This is one of the new projects we are working on. It’s a story / puzzle game that follows the exploits of an eccentric frog named Desi, who is voiced by Riley Martin. The game is an adaptation of the 1884 novel A Rebours by Joris-Karl Huysman.
A bit of history on Sonorasaurus – it was the second app our studio created. The project began because we wanted to create something interesting for the iPhone that could appeal to DJs in different ways. For those familiar with DJing it would be a great option in case their equipment failed. For those new to DJing it could be a way to experience the art form through emerging yet accessible technology.
After Sonorasaurus’ debut it was promptly pirated. Real sales for Sonorasaurus were pitiful and have remained so. After over a year of being available, units sold are still less than 1,000. This is in direct contrast to the number of pirated copies, at last count close to 200,000 before I became too disheartened to continue to keep a tally. Of course piracy is one of the realities of the world, but the degree we have experienced is constantly threatening to shut our doors.
Many people may have been thinking that we just lost interest in the iPhone version because of the added capabilities of the iPad and the dazzle of a new platform. The truth is we have wanted to work on Sonorasaurus. A lot. But frankly we cannot afford to work on it given our limited resources. Pajamahouse is a very very small studio.
Great things are planned for Sonorasaurus and Sonorasaurus Rex. We want to be able to bring them to you and at a much quicker rate. We have also been inspired by what Amanita did back in August with Machinarium.
So we are putting Sonorasaurus on sale for a while. If we get a good enough response we can move ahead with the updates we have planned and bring Sonorasaurus for iPhone up to date – starting with Retina Display and iPod Library Access. You can get the app for cheap now and the updates later for free.
Even if only 10% of the pirates pick up the app it will make a difference.
Our pirate amnesty sale begins now.
Update: There is a bit of discussion going on about this over at Palm Sounds. Feel free to join in and share your opinions: the-palm-sound.blogspot.com/2011/01/sonorasaurus-price-drops-as-part-of.html
Amid the chaos and frustration of 2.1 the latest issue of Computer Music was released to news stands. This specific issue is a special dedicated mostly to music apps across different mobile platforms. We were fortunate enough to be included in their showcase and the whole issue is pretty cool in general. Definitely try to get your hands on a copy. There are also some cool editorials on choosing headphones and a feature on different accessories for the iPad musician.
Recently the volume of emails and support requests has increased and the majority of them are asking the same questions:
The answer to this is basically that Apple does now want you to be able to use your iPod library. Applications like Sonorasaurus, and many other music apps, are restricted from using the songs in the iPod library.
We have done everything we can in terms of compromises by including iTunes File sharing and an HTTP Server, but until Apple lifts the iPod library restriction we are not able to give you the most convenient option possible.
Why the restriction is in place continues to baffle us. We have sat and tried to think of pros and cons to give the issue a sense of purpose and balance, but so far nothing seems to go in the CONS column.
Some of the pros are quite obvious:
• The music files are yours and you want to use them as you see fit. The iPod in itself is a way for people to conveniently access their music, so the restriction is a contradiction of terms.
• When people are not able to use their iPod and iTunes library people (especially the DJs) will end up getting music from other sources like Beatport and Juno Download because they can not rely on iTunes and the iPhone / iPad working seamlessly as an option for them to build sets for Sonorasaurus. This must be affecting Apple’s music sales to a degree.
• Most DJs get requests while playing. Being able to access the iPod library directly means they will have an easier time fulfilling these requests because they have the iTunes Store on the go. Again affecting Apple’s music sales.
• This type of access already exists for many programs, like Serato, on the desktop. So a case for applications like ours being problematic for the iPod library and iTunes is unfounded.
If this issue is something that is bothering you or affecting your use of the device and app in a negative way we feel the best solution is to tell Apple directly. The request is really quite simple. You want to use your music files in the ways you desire and access restrictions are unnecessary.
Apple iPad Feedback: link
Apple iPhone Feedback: link
Apple iPod Touch Feedback: link
And it should go without saying that as soon as the restriction is lifted we will give direct iPod access in an update. Until then we have to be patient and make do with options like iTunes File Sharing and HTTP Server access.
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