DoubleTwist, the media manager that wants to make music and video device syncing dead simple, has opened up its Windows download to public beta, letting the masses in on maybe the coolest media manager ever.
As with the Mac version, doubleTwist's focus is on avoiding the "geeky" technical details of converting photos, audio files and music, and all manner of video files for portable devices. The media manager just moves them over automatically, and claims to support hundreds of devices, including iPhones and every manner of iPod, BlackBerry models, the Android-powered G1, PlayStation Portables, some cell phones, and even USB drives and SD cards, if you want to keep those types of things synchronised. Sending to friends, whether or not they're signed up as a doubleTwist member, is also made easy, as you simply hit "Send" and doubleTwist creates a page on its servers for your file, streaming it to your friend when they get the emailed link.
We haven't had a ton of time to play with it this morning, but it did read and convert files for an iPod touch, two different older iPod models (4 GB nano and 4 GB second-generation Mini), and, yes, a Lexar jump drive. It couldn't pick up and play iTunes-bought audiobook and music but, then again, we haven't gotten around to converting those files to high-fidelity, DRM-free tracks yet, either.
Here's a video overview that shows and explains doubleTwist's goals a bit better than I can:
doubleTwist is a free download for Windows (although the Mac download is still available); requires a sign-up to use the desktop software and file sharing features.