iTunes for the common phone

Not all "smart phones" are all that smart.

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When you first take home your fancy new cellphone that can hold endless gigs of data, run circles around the Internet and connect to the rest of the world in umpteen different ways, you're pretty proud of yourself. It's only when you try and get your phone connected to the sources of that data that you realize that there was one question you forgot to ask: Just how easy is it to get at the music, video and photos on your computer and on the Internet? It's then that you realize that not all "smart phones" are all that smart. If you have an iPhone, for example, getting your device hooked up is a no-brainer: You plug it into your computer, and iTunes takes over. Some phones come with a halfway decent interface program, but often the installation process for the software isn't so simple; most companies have one program for dozens of different models, and the plug-ins and patches for each model often have to be downloaded from a hard-to-find Web site. And then there are the phones that don't come with any interface program at all - and can only connect to a computer if you are willing to shell out another 30 bucks or so to buy the software! What "the rest of us" non-iPhone owners really need is a device interface program that works like iTunes: One that connects transparently and automatically to your phone, can access music and video on-line and doesn't cost anything. But where, oh where, could you find a program like that? Right here - at Dazzboard (, a new on-line application that supports not one phone from Apple, but dozens of phones from Nokia, Samsung, Sony-Ericsson, Motorola, LG and others, as well as MP3 players and even some GPS devices. The site lists all the devices that can connect automatically - meaning you just plug in your device, and it appears on the Dazzboard device manager, where you can move movies, music and photos from your computer right onto the device. If that's all Dazzboard did, it would be enough. But you get more! Along with the program, you get the "Dazz Me" bookmarklet, which lets you easily connect to sources of video (YouTube et al.), music (, others) and photos (Flickr, Photobucket, etc.) and drag them right into your transfer window, from where they make their way to your device with the click of a button. You're not limited to the sites the bookmarklet connects to; it's easy to replace those sites with your favorite download sites. Meaning that Dazzboard does the iPhone one better; not only does it make connecting your device simple, it turns the whole Internet into your own iTunes store.