 players, and I used a G1 for my testing.

Once you install doubleTwist, you point it in the direction of your music, pictures and videos on your PC/Mac where it scans those locations. This can take some time if you have a lot of media but once it has done it you then have access to all of it from within the software. The navigation can be a bit of a pain and the whole experience can be a bit slow now and then but this is still a beta release and should expect some teething problems.

When it came to managing media I created 3 playlists (G1 Music, G1 Pics and G1 Videos) and sent the relevant media I wanted to transfer to my phone to each of those playlists through doubleTwist. This is done by right clicking the media and choosing “Add to Playlist” and the the playlist you want to send it to. Once you have set your playlists up you then sync the chosen playlists to the phone and hey presto, it syncs the changes to those playlists. Add an item to the playlist and it transfers it to your phone; remove an item from the playlist and it removes it from your phone. Simple. Just remember to select the playlists to sync and then click “sync” once you make changes. When I did my initial synching with my PC’s media it also imported my iTunes playlists, which was nice as I didn’t have to re-do them if I wanted to use them. There are plenty of other features, such as importing from YouTube.  I would recommend spending a bit of time with the software to get the most out of it.

If you use iTunes then this will be very familiar to you, although the navigation could do with some improvement. Perhaps the most annoying thing for me is that the media is sometimes put into alphabetical order or even a random order, as far as I can tell, which messes up the running order of albums–an option to change this would go down well. The media is also resized automatically when importing so the quality is reduced, and even though this allows you to put more on to your phone, an option to choose the quality size would be good. The software isn’t perfect by any means just yet and the bugs will put some people off, but I think this is really good and makes using the phone as a portable media player much more user friendly.

Go to http://www.doubletwist.com/ for more information, screen shots, videos and to download the software.

  • Rob

    you missed the coolest thing about doubletwist. that it automagically converts files you send to your phone to play on whatever phone your sending them to. so when sending them to winmo device, it converts them to something it can play. ditto for android, it allows an easy drag and drop to convert and transfer files to your phone.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/DarrenRichie DarrenRichie

      Hi Rob. Cheers for the comment. I was going to mention this but unfortunatley for me when I transferred a file I couldn't get it to play properly so I left this out as I wasn't sure if it was me not doing it correctly or the software. Thanks for the heads up though.

  • Chris

    Can it sync over wireless? I really don't like to connect my phone to the usb on my computer.

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  • gb24119

    Saying, "This can take some time if you have a lot of media" is an understatement. It's been scanning iTunes for about 12 hours now and is 19% done. Music library is 8367 items for 35.23 GB and a few movies. If the rate is steady, that's 2.5 days of CPU usage 50-75%, and WoW won't run well with that! It's also frequently checking the floppy drive for some reason. What's it doing to be going so slow with such high CPU usage? The program sound just like waht I wanted, but I'm done with it as soon as it responds to my request to cancel the scan, which has been a 15 minute wait so far. Maybe I should just end task.

  • Martin B

    I have had some issues trying to install this in that Kaspersky Pro tells me that there are no gigital signatures for the software, which I ignored, but more worryingly that the software was trying to access my password files, at which point I halted proceedings. Has anyome else had this problem or am I being paranoid?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/niniii0 niniii0

    I couldn't get it to play properly so I left this out as I wasn't sure if it was me not doing it correctly or the software. Thanks for the heads up though.

  • https://mutiarar06.student.ipb.ac.id Mutia

    why i cant use the app in my nexus one?

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    Nice app, thanks for review and sharing

  • AnonGuy

    It’s slow as hell. Performance is inexcusable.

    Doesn’t even look that good, TBH.

    I want a real iTunes for Android, but I don’t think I’ll get it. I can hear WP7 already, though. First and last Android phone I’ll ever own (Galaxy S Vibrant).

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    Doubletwist is a great app, one of the first ones I downloaded.

  • dnverter

    Does it have any other features besides those mentioned? m2ts converter

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    this is a informative tool to manage the files, but can I get the other things to do with this tool.

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    The doubleTwist software is really good.I want to download it to use.

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    thanks for sharing such so good software, with it , I can deal with my picture and music files easily.

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    Thanks for sharing such a profound and informative article, I’m really savoring it. I actually had a couple of questions in relation to your post though. Do you think it will be feasible for me to make contact with you further to discuss it? Maybe setup a chat on e mail or an instant messaging application? If not, cheers anyhow and I’ll continue to read and comment.

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  • Splogers

     I use this app…even paid for the adfree AirSync upgrade I was so impressed. It lets you wirelessly sync your phone…Now I can confidently tell iPhone users to STFU about their £600 phone…my £15 per month HTC Desire can do it all hehehehe

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=507767041 Sam Rogers

      I should add that importing 20GB of music and then syncing to the phone took about 20 minutes from a 6 month old Dell studio XPS running Win 7 Home to a 2 day old HTC Desire OVER WIRELESS NETWORK…pretty fast in my opinion. Maybe the people with slow transfers need a better computer or a better phone! Try defragmenting your PC regularly, it makes thinks like this soooooo much faster!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=507767041 Sam Rogers

      I should add that importing 20GB of music and then syncing to the phone took about 20 minutes from a 6 month old Dell studio XPS running Win 7 Home to a 2 day old HTC Desire OVER WIRELESS NETWORK…pretty fast in my opinion. Maybe the people with slow transfers need a better computer or a better phone! Try defragmenting your PC regularly, it makes thinks like this soooooo much faster!!

  • James

    Love it but had to work at it to get what I wanted out of it. A few things: I don’t seem to able to drag and drop whole albums, have to highlight them all separately first. The library appears with all songs doubled! If I create a playlist on the computer side I can’t delete it…. I can rename it but not delete it so I have quite a few showing which I have used and no longer want. It doesn’t always sync ratings. Any ideas?
    Compared with synctunes it is far superior. 

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