CloudPlayer joins the Dark Side with new theme

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Feb 162016

If you’ve been following the development of CloudPlayer, you know we’ve been listening to your feedback, constantly improving our app since launch. Some of the most recent features and improvements we made were:

  • Artwork picker and tag editor
  • Folder browser and ability to exclude folders from library
  • Bookmarking support
  • Reduced memory use for import of large Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive libraries
  • Spanish, Portuguese and German language translations

The latest release also introduced a brand new theme engine and an easy on the eyes dark theme, perfect for night owls and fallen Jedis alike. Give it a spin!

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Android Wear, Android Auto & AllPlay support

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Oct 122015

The latest release of doubleTwist CloudPlayer brings support for Android Wear and Android Auto, helping you control your music from your wrist or from your car stereo while zipping down the highway. This works not only with songs stored locally on your phone but also for all the music that’s on your Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive. We’ve effectively brought Android Wear and Android Auto support to your favorite cloud service.

We’ve also added AllPlay support, making CloudPlayer the only music app that supports Chromecast, AirPlay and AllPlay out of the box. So go ahead and stream your latest playlist to your Chromecast Audio, Apple TV or AllPlay speakers. We’ve got you covered. Get it now from the Play Store: doubleTwist CloudPlayer.

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Introducing CloudPlayer

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Jun 162015

Today we are launching a major new app called CloudPlayer™.

With CloudPlayer, anyone can turn their favorite cloud service into a giant personal jukebox. We are launching on Android first and will support Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive out of the box.

We created CloudPlayer to provide an alternative to crippled, proprietary cloud music lockers that impose painful restrictions on what you can do with the music you own. These user-hostile terms are usually hidden in the fine print of cloud music offerings by major corporations and impose arbitrary limits on the number of “authorized devices”, restrict the number of times you can download your music, and penalize music enthusiasts who own multiple gadgets or frequently upgrade their phones and firmware.

CloudPlayer is a next-generation music player that can manage and stream your personal music collection no matter where it’s stored. It supports hi-fidelity lossless audio, and universal casting to Chromecast and AirPlay devices. For example, you can stream a song from your OneDrive or Dropbox to your Apple TV or Chromecast. You can even link multiple cloud services, which comes in handy when you have a large music library or wish to listen to music uploaded by another family member.

Our philosophy at doubleTwist has always been to break down walls that large corporate entities build around their platforms to lock you down and we believe CloudPlayer achieves this.

CloudPlayer features a snappy material design UI, premium sound, lossless audio, bass boost, 10-band EQ, ability to select songs and playlists for offline playback, and built-in AirPlay and Chromecast support.

Get it now from the Play Store and take back control of your music.
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Magic Radio gets AirPlay & AllPlay support

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Jul 152014

Our latest doubleTwist Music Player Android update brings something magical: now you can blast your favorite Magic Radio stations on your AirPlay-compatible speakers or stream music through your Apple TV, directly from your Android phone.

With our long history in digital media interoperability, we are proud to offer the only streaming service on Android that supports AirPlay out of the box. We have also added support for Qualcomm AllPlay, an open audio streaming platform that will soon be bundled into wireless speakers by companies such as Panasonic.

And as if that wasn’t enough, we are releasing a system image you can install on a Raspberry Pi, so you can inexpensively build your own streaming box. Whether you are a developer or a music enthusiast, you can quickly turn a Raspberry Pi into a music streaming endpoint, without getting locked into proprietary platforms.

So go ahead, remove your headset, relax and pump up that volume!

AirPlay Magic Radio

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AirPlay support for Google Play Music

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Apr 222014

In Android 4.1 Google introduced a system-wide plugin API for streaming devices. Originally developed for the Nexus Q, Google now uses the API for their Chromecast device. The same API was also recently used by Sonos to enable the Google Play Music app to stream cloud music to Sonos devices.

Today we released an “AirPlay for Android” package that adds an AirPlay music streaming plugin using this new API. Applications that take advantage of Android’s new plugin API automatically gain AirPlay music support when our plugin is installed. This includes Google Play Music, with one caveat: the Google Play Music app is currently using a whitelist and filtering out plugins other than Nexus Q and Sonos. If your device is rooted, we automatically patch the whitelist so that you can enjoy your Google cloud music on your favorite AirPlay device.

Instructions:

  1. Install the doubleTwist AirPlay for Android package
  2. Launch the Google Play Music app and tap the Cast (streaming) button
  3. Grant root access when prompted (this patches the plugin whitelist)
  4. Force stop the Google Play Music app and relaunch it
  5. AirPlay devices on your WiFi network should now appear when tapping Cast

Note that occasionally you may need to redo step #4 (Force stop) due to Google redownloading the whitelist from their servers.

 

AirPlay support for Google Play Music

Open Sourcing our Generic Drawer Layout

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Apr 162014

Back in August last year we were in the middle of redesigning the doubleTwist Music Player. Following the best practices of the platform we included a navigation drawer to quickly switch between the available top level categories within the app.

doubleTwist’s UI has long included a sort of ‘bottom drawer’ as well, much like what the Google Play Music app has these days. So, instead of integrating the support library’s DrawerLayout, we decided to create our own ViewGroup that allowed for drawers on all sides of the screen. ADrawerLayout was born.

