Setting Up the Desktop Application
First of all, in order to use the desktop application it needs to be downloaded from the doubleTwist website. Both Windows and Mac versions are supported at this time. Once installed on the computer the user has the following menu options in the left panel of the application: DoubleTwist, Library, Playlists and Device. The ‘DoubleTwist’ item presents ‘Android Market’, ‘Podcast Search’ and ‘Music Store’ subcategories. Since the Android Market is (for now) view only, no apps can actually be downloaded from it. The podcast search (subscriptions are Windows only at the moment but coming to Mac soon) and music store, however, are interactive and support downloads that can be synced with your device afterwards.
The library item has ‘Music’, ‘Photos’ and ‘Videos’ subcategories, holding all your files that are waiting to be transferred to the device. It goes without saying that these items are also accessible and playable locally from within the application. The various libraries are pulled from the various designated folders on the computer. Through the ‘file’ menu on top, users can add custom folders to the library, which the doubleTwist application will then draw files from. Alternatively users can import music through iTunes, which plugs in to the application. Mac users will also see the option to use iPhoto as their source for photos, but the doubleTwist application does not support the folder system of native Mac applications. Selecting photos therefore becomes a bit of a tedious task if the library is of a considerable size. As the doubleTwist Android app does not have a photo-viewing mode, however, not many users will choose to export their photo libraries through the desktop application.
The playlists item is pretty self-explanatory. Users are either able to import playlists from iTunes or create custom ones. Even better, users are also able to have doubleTwist track playlist changes in iTunes so that they are always up to date in the application.