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DoubleTwist

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DoubleTwist is at its core a free music jukebox that offers content syncing to a variety of portable devices, including the BlackBerry, the PSP, and the iPod, as well as pretty much anything that can mount in Universal Mass Storage mode. One of the main draws of the program is that it can take your iTunes library and sync it to a variety of non-iPod players, an important feature for anyone who has ditched the ubiquitous device in favor of a music phone or other MP3 player.

In addition to acting as a music management app compatible with a variety of devices, the jukebox offers built-in support for Amazon MP3 Store purchases, which is in line with the company's goal to offer consumers choice when it comes to digital music management. Plus, the service includes a podcast aggregator for easily finding and subscribing to a variety of popular spoken-word content. More recently, DoubleTwist added an Android Market, which lets you browse apps and then use a bar code scanner to download them via your phone's camera. All of these features work incredibly well, though our praise for performance ends there.

We connected a variety of devices to DoubleTwist with varying results. It recognized our Sony Walkman effortlessly, though the time it took to sync just 150MB of content was excessive during testing. The program would not recognize our Motorola Droid as anything more than a generic USB device, and as such, we were unable to sync any media to the phone. Our other gripe has to do with music importing: the software imported multiple duplicates of nearly every song in our library, despite the fact they currently only live in one folder. This isn't a deal-breaker, but it does make the jukebox look unnecessarily cluttered.

DoubleTwist also incorporates automatic video transcoding for a lot of the supported devices, which is the feature that initially drew us to the software. However, the functionality is not without its pitfalls, such as the fact that the video transcoding--done during the syncing process--takes forever. Conversion speed was roughly two times the normal speed, so a 90-minute movie took 50 minutes or so to encode and transfer. Still, considering DoubleTwist offers this feature for free and integrates it so simply, we're willing to forgive the sluggishness.

Gripes aside, DoubleTwist delivers as advertised, and it certainly will be a useful solution for a lot of people. It offers a seamless connection with iTunes and lets users easily transfer that content to non-iPod devices. It also successfully converts video to a variety of formats suitable for whatever device is connected, and the process is invisible to the user, which makes it extremely straightforward--a lovely thing, considering the pain that is digital video formatting. Plus, the app includes integrated buttons for automatically publishing photos and videos to Flickr and YouTube.

DoubleTwist isn't without some flaws, but it gets the job done and it does it for free, so it's definitely worth checking out.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Beware of malware"

    March 26, 2014  |   By bogart9

    Version: DoubleTwist 3.2.2.17028

    Pros

    Didn't use it.

    Cons

    Installed malware so did not use it, deleted it immediately.

    Summary

    Wouldn't touch it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Installs malware"

    December 27, 2013  |   By kfjohn

    Version: DoubleTwist 3.2.2.17028

    Pros

    I had used DoubleTwist on a previous system and it seemed to work ok.

    Cons

    Installation installs malware named "Conduit" onto your system. I have uninstalled DoubleTwist and have spent the better part of the past day cleaning the remnants of Conduit from my system.

    Summary

    Decent functionality in DoubleTwist itself but definitely not worth sacrificing your browsers to Conduit malware.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Worked well for me"

    July 11, 2013  |   By laurij99

    Version: DoubleTwist 3.2.2.17028

    Pros

    Will play older song downloads on my computer that itunes won't.

    Cons

    It won't let me move songs around in a playlist.

    Summary

    I haven't downloaded it to my phone yet, so I can't speak about how it works there.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Malware! Do not download"

    June 16, 2013  |   By mat_burger

    Version: DoubleTwist 3.2.2.17028

    Pros

    There is noting good to mention about this application.

    Cons

    It installs a nasty piece of malware called Conduit. It hijacks every browser on your computer...including Chrome. Do a little Google or Bing searching for the terms "Doubletwist" and "Conduit" before even considering this.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Dreaded Beachball of Death"

    June 16, 2013  |   By SeverinWanderer

    Version: DoubleTwist 3.2.2.17028

    Pros

    Who knows? Can't get it to run.

    Cons

    See above.

    Summary

    Perhaps it's because I have a very large iTunes library (more than 150k songs). Or maybe it just doesn't like my older architecture (circa 2009 MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo with 8 gigs of RAM running 10.8.4). But for whatever reason, this app opens with the spinning beachball and never graduates to "play" mode. I hate iTunes with my every fibre, so I wanted to like this. But useless is as useless does, and that's what DoubleTwist is: useless.

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