The Complete Package I: DoubleTwist
Whereas using your device’s mass storage capabilities for transferring your valuable MP3s might be the barest of solutions, users that enjoy full-fledged packages that will do all the work for them are in good hands as well. The first example here is DoubleTwist, an app aimed at providing an entire music management ecosystem, essentially transforming your Android phone into a fully capable music synchronization device.
As DoubleTwist has received its own series here at Bright Hub, the app's inner workings are laid out already. However, in this context we will explain the two main methods of music synchronization, namely through USB or wireless.
The USB method is what has driven DoubleTwist to the level of popularity it currently enjoys. The concept is not too groundbreaking, with a DoubleTwist music application residing on your Android device communicating with the desktop software. This method much resembles how the iPhone works with iTunes. It is a system that just works and you will enjoy a sound method of music synchronization and organization.
The second method builds on the first method’s principle, but with the exception of the USB cable. Airsync is a (paid) plugin that enables wireless synchronization between your device and your laptop. Theoretically this method could be the be-all-and-end-all of syncing music on Android. However, the Airsync method has yielded mixed comments in the Android Market, as some users are reporting bugs. Proceed with caution!