16
May
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DoubleTwist fans, we have some good news and some bad news. Since it's Friday and you're probably in a pretty good mood, let's start with the bad: as of today's update, DoubleTwist can no longer import pinned Play Music tracks. Why? Because Google put the hammer down. You knew it was only a matter of time, right? Yeah, you did.

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With that bit of grimness out of the way, this update also brings a couple of improvements, like the ability to stream to Qualcomm AllPlay Wi-Fi speakers. Also, you can now sync music directly to the sandbox folder on the SD card of KitKat devices. Be aware, however, that due to limitations within Android, all the content synced to the card will be deleted if DoubleTwist is uninstalled. Don't say you haven't been warned. Windows users will need to grab the latest version of the DT client in order to take advantage of this feature.

All in all, it's a bit of a bittersweet update. Hit the widget to grab it.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

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  • Guest

    what's Qualcomm AllPlay Wi-Fi speakers ?

    • http://www.twitter.com/farantzos Monique Farantzos

      AllPlay speakers are AirPlay/Sonos-like wireless speakers that will be hitting the market starting this summer from various OEMs.

  • Brandon Watkins

    Well the lack of google play music just killed all my happiness...Getting tired of paying 9.99 for music that is completely stuck ..Google is starting to get a little apple like...slowly but surely.

    I miss the freedom android apps used to have.

    • Jaredsutter

      Would you expect to play a Netflix video using a third-party video player? Google gives you access to their entire music library (with some exceptions) for a reasonable monthly fee. The music isn't yours to do with as you please. At least, like Netflix and unlike Apple, they provide apps on several popular platforms so that you can access the service from almost any device.

      • http://www.twitter.com/farantzos Monique Farantzos

        This is nothing like the Netflix analogy. Our Play Music import support was for your own music that you had uploaded to the Google cloud and subsequently pinned for local offline access. In other words, Google does not want you to listen to your own music (not subscription music, which is encrypted) in any other apps. Even iPhone users have access to their iTunes tracks from 3rd party apps. So much for Android being "open". Google Play music is like a roach motel: music goes in, but never comes out.

        • Jaredsutter

          Nobody is paying 9.99 a month to listen to their own music, they pay for the All Access subscription (referring to Brandon's comment). The music locker service is free. You can use the music that you uploaded however you want, including sideloading it onto your device and playing it with any music player you like. You can also download copies of uploaded music back onto a computer.

          I understand that there are limitations with what you can do when you pin music for offline playback using the Android app, even though it is your own music. But the only reasons that I can see for using Play Music at all are:
          1. All Access (Subscription)
          2. To reduce or eliminate music stored locally, free up storage space
          3. An online backup

          If you are using it for reasons 1 or 2, obviously you will have to use the Play Music app to stream the music to you. If you are using it for reason 3, but you want to get your music stored locally onto your phone, there are plenty of ways to get it there that are faster and more manageable than downloading it all from Play Music.

          I like options, I understand the complaint that they are taking away an option. But I also understand Google's desire to make sure this system is kept tidy to keep labels happy, and I think the use case for this particular option is pretty limited, and the alternatives are numerous. Therefore, I think the outrage is a little over the top.

          • http://www.twitter.com/farantzos Monique Farantzos

            We implemented this feature specifically because it was a popular request from users. There are many users who upload their music to the Google cloud because it's "free" but want to listen to it from the music player of their choice.

            The least that Google could do is implement interoperability of pinned tracks with other apps. Apple already has this level of interoperability on the iPhone: an iTunes Match user can download a track to their iPhone and the track is immediately available to 3rd party iPhone music apps. Sorry, but I don't see why Google decided to cripple the user experience here, other than to achieve user lock-in.