Forget iTunes, I doubleTwist!

Not an illusion

Let’s face it.  We may be Android users, but there was a time when the glitter of Apple appealed to all of our senses.  We may not have had the thousands of dollars we needed to purchase the latest and greatest Apple toys, or even a used one for that matter.  Nevertheless!  A way was provided for us to join in this Apple revelry at no cost to us.  We could join the rank of iTunes users for all our media player needs.  Now, I use an Android phone, and doubleTwist fulfills my musical needs.

So crisp and clean

I, like many others, jumped on the Apple band wagon with iTunes.  It is still my default player to this day.  I am not ashamed; they make a brilliant media player that has only gotten more brilliant as they have shed all their licensing mumbo jumbo.

The real icing on the musical cake for me was comparative.  I compared my iTunes to the dregs of media player society: Cell phone music players.  Though I tried as hard as I could to use the players on my last two Android-less phones, they left a bur in my boot, instead of a beat.

iTunes does not work on Android, as is common knowledge.  Thankfully, Android developers put their heads together, and decided to copy all the functionality of iTunes, and call it doubleTwist.  Where the name came from, I have no idea.  But this app is pure genius.

On your PC, you download their media player and it then mirrors your iTunes player.  Music library, podcasts, videos, playlists you name it, they took it off your iTunes and loaded it into their media player.  From there, you can load up playlists, podcasts, or pictures to your Android phone, just like it was an iPod or Newton (Google it), or other Apple product.  They also have an array of other devices they support: cameras, Blackberries, etc.

The player on the phone is splendid.  It has a clean interface and is smooth like butter on my HTC Evo.  You can sort you music by artist, albums, songs, or playlists.

Download here.

I am so used to a non-touch ipod that this system is very refreshing.  The app runs well in the background, and has no problems opening up from my notification menu.  When I get a call, it pauses the music for the duration of the call and restarts when the call ends.  Wonderful.

You are probably pumped right now, and loading up your handset to download this app immediately, but wait, there’s more!

doubleTwist does not add the iTunes store, or the genius feature, but they are busy in other areas.  Amazon MP3’s and the Android Market built right into the PC interface for your pleasurable usage.  Can life get better?  I submit that it cannot!

Phone Interface

There are a few minor downsides that I can see to doubleTwist.  The first, being, that it works rather slowly when first initializing and copying your iTunes library.  This isn’t a bad issue, since most of your time will be spent using the phone version, which works quickly.  The second, being a rather elitist issue, is having to download Internet Explorer 8 to use the Android Market.  Lastly, my podcasts did not import, so I had to sign up for them again and re-download.

As I am writing this article, I just glanced at doubleTwist on my other screen and it said “Scanning iTunes” at the bottom.  This love affair is complete with the fact that it automatically checks your iTunes for updates to playlists and the like.  I am going to have to give this my Android Essential rating, because a good music player is essential to enjoying your super phone.  The app is currently free and in its “beta” stage.  I would definitely drop my Five dollar a week budget on this once they take it out of beta.

  • dethduck

    Kudos for the Bonobo.

  • m906

    I'm not sold because it doesn't proactively update playlists. It has to be told to do it. That is the way I group my musical tastes and I depend on it heavily. I have quite a lot of playlists and it can't handle them.

    I will keep using the app until a more reliable and capable Mac/Android solution comes along…

  • Double twist is great, especially with podcast support now!
    I just need them to include more sorting & id3 options! Then, just speed it up and we're good!

  • Guest

    Needs a widget like Tunewiki.

  • zenaxe

    I guess for people who can't figure out how to copy stuff onto their sdcard, but IMHO, this sounds pretty convoluted/goofy/unelegant in practice, especially if you're going to maintain an iTunes install for an Apple product. I think I'll stick with Meridian and "cp -rufv * /droid/Music" for now.

    • Anyone can figure that out.  You’re missing the point.  I haven’t figured out how to sort / display correct artist, album, etc. using your method without taking hours to hand re-do folders.

      Copy and paste is a fail.  Not to mention playlists.

  • JaylanPHNX

    All these apps to sync or stream from iTunes might be great for all the apple-eaters out there, but does it work if you use Windows Media Player or Zune? I love Android and don't want to wait and bail for WinPhone7.

  • Jay

    Does it have gapless playback? Constantly looking for an android music player that has that (songs flow into each other, so you don't hear a stutter of silence in between two tracks)

  • Jordan

    The desktop version seems very slow/buggy. Takes MINUTES for it to load my collection. Sure it's 4000 CDs but still, foobar doesn't have a single problem with it. I was excited to try it out but in the end, just doesn't work for my needs

  • I can't even get the desktop app to launch on my early-2009 (top-end-at-the-time) iMac.

  • faceprint

    No support for internal memory on the Incredible 🙁

  • Why mimic iTunes? It's awful! I'm waiting for an Android syncing Zune like app… that would be awesome. Pretty sure Google will sort a browser based media player pretty soon, and possibly even integrate it into Chrome… they'll need to do something like that for Chrome OS, so makes sense they'll make it sync with Android too… wirelessly?

    • Madwand

      Pretty soon…this was posted 11 months ago and still none.

  • eka

    it's good

  • oky

    what's that?

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  • ‘Thankfully, Android developers put their heads together, and decided to copy all the functionality of iTunes, and call it doubleTwist. Where the name came from, I have no idea. But this app is pure genius’.

    — They already copied the functionality of itunes yet couldn’t go all the way for a stand alone Media Sync/Organizer. The Doubletwist is YOU STILL need itunes for this slow hog to work! Apple should come up with a patch to block this media sync/organizer wannabe. I belive if you want to invest on a roid, you should put up with it’s shorcomings. Don’t you droid lovers love the idea of drag and drop? I guess not when you have tons of music files to sync! God knows what you will do if you have to restore you’re device.

  • Aydin

    i dont understand how this is any different from just transferring your music via USB…

  • JasRedd

    Won’t sort via “Position in Media Set.”  Example:  I have a single Album Title with two discs, and I don’t have Disc 1 and Disc 2 as part of the AT.  DT plays D1T1, then D2T1, etc.  iPod/iPhone plays tracks in proper order.  Have yet to find a media player that can lay a finger on iPhone, thinking of returning my Bionic and getting an iPhone…annoying.

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  • Lisa W

    I downloaded Doublt Twist on my laptop and on my Droid, but now I can’t get to the iTunes Store. What happened? The biggest problem is that our 11 year-old has an iPod but not a Droid, so he still needs to be able to access the iTunes Store. HELP!

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