DoubleTwist Brings AirPlay Compatibility to Android
As noted by Engadget, doubleTwist has released a new version of its Android app offering support for Apple's AirPlay streaming standard.
As of version 1.4 it will stream music, videos or pictures to the Apple TV or other compatible devices while also claiming beta support for Sonos hardware. The DoubleTwist player is free, but using AirPlay means purchasing the $4.99 AirSync add-on that also enables wireless sync with your media library (iTunes) and streaming to DLNA or uPnP compatible devices.
Details are available in the updated app description for doubleTwist Player for Android:
- doubleTwist now supports AirPlay for users who have upgraded to AirSync. Stream to Apple TV (music, videos and photos) and DLNA devices (music and videos). Beta support for Sonos.
- When a supported device such as the Apple TV is recognized on the same WiFi network as your Android device, you can start streaming to it from the doubleTwist playback controls if you are an AirSync user.
doubleTwist has a long history with Apple, having been founded by Jon Lech Johansen ("DVD Jon"), who gained fame for reverse engineering both Apple's FairPlay digital rights management component for iTunes Store content and the Content Scramble System used to encrypt DVDs.
In 2008, the company debuted software for Windows and Mac that sought to replace iTunes as the media management hub for computer users, expanding its offerings in late 2009 to include an integrated version of the Amazon MP3 Store. The company has since focused considerable effort on the Android platform, seeking to simplify media management, integrating with the Android Market, and rolling out wireless media syncing via Wi-Fi.