On top of drawers on arbitrary sides of the screen, ADrawerLayout also allows customisation of how the content behaves when scrolling any of the drawers. We weren’t quite sure of how we wanted it in the end so we added a few adjustable parameters to experiment a little bit. Those parameters included:

  • the content paralax factor for both the x and y axis (independent), which tells you how much the content will move as you slide any of the drawers, 
  • dimming color/alpha of the content overlay
  • scale, alpha and xyrotation animation parameters for the content view.

In contrast to DrawerLayout, ADrawerLayout will accept swipe movements starting on any part of the screen, instead of just the edge. But it also includes a setRestrictTouchesToArea(int drawerId, int areaSize) method that allows you to customise this behavior, should your content require it (seek bars, some scrollable views, etc).

Additionally, ADrawerLayout has a peekSize{Right|Left|Top|Bottom} parameter (dimension) that makes a drawer always show a little bit of itself. By default, a ‘peeking’ drawer will only be draggable through touches inside its ‘peek area’.

We’re making ADrawerLayout publicly available for all the Android developers out there so if you are one and have been looking for something like this, give it a try and let us know how it works for you. Bug reports, pull requests or just comments are all very welcome!

See it in action:

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Record iTunes radio with AirPlay recorder for Windows

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Mar 072014

Over the past several weeks we heard from a lot of PC users who were asking us to bring doubleTwist AirPlay Recorder to Windows. We heard you loud and clear: now you can start saving iTunes radio streams for offline playback on your Windows PC.

doubleTwist AirPlay Recorder for Windows works just like the Mac version and appears as an AirPlay device in iTunes.

To start recording radio from iTunes:

1) Select ‘dT Recorder’ from the AirPlay menu in iTunes
2) Start playing an iTunes audio or online radio stream

Recorded audio is saved to your Music folder under “Recorder”. You can record 10 sec samples for free, or upgrade to the full version for $9.99.

Download doubleTwist AirPlay Recorder for Windows.

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Record iTunes radio with AirPlay Recorder for Mac

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Feb 162014

Today we are launching our popular doubleTwist AirPlay Recorder on the Mac, bringing Mac users the ability to save iTunes radio streams for offline playback.

doubleTwist AirPlay Recorder is easy to use and appears as an AirPlay device in iTunes.

To start recording:

1) Select ‘dT Recorder’ from the iTunes AirPlay menu
2) Start playing an audio or radio stream in iTunes

Recorded audio is saved to your music folder under “Recorder”. You can record 10 sec samples for free, or upgrade to the full version for $9.99.

Download doubleTwist AirPlay Recorder for Mac (requires Mac OS X 10.7.3 or higher).

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KitKat has never been so delicious

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Nov 262013

doubleTwist KitKat release
Our new release today brings KitKat support and introduces a delicious new UI that takes advantage of the full screen real estate of an Android device, automatically adapting to tablet look for larger screens, while maintaining a consistent design language across all form factors.

When you launch the app you’ll be welcomed with a rich visual experience, making heavy use of album and artist images, tailored to today’s higher resolution screens. We also addressed the challenge of managing music in a touch interface by introducing a powerful new multi-select mode, simplifying common music player actions such as playlist management, play queue editing and creation of new Magic Radio stations based on Artists, Albums or Playlists.

More specifically, the new doubleTwist release brings:

  • Artist bios & images for a visually-rich music browsing experience
  • Multi-select mode for easier music management: you can now easily create new playlists, batch-add songs to the Play Queue, delete songs, etc
  • Ability to launch Magic Radio stations directly from your music library: you can now easily create new Magic Radio stations while browsing your music library by Artist, Album, Song or Playlist.
  • Navigation, album art and album search improvements.
  • Free, ad-supported Podcast management for users who have not upgraded to doubleTwist Pro.

It’s easy to dismiss a minimal redesign as easy. After all, how hard can it be when the amount of visual elements is reduced? It was actually quite a challenge to create something minimal and well balanced that still communicated our ‘signature’ style to users. Our application had matured quite a bit, offering lots of complex features, from Magic Radio to playlist management, that are more easily presented with more complex visual elements. To present things well and preserve a great-looking layout, we did a lot of experimenting.

A good example is the navigation: we didn’t want to simply give it a new coat of minimal paint, but redesign it so it felt at home with the new conventions of slide-out navigation in Android KitKat. It was also designed to be consistent across all devices, from tablets to phones.

We’re really happy with how our redesign turned out — and hope you’ll love it too!

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doubleTwist Sync for Windows

We completely reinvented the doubleTwist Windows app to make it lighter, faster and more powerful.

The new app — doubleTwist Sync — features a beautiful UI and brings highly requested features such as:

  • MTP support: now you can quickly sync thousands of songs to your phone or tablet from your local music library over USB.
  • Complete integration with iTunes: doubleTwist Player on your Android now automatically pushes ratings, playcounts and playlist edits back to iTunes, keeping everything up to date.
  • More sync options: You can now sync music based on Artists, Albums, Genres or Playlists you previously created in iTunes or Windows Media Player.

The new Windows app works seamlessly with doubleTwist Music Player for Android to deliver a truly amazing music experience whether you Sync, Listen or Stream. From doubleTwist Sync, to doubleTwist Music Player and Magic Radio, you can now do it all without sacrificing ease of use.

Our vision has always been to deliver to you music without boundaries and we believe doubleTwist Sync is another step in that direction, breaking the artificial walls that Apple, Google and Microsoft build around their platforms to constrain you.

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