Remember that “Day you’ll never forget” that Apple promised us a couple of weeks ago? No? Well we’re not surprised, it was only the day the Beatles finally came to iTunes. But prior to that 'life-changing' announcement there had been some speculation that Steve Jobs would announce some cloud-based iTunes service to allow for seamless and wireless syncing of your media to all your iDevices.
Jobs did no such thing and now Android phone owners will have something to boast about to their iPhone-owning friends with the people behind media player doubleTwist announcing AirSync as part of its latest update, which allows (you've guessed it) wireless syncing. Beating Apple to the punch would only get under iPhone owners skin if it worked – and worked well of course.
doubleTwist is an application that allows for syncing your music, photos and movies from iTunes, to your non-Apple device. You can now link your Android device to your PC or Mac completely wire free and manage your media without any hassle. The desktop application and doubleTwist player for phones won't cost you a thing, though AirSync itself is $0.99 for the first 10,000 buyers and $4.99 after that.It is available now in the Android Market.
Setup requires just a passcode from you phone, which you put in on the PC side. From then on every time your device is in range and the app is open, your will be able to sync media from different sources without having to find the right wire or the right port. Synchronization will automatically start and stop as the user moves in and out of the WiFi range, so it's quite hassle free. The photo sync element of doubleTwist is for the moment only available to PCs and not Macs. While iPhone owners await such a service, AirSync is a similar function found with Zune on Windows Phone 7.
Interestingly, one of the main people behind doubleTwist is Jon Lech Johansen who in 1999, at the age of 15, wrote a program that could decrypt commercial DVDs thereby paving the way for the file-sharing phenomenon that threatened to bankrupt the music and movie industries (but didn't as it transpired). Johansen, in 2005, moved to California, where he reverse engineered FairPlay, the DRM software Apple was using to protect its media files."We saw there were a lot of devices out there, and none of them worked as well as they should," says Johansen and doubleTwist was born. Read all about Johansen and his fellow 'pirate' chums in this riveting article in 28804 2032304_2032746_2032903 00.html Time.