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doubleTwist AirSync Beats Apple To The Punch

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.

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December 2, 2010, 12:47 pm

<p>The iSyncr app for Android has been doing Wireless Sync for quite some time now!!</p>

Neil B

December 2, 2010, 1:51 pm

<p>So, a feature that's been in Symbian devices for at least the last 5 years then...?</p>


December 2, 2010, 2:37 pm

<p>@Neil B So, a feature that's been in Symbian devices for at least the last 5 years then...?<br><br><br><br><br><br>Its not a feature until Apple Implement it...</p>


December 2, 2010, 3:20 pm

<p>@Neli B - Wait, symbian can wirlessly sync music? Can you explain how?</p>

Neil B

December 2, 2010, 3:45 pm

<p>@Stelph - DLNA. Maybe not sync but I can pull music off my PC and play it on my phone. Not something I use (more to do with my music listening habits than the technology), but I remember playing around with it when I got my first Symbian phone all that time ago.</p>

Hamish Campbell

December 2, 2010, 5:21 pm

<p>Wireless sync and DLNA streaming over wifi I'll agree involve wifi and music. But other than that ... pretty different use case there.</p>

Neil B

December 2, 2010, 6:34 pm

<p>@Haim. I'm not talking about streaming though, Symbian also allows you to transfer music from your PC to your phone. Agreed, this is not the same as syncing as it is not an automated process, but if you don't mind doing it manually, it is possible.</p>


December 2, 2010, 6:34 pm

<p>I'd be wary of boasting to any iPhone-owning friends about this, since it still requires me to use iTunes! Is there any application which enables easy wireless transfer of music using Winamp, or for that matter anything that isn't iTunes?<br><br><br><br><br><br>Cue the usual &amp;quot;iTunes is the best thing since sliced bread / worst thing since cholera&amp;quot; arguments ;)</p>


December 2, 2010, 6:51 pm

<p>@Neil B - Aha thanks, ill test that. I was just curious cause im testing an N8 (deciding if I want to keep it) and that would be more plus for the phone! The main plus so far being that it is able to actually get a signal in my office where as my previous iPhone never could...</p>


December 2, 2010, 8:11 pm

<p>Agree with MrGodfrey - what's the point if it needs iTunes? Part of the reason I upgraded from iPhone to Android was to get away from iTunes.<br><br><br><br><br><br>Surely it could just sync the folders that you specify? That way you can use any media management software of your choice (eg. MediaMonkey)</p>


December 2, 2010, 8:57 pm

<p>@MrGodfrey I'd be wary of boasting to any iPhone-owning friends about this, since it still requires me to use iTunes! Is there any application which enables easy wireless transfer of music using Winamp, or for that matter anything that isn't iTunes?<br><br><br><br><br><br>Try Googling &amp;quot;winamp wireless sync android&amp;quot;</p>


December 2, 2010, 10:28 pm

<p>You can download Winamp from android and use that to do the same thing. Maybe not as easy to setup but it works and saves having to use the worst program in existence ie iTunes.</p>


December 2, 2010, 10:40 pm

<p>LetsGo: I had previously tried searching this &amp;quot;Google&amp;quot; of which you speak, but couldn't find anything suitable and so was asking for recommendations. AFAIK the new version of Winamp with Android-syncing ability was only released about 2 days ago, so please forgive my ignorance :)</p>


December 3, 2010, 5:54 pm

<p>Symbian was so far ahead in all of this technology it makes me weep they don't get enough credit for it, and I've never even owned a Symbian handset. I remember a friend of mine doing all of this stuff (as well as tethering, video calling, remote control and remote file access) on his old Nokia E/N series a few years ago, and being amazed, yet it's only now such things are possible on other handsets that it gets reported. <br><br><br><br><br><br>Maybe that's because Symbian was TOO far ahead - the implications weren't so obvious?</p>

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