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That Squishy Key Piano Is Now Available As a Free 3D Touch iPhone App

At $800 for the small version , Seaboard’s Roli keyboards —with their touch sensitive squishy keys that let musicians enhance their performances while they play—aren’t cheap. But taking advantage of the iPhone 6s’ 3D Touch feature, there’s now a free Roli app that provides a similar experience on your phone.

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Andrew Liszewski

December 18th

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Oh No, an App That Makes It Easy To Shoot Your Own Music Videos

Have you ever watched a music video for a popular song and thought you could’ve done a much better job? Much to the chagrin of all your social media followers, with Triller, a new app for iOS, you can easily shoot and share your own version—no editing skills required.

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Andrew Liszewski

July 27th

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MakerBot’s iPad App Can Now Turn Your Drawings Into 3D-Printable Models

One of the biggest reasons there isn’t a 3D printer in every home—yet—has nothing to do with price or availability. It’s the fact that if you want to design and print your own objects, you need to know how to use relatively complex 3D modelling software. So MakerBot has updated its free PrintShop iPad app to include a new feature that can photograph and easily convert your hand-drawn sketches into 3D models.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 16th

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This App Guarantees You've Always Got a Deck Of Cards On Hand

This App Guarantees You've Always Got a Deck Of Cards On Hand

When a deck is available, it's probably the easiest way to start up a quick game of cards with a group of friends. But while many of us have a smartphone on hand 24/7, few of us have a deck of cards in our pockets as well. Which is why this app that creates a virtual deck and a virtual card table on an iPad is so wonderful.

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Andrew Liszewski

March 13th

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Fewer than 0.01 percent of mobile apps will be financially successful by 2018, predicts Gartner

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If developers are finding it difficult to make money from apps today, things are only going to get tougher, according to a forecast by Gartner (via TechCrunch). Looking at the period through to 2018, Gartner predicts that fewer than one in 10,000 apps will be considered financially successful by their developers.

“The vast number of mobile apps may imply that mobile is a new revenue stream that will bring riches to many,” said Ken Dulaney, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. “However, our analysis shows that most mobile applications are not generating profits.”

While this may not necessarily be a bad thing for major brands, who Gartner note may use apps to build brand recognition and product awareness, small developers have a much harder time getting their apps noticed, as consumers increasingly turn to recommendations and advertising to make their selections.

Gartner predicts that by 2017, 94.5 percent of apps will be free or freemium, suggesting that advertising and in-app purchases will become an increasingly important source of income. The company also expects browser-based apps to grow in popularity as the HTML5 standard matures.


Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: App Store, Apps, Brand awareness, developers, Gartner, Google Play, iTunes, iTunes App Store, Mobile app, Percentage, Revenue stream

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Ben Lovejoy

January 14th

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Apps, rather than streaming music, may be responsible for ‘peak iTunes’ – analyst

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We noted at the end of last year that iTunes music downloads appeared to be on the decline for the first time, a shift that was confirmed this month. The operating assumption has so far been that music streaming services are taking over, and that a growing number of consumers are now content to simply have on-demand access to music, rather than to own it.

Asymco’s Horace Dediu, an analyst who often has interesting things to say, has suggested an alternative explanation: that we’re actually listening to less music … 

His argument is that we all have limited time, and the more time we spend using apps, the less time we have available for other activities, like listening to music.

Consumers have a fixed time budget, a more rigid constraint than their spending budget. Competition for a slice of a consumer’s time budget is far tougher than competition for a slice of a consumer’s wallet. So what’s amazing is that apps have successfully grabbed a share of this time budget.

I’m not sure I entirely buy this reasoning: listening to music is something we can do alongside other activities. I’m sure many of us have music playing while we use apps. I suspect the rise in the popularity of streaming music is the main factor at play here.

But what struck me as interesting about Dediu’s argument is that what may not be true for music almost certainly is true for other media: web, TV and movies. While some may have the TV on in the background while doing other things – a pet hate of mine – you can’t really pay full attention to both that and a game, or to that and a creative app. Time, or perhaps more accurately attention invested in an app is attention lost to other media.

I thus think his core argument – that publishers and broadcasters should worry less about shifting music formats and more about apps - is spot on.

This is the insidious march of a disruptor. It gains a foothold in a context where it has no competition and then relentlessly gets better, eventually displacing the far better suited alternatives. This is what I believe is happening with apps. They are asymmetric in their competition with established media and as a result they are easily ignored and brushed off as irrelevant competition. That is until the incumbent media sees a sudden drop in consumption.

Via Fortune


Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS Devices Tagged: App Store, Apple, Apps, Horace Dediu, iTunes, iTunes App Store, itunes radio, Music, Music download, Peak iTunes, sales, Spotify, Streaming media

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Ben Lovejoy

January 8th

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Google Play Music invades iTunes’ home turf

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Yet another music streaming service has arrived on iOS devices, primed to duke it out for the top spot against Pandora and iTunes Radio. That service is Google Play Music, which has been available to Android users for years, but finally launched on the App Store on Friday. Google Play Music differentiates itself by allowing users to access up to 20,000 songs from their personal music collections over the cloud and even store their favorites for offline listening. The app also has a monthly subscription service dubbed All Access, which gives users unlimited access to millions of songs and custom radio stations based on their favorite artists, albums or songs. Everyone who signs up for All Access is entitled to a 30-day free trial. Once that expires, the service will cost $9.99 per month.

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Jacob Siegal

November 15th

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Drive Awake iOS App Can Tell When You’re Drowsy, Directs You to Coffee

Is there anything wrong with a chain of coffee shops trying to drum up a little extra business while they're ensuring drowsy drivers don't end up swerving off the road? Thailand-base Cafe Amazon certainly hopes not. Working with BBDO Proximity, the chain created an iPhone app that monitors drivers for signs of sleepiness, and when it catches them nodding off, it directs them to the closest Cafe Amazon store for a hit of caffeine.

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Andrew Liszewski

May 22nd

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Clever Doorbell App Automatically Calls Your Friends When You Get To Their Door [Apps]

As long as the contacts listed in your iPhone include their full address, the Pocket Doorbell app will use your location data to automatically call or text them when you get to their place. More »


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Andrew Liszewski

March 10th

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An App That Promises Riches, Travel, and Love—In Your Dreams [Apps]

Companies make a lot of claims about their products to help sell them, but this new app from a Japanese ad agency goes to the extreme, promising wealth, travel, love, and even the ability to fly, at least while you sleep. More »


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Andrew Liszewski

February 11th

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