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DoubleTwist for AndroidWith free apps for Android devices and Windows and Mac computers, doubleTwist gives Android users a very iTunes-like music management experience, as well as a few premium features even Apple doesn't yet offer.
WhatÃ¯Â¿Â½s up guys and gals, IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Antuan Goodwin welcoming you to Tap that App, the show where we take a look at the hottest apps for your mobile device. One of the biggest issues that I had when switching to the Android platform was the lack of music management software Ã¯Â¿Â½ la AppleÃ¯Â¿Â½s iTunes ecosystem. I mean who wants to manually drag folders full of MP3 to and from their SD card? ThatÃ¯Â¿Â½s when I found Doubletwist, an app that touts itself as the Ã¯Â¿Â½iTunes for Android,Ã¯Â¿Â½ but itÃ¯Â¿Â½s much more than that. The Doubletwist ecosystem is split into a few discrete parts that you can install separately. The Doubletwist app for Android itself is a replacement music player that allows you to browse your music by artist, album, etc, as well as view videos, listen to podcasts, and stream Internet radio stations. ThereÃ¯Â¿Â½s also Amazon MP3 Store integration for those whoÃ¯Â¿Â½d like to make in-app album purchases. The Doubletwist desktop software for Mac and PC is a full featured music management application that allows you to subscribe to podcasts and organize your massive music, photo, and video libraries. You can even import your music library and playlists from iTunes and Windows Media player. There are a ton of options for deciding what media gets synced to your device. The desktop software for windows can be a bit sluggish for our tastes at times, but the pros here far outweigh the cons. Both the Android app and desktop software are free and allow syncing over USB, but Doubletwist does have another trick up its sleeve for those willing to be parted with the $1.99 it will cost to do so. Doubletwist AirSync is a paid Android app that allows the Doubletwist media players on you phone and on you computer to communicate and sync over Wi-Fi, so you can sync the latest episode of your favorite podcasts and the newest album purchase without having to go digging for a USB cable. AirSync speed is a bit slower than USB, but ultimately depends on the speed of your wireless network. AirSync also includes a neat feature called AirTwist that allows users to stream music from certain Android devices to their Xbox360 or PS3 console over WiFi. WeÃ¯Â¿Â½d definitely recommend that you tap the Doubletwist app for Android and the Doubletwist desktop software if youÃ¯Â¿Â½re looking for a more automated way to manage your massive media library. If you like the wired experience, you may want to go ahead and give AirSync a try too, but weÃ¯Â¿Â½re not 100% certain that all of you will want to go that far. ThatÃ¯Â¿Â½s it for this weekÃ¯Â¿Â½s show. Got an app that youÃ¯Â¿Â½d like to see tapped? Send your suggestions to TapThatApp@cnet.com. IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Antuan Goodwin and if youÃ¯Â¿Â½ll excuse me, IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve got some podcasts to catch up on...