Despite Android's majority market share, Android lags behind both iOS and Windows Phone when it comes to its music ecosystem and stock apps. The flip side of this coin are the third-party developers who can create music apps that take advantage of the openness of the Android platform. One of the best third-party music apps for Android is the freshly updated DoubleTwist.
Many mobile developers struggle to find the balance between offering a usable interface for a small touch screen and providing enough features to contend with the competition. DoubleTwist does an admirable job providing the most popular functions on the surface of the app without overwhelming the user, but still letting power users access all of the features and tools they desire.
With the latest update (1.6.1), DoubleTwist improves with a redesigned home screen and offers quick access to your favorite artists, albums, songs, and playlists. The “playing” screen now displays album art, and allows you to swipe to the left or right to switch tracks.
Premium upgrades for DoubleTwist provide additional functionality at a cost. AirSync lets you wirelessly synchronize music from your PC to your Android, and will also stream your media to an Xbox, PS3, or Apple TV. The Music Lover upgrade adds a graphic equalizer, letting you fine-tune your sound to your listening preferences.