Archive for October 2011
Syncing your iTunes playlist with your Android device may have been considered somewhat of a painful process in the past, and as with many painful processes of the past… there’s an app for that: iSyncr!
Figure 1: iSyncr layout
Along with apploximately 4.5 million others I bought into the iPod dream during its 4th generation back in 2005. In fact this bad boy still pumps out the tunes when required, albeit with the aid of a new hard drive and new battery. Naturally my desktop was installed with iTunes for the purpose of feeding this 60GB beast with a fair share of bopping beats. Since then iTunes has become my first preference music player around the house.
But it’s fair to say that the portable music landscape has changed since the heady days of the mid aughties. Smartphones with intergrated music players have now become the weapon of choice for the purpose of eardrum abuse. This presents somewhat of a conundrum for us ‘smart’ Android users. If that conundrum formed itself into a question it would present itslef a little like this: ‘How do I Sync my iTunes playlist with my Android device?’
The answer is iSyncr. An android application form the guys at JRT Studio which allows you to easily sync selected playlists from your iTunes library with your android mobile device. This app is extremely useful if you have started using your smartphone as a music player and wish to update the music on a regular basis. Also if you wish to limit the memory your music takes up on your device, a regular playlist sync will keep your music selection fresh.
Figure 2: iSyncer setup.
Here at Android Mobiles we found this app to be user friendly and the initial set-up is a breeze. Once the app is installed you will need to connect your device to a PC (as an external drive) and select which iTunes playlists you wish to have synced to the android device. After this initial and painless setup you are free to start syncing your existing iTunes playlists to your android device. Some of the neat features included with the paid version of this application include:
- Ability to sync your ratings between iTunes and android device.
- Sync songs downloaded to your android device back onto your PC.
- Inclusion of album artwork with your synced music.
Another neat add-on is iSyncr Wi-Fi which allows wireless syncing with your playlists through your wireless LAN.
A free Lite version of iSyncr is available, but with limitations to its functionality. The lite version limitations include:
- Each playlist can only include 20 songs.
- Separate playlists must be synced one at a time.
- Playcount syncing for smart playlists not included.
This is an easy to use application which solves an annoying problem. If you regularly update the music selection on your android device this application will be of great benefit.
At Android Mobiles we love to see simple applications which are reliable, easy to use and solve an annoying problem. Well done to the guys at JRT studio, keep up the good work.
It seems like a new contender has just stepped in the 7-inch display market. It is the X10 Airpad which is claimed to be the best 7 incher available, for as low as 200$. We will let you set your own opinion about X10 that if it’s really worth the heading of “Best 7-incher available in the market”.
The device features a 7” TFT LCD screen of 800×480 resolutions. It has a capacitive multi touch screen with a CPU of 1.2 GHz Rockchip 2918 Cortex A8 processor. It runs on the latest Android Gingerbread of version 2.3 and it is pre installed with Flash 10.1. X10 Airpad has a RAM of 512 MB and a 3 axis accelerometer. Unfortunately the 7-incher has a 2 Mega pixels camera, which means there would be no high quality photography.
Let’s come to the brighter features of X10. It has an internal storage capacity of 4 GB and an external micro SD up to 32 GB. It has a good battery of 4000 mAH which means 6 hours of talk time. A user can play 6 hours of music and access 4 hours of internet through Wi-Fi. X10 Airpad features a 3.5mm Audio jack and full USB support (mini).
The specs of X10 Airpad 7” aren’t too bad in comparison with the price tag and they are neither too good to say that it’s the best 7-incher in the market. Let’s not put ourselves in curiosity because X10 may not prove to be the best in market.