By all indications, Verizon Wireless is announcing that the Apple iPhone 4 will be available on its network tomorrow. For many people this news is greatly welcomed because they are dissatisfied with AT&T’s network and service. For many other people, mainly android phone manufacturers, this news could be dreaded because it forces their phones to be put into direct competition with the iPhone 4.
I was excited to see that Doubletwist released the ability to airsync over wifi, so I set it up on my computer and Droid Incredible. I was disappointed to find that airsync would not work because I was on a public wifi network (there was no indication that this would happen before I bought it). Then, when I tried to sync over USB my phone’s music library got screwed up with the artist names and album names being erased. So I decided to try to fix everything manually. I deleted all the music files on the phone and went to resync with Doubletwist. Somehow, Doubletwist decided it would be a good idea erase my iTunes library while trying to sync the songs to my phone.
This would have been a disaster, but thankfully I had a backup (thank you time machine!) and was able to bring back my songs with their play counts and ratings attached. So even though no true damage was done, I wasted a lot of time and was frustrated by the lack of built in syncing functionality.
Google does not need to lock down the system as Apple has done with iOS and iTunes but a solution needs to be found for android to be competitive media-wise with the iPhone.