iTunes sync comes to Moto's Droid
Palm still prefers to cheat
Motorola's Droid smartphone, which runs Google's Android mobile operating system, may have only appeared on US shores last Friday, but you can already download a free app that'll sync it with iTunes.
The app, doubleTwist, isn't new - but its support for the Droid is. The app's parentage is also noteworthy, coming as it does from the fertile minds of a company co-founded by that illustrious enemy of DRM, DVD Jon (more formally known as Jon Lech Johansen).
In addition to syncing and sharing music, photos, and videos, doubleTwist also converts video to the codec appropriate for your device so that - in the words of the company's introductory video for Mac OS X - you "don't have to worry about geeky formats and settings." (A PC-centric video is available here.)
This latest public beta, which you can download here, isn't Droid specific - not by a long shot. The app's list of supported devices is a long one. Among Android phones, there's support for HTC's G1, Magic, and Hero, plus Samsung Galaxy and Moment. Blackberry support includes the Curve, Pearl, Storm, Bold, and Flip.
A raft of other phones from Sony Ericsson, LG, and Nokia are also supported, as well as other devices such as the Sony PSP and the Amazon Kindle (audio files only, of course). Support for the Nintendo DSi is coming soon. On the host side, doubleTwist supports Window 7, Vista, and XP, plus Mac OS 10.5, aka Leopard.
Interestingly, doubleTwist also supports the Palm Prē, giving that phone the iTunes syncing ability that has been the subject of an ongoing tug-of-war between Palm and Apple.
But coming as it does from a small, independent developer, doubleTwist - whether for Droid, BlackBerry, Hero or otherwise - does give weight to the argument that Palm's ongoing Prē hackathon is as much about publicity as connectivity. ®
@Windywoo; remove your tinfoil hat!
Did you know that under certain circumstances, that hat of yours will actually AMPLIFY or CONCENTRATE the microwaves?
In other words, as long as you've been using it, your noodles are probably cooked by now...
> Remind me again why Apple require you to use third party applications to synchronise your music library to non-Apple devices.
They don't. You are free to use any of the other music management applications available. Apple have never said you MUST use iTunes to manage or sync your music to non-Apple devices.
If you CHOOSE to buy music from the iTunes Store (other online music stores are available), then you use iTunes, but once you've downloaded it, you can manage it in any music management / syncing application of your choosing.
It's probably because it's their IPR.
Now stop being a d1ck, take the tinfoil hat off, and grow up.