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Android Music Management - Does it exist?
 
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Update: I've started a FAQ entitled "Media Synchronization" based on the feedback received form this article.  The full article can be found here.

iTunes LogoOne frustration with the Android devices is the lack of management software for your computer!
Wouldn't it be nice if you could manage the music on your phone with iTunes or Windows Media Player?

Has anybody written an application, driver or some form of module that allows you to Synchronize music with your Android phone?
If an application doesn't already exist, what would it take to write this?
Do we need an application written for the PC that works with current music tools to feed your Android phone?
Do we need an Android app the sucks the data from the PC? Is this even possible?
Or do we need both and Android and PC Application to work hand in hand?

What are your thoughts?  Any developers out there willing to give it a shot?

Comments (15)
  • Absolut
    It wouldn't be too hard. All you would have to do is write a basic Media Player/Manager that would open by default when the USBid of your Android Phone connected to it, or set it up not necessarily by USBid, but just opening for any Android phone(I know we have 5 in my house...). The one thing that you would probably have to get around is that you would have to still mount your SD card manually(not sure if you could have a program on the phone that could do this for you when it noticed you were connected to the PC). I might start working on some basics this weekend. Thanks for the idea Simon ;)
  • Gatekeeper  - Windows Explorer
    I manage my 16gb microsd using a utility called Windows Explorer. What else do you need really? I don't really understand the need for sync programs.

    Maybe if your whole music collection fits on your sdcard, I can see the ease of use in something like that. My collection at over 80gb isn't likely to fit on any microsd within the next few years. If I'm going to have to pick and choose which albums to include anyway, I don't get the advantage of a sync program.

    Now, if you have an itty-bitty music collection that you can keep the whole thing in sync with your device (or you have some way of storing stuff on a g1 that I don't know about) then I would just use something like an xcopy command, or even rsync to keep it together. Honestly why make it more complicated than that?
  • Perdido  - Winamp! it really whips the llama's a$$!
    winamp all day. it even allows you to download and upload to ipod's without removing all the data like itunes makes you do. (protected songs included.)
  • SimonNWalker  - re: Winamp! it really whips the llama's a$$!
    Perdido wrote:
    winamp all day. it even allows you to download and upload to ipod's without removing all the data like itunes makes you do. (protected songs included.)

    We are talking about Synchronizing to your Android phone. I don't think WinAmp has any support for this. Correct me if I'm wrong someone!
  • perdido  - winamp does sync
    Winamp will allow you to sync any playlist to any media storage disk. You simply click send u the playlist to the device. This allows all the search features u can normally use (artist , track, rating)
  • SimonNWalker  - re: Windows Explorer
    Gatekeeper wrote:
    I manage my 16gb microsd using a utility called Windows Explorer. What else do you need really? I don't really understand the need for sync programs.

    Maybe if your whole music collection fits on your sdcard, I can see the ease of use in something like that. My collection at over 80gb isn't likely to fit on any microsd within the next few years. If I'm going to have to pick and choose which albums to include anyway, I don't get the advantage of a sync program.

    Now, if you have an itty-bitty music collection that you can keep the whole thing in sync with your device (or you have some way of storing stuff on a g1 that I don't know about) then I would just use something like an xcopy command, or even rsync to keep it together. Honestly why make it more complicated than that?

    I have a very large collection also and I could not image trying to manage everything, file by file like you say. I see every justification for having a program to manage this. I only sync ...
  • Gatekeeper  - re: re: Windows Explorer
    SimonNWalker wrote:

    I have a very large collection also and I could not image trying to manage everything, file by file like you say. I see every justification for having a program to manage this. I only sync certain playlists to my iPod and change them often and I would love to be able to do the same with my Phone. It's very easy to manage with iTunes.


    Call me thick, but I don't use iTunes so I don't know. I still can't see the advantage. If you still have to pick-and-choose everything that goes and everything that stays, how is a sync manager better than drag-and-drop?
  • SimonNWalker  - re: re: re: Windows Explorer
    Quote:
    Call me thick, but I don't use iTunes so I don't know. I still can't see the advantage. If you still have to pick-and-choose everything that goes and everything that stays, how is a sync manager better than drag-and-drop?

    I guess it's more the way you can find albums and songs, you can easily sort and search and compile different play lists. Then you can just say "Sync Play List 1" or "Sync Play List 2" and the interface is laid out in the albums and songs and artists, etc. With drag and drop, if you have your files organized like I do, I have a file structure and would have to keep digging down into Artist\Album and the dragging the files. I just find it easier using an interface like iTunes or WinAmp, etc. It's all probably personal preference. Also, the average Joe at home may not be as skilled with directory structures and navigating the file system so iTunes is definitely easier for them.
  • dead3t3rn1ty  - Banshee
    I'm using debian GNU/linux and there's Banshee, a media player/library manager.

    I can view my G1 status and drad and drop media, it also sync podcasts, like iTunes with an iPod.

    It's packaged for a lot of linux distros, and also for Mac OS X.

    http://banshee-project.org/?s=G1

    PS: sorry for my english...
  • Teknicl  - iTunes Sync
    Allow me to enlighten those who do not already know. I've been using a tool called iTunes Agent developed by Jaran Nilsen and Justin Katz that synchronizes a playlist from your iTunes into any storage device hence your Android phone.

    This utility is Open Source project registered in SourceForge and can be acquired here http://ita.sourceforge.net/.

    Have fun!!
    Teknicl
  • iPaul Pro  - Songbird
    Would be great if SongBird added support for Android phones.

    http://getsongbird.com/
  • Skengaleng
    doubleTwist (http://www.doubletwist.com/) syncs with Android phones.
    Syncs my iTunes music & videos and I can also import from my iPhoto library!
  • DanDroidOS
    Double Twist sounds cool but needs to be more than just itunes and lets not forget apple sucks balls and "long live Android" :) Google needs to put something together!
  • randy bryan  - winamp!
    Winamp recognizes the G1/G2's as music devices

    Winamp lets you decide which folder on the G1/G2 to put your music in

    Winamp will sync your music (2 way) if your SD card is big enough

    Winamp supports auto-fill if your SD card is SMALLER than your music collection. Higher rated songs (by you) are more likely to be on the auto-filled device.
  • Johnny  - Salling Media Sync - Sync G1 with iTunes
    hey guy there is small solution to sync music to G1. You can use Sailling Software. its a freeware you can use it to sync your playlist.

    http://www.salling.com
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