October 28, 2011, 8:00 AM — The world of Android phones has one significant difference from that of iOS phones: the lack of a single desktop-to-phone connecting application.
As much as the iTunes-or-else interface between iOS devices and a PC or Mac is derided, there is something to be said for being able to connect with PC and Mac devices via a single, known application. In Android-land, there is little uniformity, though some good apps exist, usually in the form of apps that sync with Google services, which in turn, can be accessed from your PC.
In that respect, Android has been able to go one better than iOS. The ability to access music and files from any computer with a browser -- including your Android phone -- has been very useful. But now, with the release of iOS 5 and the capabilities of iCloud matching some of Google's services, that advantage has been equalized somewhat.
The one universal constant for content syncing has to be music. More than any other file type, these are the files that need to be managed the most with any portable device.
There are two ways of getting music files to your Android device. There's the manual way, where you connect the phone to the PC of your choice (Windows, Mac, or Linux) and treat the Android device and its SD card as a removable drive. Then it's simply a matter of copying files over to your phone via your favorite file manager.
This is certainly an effective way, but it's rather inelegant. Not to mention that moving music files around by their filenames alone might not accurately reflect what tracks are getting moved and copied.
A better solution, though, is to use a music management app to sync with music on your computer, in much the same way iTunes users do with their iOS devices. And there happens to be quite a few options for audiophiles to use.
doubleTwist is a highly rated application that enables users to sync with iTunes music, podcasts, and videos.
Installing doubleTwist was easy on the Android device as well as the Windows and OS X versions. (There is no Linux version to date.
The free version of doubleTwist enables full synchronization of as much music that will fit on your phone, via a wired USB connection. If you want over-the-air synchronization, you will need to pay an additional $4.99 to obtain the AirSync add-on for doubleTwist.