doubleTwist with Magic Radio for Android – Review

On May 14, 2013

App Type: Android

doubleTwist with Magic Radio for Android – Review

Our rating:

By: doubleTwist

Version #: 2.0.2

Date Released:

Developer: doubleTwist

Price: free

User Rating:

doubleTwist with Magic Radio is an app that allows you to enjoy your synced music over WiFi, stream music, videos and photos to Xbox 360, PS3 and Apple TV, and have a “magic” radio of personalized streaming music from a catalog of over 13 million songs. But, there’s a problem: the radio isn’t magical, at all.

The Good

There’s really nothing special about the music player, but it does what it is supposed to do: play your music.  It does look great, though, with a black background and shiny silver icons.  The UI is smooth and effortless, and syncing is easy.  You can also subscribe to podcasts, and there are a lot of podcasts to choose from, all of which are organized categorically.  There are blogs for all types of listeners: sports fans, gamers, comic book geeks, and movie fans.

The Bad

Unfortunately, the good features that would make it a stand-out application are not free, and are quite costly. A task as simple as downloading album art will cost you a one-time payment of $4.99; a service that is free on iTunes and just about every other music software on the Google Play market. The “Magic Radio” isn’t free either, which is absolutely absurd. You can get a free 7 day trial, but after your 7 days are up, the radio will cost you $3.99 per month. Ridiculous. For those keeping score at home, this music app will cost you at least $8.98 if you want it to do more than just play music.

The Ugly Truth

doubleTwist with Magic Radio is an app that is greatly hindered by the company’s attempt to make money. Seriously, are you charging for album art? The marketplace is filled with apps that do the same thing for free.  Google Play Music is a much better app than this, and there really isn’t a reason you should have to pay for radio apps, as there are a plethora of options in the marketplace for you to choose from instead (TuneIn Radio, iHeartRadio, Slacker, Pandora, etc).

Quick Take

Value:Very low.

Would I Buy Again:No.

Learning Curve:Low.

Who Is It For:Suckers...

What I Like:Nice UI, podcast subscriptions.

What I Don't Like:High cost if you want to do anything other than listen to your music collection.

Final Statement:This app isn't worth your time, due to its unfortunately costly extra features that would separate it from the other apps in the marketplace.

Read the Developer's Notes:
"The Cure for iTunes withdrawal" -- New York Times

Are you tired of using multiple apps for things that your iPod could do out of the box? Download doubleTwist Player and get the best all-in-one music, podcast, radio, video & sync app:

? Enjoy Magic Radio, a personalized streaming service that seamlessly blends music from your music library with new music uniquely tailored to your musical taste from a catalog of over 13 million songs.
? Sync music (including iTunes playlists) to your phone from your Mac/PC over USB or AirSync over WiFi.
? Download legal, high-quality album artwork for your music.
? Smart Playlists for easy access to your Top Rated and Most Played songs.
? Subscribe to podcasts without needing a Mac/PC and get new episodes downloaded automatically over 3G or WiFi.
? Stream music, videos and photos to the Xbox 360, PS3, Sonos, and Apple TV (black model; AirPort Express not yet supported).

doubleTwist Player is a free download and there is a choice of in-app upgrades for premium features such as AirSync and podcast management. Alternatively, you can upgrade to doubleTwist Pro and get the three premium features bundled together at a discount.

doubleTwist is handmade with ? in San Francisco.

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