DoubleTwist for Android review: Best music player on Android so far

DoubleTwist (Android)

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4.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good DoubleTwist makes it easy to sync music between your Android device and desktop. It is easy to use and offers a ton of nifty features like a podcast directory, streaming radio, and cover-flow view.

The Bad No links to relevant artist or album information from across the Web.

The Bottom Line DoubleTwist is the best music player we've seen on Android. And with the premium AirSync upgrade (highly recommended), it makes it a snap to sync and transfer music between your mobile device and your desktop.

8.8 Overall
  • Installation and Setup 10.0
  • Features and Support 9.0
  • Interface 8.0
  • Performance 10.0

If there is an adequate iTunes-like music player available on Android, DoubleTwist is it. It is an incredibly simple app that lets you keep your personal collection organized, sync to your desktop, play live radio, and even subscribe to podcasts. It can also function as a video player, though it is unquestionably best for listening to tunes.

DoubleTwist opens up to a dashboard of icons for all of your primary music functions. It doesn't have the prettiest interface in the world, but it also doesn't have a particularly unattractive one. More importantly, though, the interface's functions are clear, and navigation is intuitive. Its color scheme is dark, but clean lines and sharply designed buttons set it apart from eyesores like Winamp . What's more, DoubleTwist comes with home-screen widgets and controls for your Android lock screen when the app is active.

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The dashboard may not be a stunner, but it is certainly clean, simple, and equipped with the functions you need. Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET

With a single tap from the dashboard, you can browse your music collection by artist, album, genre, or song title, or you can access your playlists. No matter how you decide to sift through your collection, you can play any song with a single tap. Conveniently, each song also has a "+" button next to it, in case you simply want to add it to your queue. From the dashboard, you can swipe right for app settings or swipe left to see a list of your locally stored videos. Because everything is so neatly organized, it is easy to zip around the app.

The Now Playing screen (which is always accessible from other parts of the app via slide-up bar at the bottom of the screen) offers a nifty Cover Flow-like view that showcases album art and gives you a peek at previous and next songs. You can also switch to a simpler list view if you prefer. Basic playback controls are at the bottom of the Now Playing screen along with a share button, which lets you post what you're listening to on Twitter or Facebook. Premium users can hit the graphic equalizer button to make granular adjustments to their sound quality.

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The Cover Flow-like view adds a level of polish that some competitors such as Winamp lack. Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET

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