For some of us who love Apple products it’s hard to believe that not everyone has an iPhone, though nearly everyone uses iTunes to manage music and media.
Syncing iTunes music to an iPhone from Mac or PC is a simple process. What if you have a BlackBerry? Or, a new Android phone? Actually, that’s easy, too. All you need is a nifty Mac app called DoubleTwist. It’s like iTunes for everyone else.
It’s Not Always An iTunes World
Sure, iTunes is the choice to sync most portable media players. Provided those players all come from Apple. iPod, iPod touch, iPhone, iPad. They all sync up nicely using iTunes on Mac or PC.
Amazingly, other portable media devices exist. Can you say Android and BlackBerry?
That’s what makes DoubleTwist so valuable. It’s like having an iTunes app for those non-Apple devices that are increasingly popular these days.
Some of the teachers in our school are stuck on their BlackBerrys, the smart phones of yesteryear. Others have ventured away from the Apple fold and are experiencing the trials, tribulations, and sometimes deliverance of Android devices. Most of them still use iTunes to handle their music.
To keep it simple, DoubleTwist is like a thinner, slimmer, less complex iTunes for everything else that’s not Apple. TechCrunch magazine calls it “iTunes for Android.”
DoubleTwist looks and feels like iTunes. The left column displays your Library of music, your Playlists, your connected devices, even the Android Market for apps. Within DoubleTwist you can search for music on Amazon and get music that’s even lower priced than Apple’s iTunes Store.
Is that not totally familiar, or what?
It’s like using iTunes Lite. But you can still use iTunes so long as you buy music that’s MP3 or AAC without any DRM lock (digital rights management).
Syncing DoubleTwist to non-Apple devices is equally simple.
It’s not quite as easy as synchronizing an Apple device to iTunes, but it’s close.
DoubleTwist syncs most Android phones from the Google Nexus One to HTC’s newest models. It also syncs Palm Pre, a bunch of BlackBerry models, some Nokia phones, some older Motorola phones, and even iPod and iPhone (specific models vary).
What’s not to like about the little app that can do some of what iTunes does on devices where iTunes doesn’t?
The DoubleTwist web site offers details on how to sync your device to DoubleTwist, including photos and videos.
Some of my effort as a system administrator at a school with hundreds and hundreds of Macs and PCs, and a hundred teachers is to find alternative apps for those that stray from the Apple fold. Life is a little rougher and some phones just won’t sync, while others do just fine. So, DoubleTwist isn’t perfect, but the price is right. If iTunes Store is what’s keeping you away from that shiny new Android phone, DoubleTwist might be your new iTunes.