Recently, I upgraded to a new iPhone7. However, every time I've tried to upgrade in the past, keeping old playlists on the Music app has not been easy. I usually Restore from Backup via iTunes instead of iCloud, because I have too many photos that I keep on my phone. However, for some reason, the playlists never seem to restore using this method. This is especially true for playlists I've created on my iPhone. If I create them in iTunes, I can sync them to my phone, but never have been able to do so in the opposite direction. We also do not purchase all our music via iTunes, we more often buy our music via other sites.
In the past, I just started from scratch and recreated new lists. This time I have several playlists for workouts, for running, for other listening moods. I decided that once, and for all, I would figure out iTunes (haha). After googling for help, I discovered that information is piecemeal, so I am blogging a detailed set of instructions. Of course, many of my friends have flat out given up on iTunes Music, using services such as Spotify, so perhaps I'm just clinging to old technology, but here ya go: How to Move Playlists via iTunes.
Being a mobile developer is not all it's cracked up to be, but it's manageable, and possible to be successful. Despite all the thoughts of millions of downloads, not everyone gets those. Probably relatively few. But we do survive, but only if we spread out our risk. It's somewhat like how people invest. If you spread out your investments over various types of items, if one area tanks, another will thrive. In the end, you have an even amount of return on your investment and a good balance. In this post, I'll explore some of the Catch22's of running a successful mobile software development company. I hope you will find some thoughts that will help with yours, or give you a better understanding of what you are getting into if you are just starting, or to help you better insight of our company, Creative Algorithms.
I have been very bad at writing on my blog; it's been a very long time. I think over the past year a shift has happened in my life, where I've focused less on starting our business and more on maintaining it and focusing on life balance. I've been through the iterations of what works, and what doesn't, in marketing and applied these where I could. We have evolved into a very steady flow of app income and also contract work income. We've found a good balance of work and family/personal time as well. I've become immersed in the martial arts and focusing on the feeling of well-being. Our whole family (all five of us) are doing karate and we feel good, having a family-focused activity, having developed important friendships, having become healthier, plus the endorphins are bar none. The schedule also helps us keep us in a routine. This blog post is rather disjointed, but I wanted to share with you how reviews have increased our sales, and how we've achieved a new, comfortable phase of our business.
We are pleased to announce that two of our apps made the finals in The Best App Ever awards. Voting is open through January 31st. Our app, Recipe Cards with Serving Sizer for iPad (formerly named Serving Sizer Recipe Cards) has made the finals for Best Cooking App and Best Parenting App. Trip Boss Expense and Budget made the finals for Best Financial App. Now we need your votes to place! Don't wait too long, as voting closes tomorrow. I've put links below to make it easy to vote for our apps who make the finals. Thanks for your support! Click on links provided below.
The Best App Ever nominations are open until December 31st. Our app, Recipe Cards with Serving Sizer for iPad (formerly named Serving Sizer Recipe Cards) has made the finals for the past two years, thanks to your support. We hope we can count on it again, so we're asking for your nominations! If we make finalist, we'll again ask for your vote. You can vote for multiple apps in multiple categories, so please feel free to click as many combinations as you feel are warranted. Don't wait too long, as nominations close tomorrow. I've put links below to make it easy to nominate our apps in various categories. Thanks for your support! Click on links provided below.
The new AppStore, redesigned for iOS6, has been out for just over a week now. Speaking recently at 360iDev, I stressed the importance of great shelf design in the AppStore as part of your marketing plan. Getting to know the new design is key to understanding how it will affect browsing, discovery, and buying habits, especially for developers, but also for consumers. I've been playing with the store all week, on several devices, including the new iPhone5, the iPad, and my old iPhone4. I've found, sales-wise, that some things have improved, some have been unaffected. The new AppStore was obviously designed with the iPad in mind—the cards work/look so much better on the iPad—there's more screen real estate, especially in landscape, so the the side scrolling is a plus. The iPhone5's speed was most likely a huge consideration—the new store screams on the iPhone5, but is slow and kludgy on the iPhone4. (I shudder to think how it is on the 3GS.) On older devices, the icons are slow to load; it reminds me of surfing the web on dial-up (well maybe not THAT slow). The new AppStore includes a few areas only previously exposed and featured on the desktop iTunes store—the “What's New?” and “What's Hot?” per category. We've been featured in this area with each of our new releases, but alas these apps have had little exposure because who shops via iTunes desktop any more? This post will cover details on what's new, what's missing, how it affects our app shopping experiences, and how as a developer we can maximize our sales potential by redesigning and focusing on certain areas of our shelf space.
I last mentioned I was one of the speakers at the 2012 360 iDev iOS developer conference. The session videos are now available on the 360iDev website. If you want to listen to my talk & see my slides on "Applying the 4P's of Marketing to Apps" you can download the video via the 360iDev website. There are a ton of great talks to choose from. Well worth a listen.
No, I haven't dropped off the face of the earth. I've just stopped blogging while on an epic 6-1/2 week working vacation. Cory did most of the working, I did the driving. We travelled with our family of five out west, camping and sightseeing, then stayed with family in the Seattle area for a chunk of the time. Remember I mentioned we were going to test out Trip Boss? Well, this was the vacation I'd alluded to. I'll be putting together a post-mortem of our travelling with Trip Boss experiences in the upcoming months (I'm still digging out of email, etc., tho we did check it remotely.).
Testing some productivity apps in a real-world situation is not always feasible. For example, we make a travel app, Trip Boss travel manager, for business and personal travel. Unless we plan a trip each time we test the app, testing will only be simulated travel. Day to day usage can be replicated, but actually using the app for travel can provide a new perspective on the app. True in-depth reviews are also rare, unless reviewers use the app to travel. Unfortunately, getting someone to review your app, let alone someone who just so happens to be traveling, is difficult to coordinate.
When looking back, it's easy to see how technology has changed throughout the years. Recognizing trends during the present isn't as easy. How things changed in our (my) parents generation is obvious. They went from radio to black and white TV to color TV. We moved onto video and now we have so many options to view media. I often tell my kids we used to have to watch TV live, get up to turn on the channel (with a knob), adjust the rabbit ears for better reception. We could miss our favorite show, or be forced to watch some stupid show if all we felt like doing was vegging out in front of the TV. In the US, we only had 3-4 channels to choose from: ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and maybe something local. My kids' eyes widen and can't believe there was life before TiVo and multichannel cable/satellite TV.