Today we released a delicious update to CloudPlayer introducing two highly requested features: a Sleep Timer and for the lucky ones on Android 7.1 & higher, app shortcuts. With CloudPlayer’s new app shortcuts you can launch straight into the Up Next screen to view your play queue, browse your recently added & top rated songs or launch Magic Radio. Plus we also made improvements to the Android Auto voice query support so you can more easily change music in your car. And for those of you who prefer to listen to your music offline, we also updated doubleTwist Pro with the same great features.
A while back, we released CloudPlayer, an open Play Music alternative that links with Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive so you can listen to all your music, everywhere without restrictions or phone storage limitations. But what if you don’t want to use your precious wireless data? In the past several months, we’ve been working on a complete revamp of our older and more well known app, doubleTwist Classic Player, which is optimized for offline listening and music sync. Today, we’re making available for public testing on the Play Store an alpha version of doubleTwist Classic, that was built fresh from the ground up.
The new doubleTwist Classic introduces a streamlined material design UI and features:
- Lossless support (ALAC, FLAC & 24-bit audio)
- 10-band EQ, bass boost and other premium sound options (premium)
- Advanced sorting options and folder navigation
- Metadata & artwork editor
- Android Wear & Android Auto support
- AirSync support for syncing with Mac/PC (premium)
- AirPlay & Chromecast support (premium)
Missing features that are planned for a future release include gapless, crossfade, podcast support, UPnP/DLNA support and AirPlay video support.
One year ago we launched doubleTwist CloudPlayer, a powerful music player that lets you build your own, personal music streaming service. CloudPlayer integrates directly with Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive, creating a giant cloud jukebox that can be easily accessed and managed from any Android device.
Now we’re taking CloudPlayer one step further, by introducing cloud playlists. Cloud playlists used to be a feature of subscription music services. Not anymore. CloudPlayer remembers and restores the playlists you create, so you can buy a new phone or use a second device without worrying about losing your playlists. CloudPlayer playlists can contain songs from multiple sources: Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive as well as songs locally stored on your phone. It doesn’t matter where your songs are stored, CloudPlayer takes care of the complexity so you can sit back and enjoy your music.
Cloud playlists are available to all CloudPlayer users, even the ones who haven’t upgraded to the premium version of the app. The update is available starting later today from the Play Store.
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!
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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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.
It’s no secret that at doubleTwist, we’re constantly working on improving the design and usability of our apps. You can read about our long design process for something as ‘simple’ as an Alarm Clock app – we are still very proud of doubleTwist Alarm, and its success! For our latest major release, the newly updated doubleTwist player, I’d like to take a little trip down memory lane so I can explain what made us a little slower to introduce this new, ‘Holo’ version of doubleTwist.
When our Android player first came out, Android looked very different:
In fact, it was a given that Android was still in a phase of dynamic and constant change. The user interface of Android was simply struggling to find an identity, a visual style that it could truly own and be recognized by. At doubleTwist, we’d certainly found our own look and feel, but it’s a real challenge for a designer to come up with a design for an application on a platform that hasn’t truly found its own ‘native’ appearance yet. Not only was Android rather garish looking, it was also changing its UI guidelines and styles very often. When we first launched, it had just made several complete U-turns on design guidelines: for instance, where Google at first advised icons to be designed in a slanted, 3D perspective, icons were now to be flat, without any kind of perspective, using minimal decoration. This trend of sudden drastic changes in design styles continued as Android grew older: the system font for Android changed, green and orange highlight colors were phased out, and with Android version 3.0 a new design style called ‘Holo’ was introduced. I was very interested in Holo: I felt like the design team at Google was on to something with its simple lines and flat surfaces.
However, as you may be able to understand from our history (and Android’s!), we were reluctant to adopt an entirely new design style for doubleTwist. We hadn’t simply pushed out a design and maintained its appearance: as Android shifted in its user interface conventions and appearance, we tried our best to change with it and look like we belonged and fit in, without investing too much into the visual style of a single Android release.
Fortunately for us and all developers, Google stuck to Holo – and while it is refining the style, its basic concepts and core principles remain somewhat consistent. We’ve waited long enough: it’s time for doubleTwist to adapt. We’ve heard your requests and Google’s and we’re now pushing out what is the first part of a major redesign: the Holo Release, stage 1.
We haven’t simply adopted Holo, but worked to incorporate everything great about Google’s latest and best designs to bring doubleTwist fully in line with their conventions and design patterns. Navigation throughout the app now uses the Up button, we use the system action bar with accessible actions for any screen (for instance, switching between methods of viewing albums in Album view), but we haven’t lost our smooth and good-looking dark style in the process. We took a lot of care to balance the clean and crisp look of Holo with our own aesthetic and I think it turned out fantastic.
doubleTwist Player now has a whole slew of new screens that work in both portrait and landscape, with often optimized layouts for landscape devices and usage modes.
But hopefully you’ll also see smaller changes: with the care we put into typographically redesigning every single view and changing the color and layout to be more pleasing, something as simple as a list view of songs now looks fantastic. We really minded the details: even though we had very intensely custom-designed alert dialogs and prompts in the past, but we’ve completely redesigned these to be Holo-compliant. Our new alerts are lightweight and designed with clean, well laid out typography and with occasional use of color highlights.
All in all, we left no stone untouched. From the basic look and feel of icons in the main grid view, to the actual little app icon, to the smoothness of animations, we’ve worked very hard to make this new, lighter and redesigned doubleTwist a pleasure to use and feel absolutely perfectly at home on Android – right now, and in the future.
We have more drastic changes and improvements planned for the future that will bring the doubleTwist experience to even more devices. We are also optimizing doubleTwist for larger screens and devices to create a stellar app that will blow you away. We hope you expect nothing less from us.
doubleTwist is handcrafted with ❤ in San Francisco.
— Sebastiaan de With, Chief Creative Officer