Changes to the iOS developer policy means good news for musicians
Apple iOS offers developers the ability to release time-limited trials to users for the first time in history.
It’s no secret that the mobile music app market is growing, with huge name like Native Instruments, Steinberg, Korg and Roland getting involved in the iOS platform in various ways, from offering intuitive controller or fully-fledged music production applications. The major drawcard for developers on the iOS platform is the tight security, allowing developers the freedom not to worry about things like piracy.
A big down-side to the iOS platform, is that the App Store didn’t allow developers to release time-limited trials of their apps. This meant developers had to release software for free and either rely on in-app purchases or advertising. This is annoying for users, as you spend some time scoping out a new app, download it, open it up only to be greeted by the fact that you have to pay to get the full-functionality of the software. Time-limited trials allow users to try software, and decide whether it’s worthy of the purchase – it’s a great idea for everyone.
What does the new policy mean for developers?
This could pose a tricky situation for developers who may end up not making sales because users don’t feel the app warrants the purchase, however that being said it can only bring about more competition which in turn means better advancements on-the-whole.
The new development does mean that for apps to use this functionality, the developers would need to undertake the process of creating an in-app system to block certain functions and allow users to upgrade. Which could be difficult for smaller third-party developers, however I’m sure we will see some of the big names moving over to the new system.