Saturday, September 24, 2011

iTunes to Android

Many users who come from the iOS realm of media are worried about what to do with their iTunes media collection. I consistently see people using their iPod (any version) for music, and their Android device for everything else. There are apps and desktop software to help with the migration. Two good programs I have found and Winamp and Doubletwist. Both are still very tied to the desktop but offer the key addition of wireless sync. Winamp has free wireless sync built in but currently, no way to download podcasts and sync with ease. Doubletwist has the podcast download and sync capability but sells its AirSync (a.k.a. wireless sync) ability as a paid add-on. Both offer the key feature of importing the user's iTunes media, playlists, etc to play on the Android device. This allows for the continued use of iTunes to purchase media and syncing to Android to make it the all in one device it can be. On a side note, both apps have lockscreen controls so the user does not have to unlock the device to go from track to track.

As far as podcasts go, I use Google Listen download and listen to my podcasts. In short, I like it because it is free, syncs with Google Reader (so if you switch devices but use the same account, all your subscriptions are still there) and offers the user the ability to download new episodes over WiFi and/or mobile data (i.e. 4G, 3G, Edge, etc).

Market Links
Doubletwist

Winamp

Google Listen