Apps & Software

DoubleTwist’s new app turns Dropbox and Google Drive into a streaming music player

DoubleTwist has long had a reputation as an Android-first developer intent on disrupting, or at least meaningfully improving, the music playing experience on Android.

With CloudPlayer, DoubleTwist is back with a modern take on the genre: a front-end for streaming music libraries from the cloud.

Supporting Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive, CloudPlayer makes sense out of music libraries stored elsewhere, adding AirPlay and Chromecast support to a rich, Material Design client that supports FLAC and Apple Lossless formats.

The company makes comparisons to Google’s more restrictive Play Music service, whose locker only allows 10 authorized devices on an account, and four de-authorizations per year. “We created CloudPlayer to provide an alternative to crippled, proprietary cloud music lockers that impose painful restrictions on what you can do with the music you own,” the company said in a blog post. “These user-hostile terms are usually hidden in the fine print of cloud music offerings by major corporations and impose arbitrary limits on the number of ‘authorized devices,’ restrict the number of times you can download your music, and penalize music enthusiasts who own multiple gadgets or frequently upgrade their phones and firmware.”

CloudPlayer is a free download, but it is limited to a 7-day trial.