DoubleTwist’s latest Android app update brings a questionable feature to the app – the ability to record iTunes audio and radio with just a tap. Technically, US laws allow users to record radio for personal use, only, but it’s obvious that an app like doubleTwist is a ripe pirate waiting to share.
Record iTunes audio and radio to your phone or tablet! The doubleTwist AirPlay Recorder saves songs and radio stations that you stream from iTunes to your Android device.
It is extremely easy to use: play something in iTunes on your Mac or PC and then select “dT Recorder” from the AirPlay device list.The streamed audio tracks will automatically be saved on your Android device…The basic app is free and there is an optional in-app premium upgrade to get higher quality recordings (AAC VBR). The money goes to feeding our cats free-range organic engineers.
Additionally, you can see that doubleTwist have also addressed the issue of copyright multiple times in their user agreement, which is worth reading, if you plan to record anything using the app. Clauses under section 8 deals specifically with files made by the app and how it can be used:
8.1 You understand that all information (such as data files, written text, computer software, music, audio files or other sounds, photographs, videos or other images) which you may have access to as part of, or through your use of, the Services are the sole responsibility of the person from which such content originated. All such information is referred to below as the Communications Content.
8.2 You may use the Services for your information and personal use as intended through the normal functionality of the Services, and not for any commercial purpose.
8.3 You agree to not engage in the unauthorized use, copying, or distribution of any copyrighted Communications Content, including, without limitation, any use, copying, or distribution of Communications Content obtained through the Services for any commercial purposes.
Obviously, we’re not the only ones questioning the legality of the app’s intended use – even the app’s Co-founder, Jon Lech Johansen’s tweet got a few people asking the same.