Today, the Android media player doubleTwist reached a big milestone: 1 million active users between its mobile and desktop apps.
We’ve been following the media player closely for over a year now, watching to see if it would find enough adoption to make it the premiere Android alternative to iTunes.
Back in November, the company launched its wireless syncing software called “AirSync” that automatically syncs your music, movies, and photos whenever you’re in wireless range — and offers us a glimpse into the future of mobile tech. Add AirSync to doubleTwist’s already slick interface, the ability to import iTunes playlists, and support for audio/video podcasts, and you can see why the player has quickly become one of the most popular on the Android market. And now that the company has reached the 1 million user milestone, it’s clear that they’re more than just “on their way.”
In light of their impressive recent growth (300% active user growth in the 4Q 2010), doubleTwist announced it will also be both reshuffling current management as well as adding new members to their team. Co-founder and CTO Jon Lech Johansen will be taking over the role of CEO from Monique Farantzos, and Farantzos will become President and Chairman.
In addition, Farantzos told us that the company will be adding Blake Krikorian (the former CEO of Sling), who will be joining the board of directors; Stuart Collingwood, former Head of European Operations for Sling, will be the Head of European & International Operations, and Lucas Dickey (formerly Product Manager at Amazon for Amazon MP3) will become Product Manager for the doubleTwist mobile, desktop and cloud applications.
To round out doubleTwist’s bevy of announcements, the company is launching “AirTwist”, a free update to AirSync, which will allow users to stream their movies, photos, and music directly to their TV using an Xbox or a PS3. Plus, it will wirelessly sync data with your desktop. Look out, iTunes.
doubleTwist Corporation was founded by Monique Farantzos and Jon Lech Johansen (aka DVD Jon) with the vision to create the media platform for the Internet of Things. We are backed by several prominent venture capital firms and individual investors. Our applications have been downloaded by more than 10 million users and every day, more than two million Android users experience their music, videos and other media through doubleTwist Player. doubleTwist has built a powerful ecosystem of media apps that are marketed...
Jon Lech Johansen is doubleTwist’s co-founder and CEO. His background is in digital media interoperability, having worked on the reverse engineering of proprietary systems such as DVD CSS that prevent consumers from enjoying media they’ve legally acquired. Prior to co-founding doubleTwist Jon worked for DoubleTwist Ventures and MP3Tunes, a digital music startup in San Diego. He is a self-taught software engineer whose passion is making technology accessible to ordinary users through polished and intuitive user interfaces. Jon received the...
The co-founder and President of doubleTwist. Prior to doubleTwist, she was the Managing Director of DoubleTwist Ventures, a DRM interoperability company. She has also been a consultant for Intellectual Ventures and a Director at the Miller Porter Group, a consulting firm focused on the Life Sciences and Biotechnology industries. Monique holds an MS in Applied Science with empahsis on Bioengineering from UC Davis and worked as a Physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Source: http://www.doubletwist.com/dt/Home/Management.dt