I suspect that I am in a large majority that wondered when wireless syncing of data between computer and phone would finally make its way to the mainstream user. I figured Apple would make some grandiose announcement and hold a huge event broadcasting to the world about "one more thing..." Instead, I read a short blurb on my Flipboard about how doubleTwist, an app that I already had on my Droid X phone, had quietly released a new application called AirSync. The app claims to let you wirelessly sync your iTunes playlists, photos, and videos using your home Wi-Fi network. So, what's the real story behind the experience? Find out after the jump.
|Reminded me of long iTunes backup...no!!!|
Apparently, I was already too late for the 99-cent offer as the app was $1.99 when I purchased it, though rumors have it increasing to $4.99 after an initial promotional period. Once installed on my Droid X, I upgraded my version of doubleTwist on a Macbook Pro, and proceeded with what was a smooth setup process. I enabled AirSync on my phone, entered a passcode when doubleTwist recognized my phone, and a sync was underway.
|That's what you want to see - a completed status bar!|
|doubleTwist on the PC|
It should be noted that not all users are having a flawless experience using AirSync. However, there is a dedicated AirSync forum run by doubleTwist, and an administrator that seems to respond promptly to questions.
This is the Future
doubleTwist has taken a fine leap into what is likely the future of syncing media between computers and mobile devices. I would not be surprised to see a similar feature released by Apple and possibly Google itself that takes advantage of the freedom enjoyed by wireless sync. As a heavy mobile user, I rarely need to connect my phone to my computer, since all of the applications I rely upon the most (calendars, email, contacts, and apps) are all available through the cloud. Now that I can do the same with my music, it’s one more reason why I won’t need that USB cable nearby anymore.
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