Why do so many mobile music projects fail? Part II

Pete from Intermorphic on my post on “Why do so many mobile music projects fail? “


Pete here from intermorphic.

The comments you’re looking for are here: http://intermorphic.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=61

Reproduced below… the problem still stand, hence we’re still focused on creating generative tools for desktop. 🙂 If the market ever changes, then sure we’d look at it again. Hoping this helps! Pete


You might be interested to hear that I consider it very hard (if not impossible!) to make money out of creating applications for mobile devices. This makes it difficult to justify putting large amounts of effort into investing a lot of time and/or money into creating them. The reasons are many, and include:
– the huge range of mobile platforms and wide range of capabilities and operating systems
– the fact that many devices are closed (and are therefore completely unreachable) or require specially signed applications (and can therefore be prohibitively expensive to support)
– the very fast churn of mobile operating systems that is even faster than in the desktop world
– the low price that consumers are willing to pay for mobile applications; this is despite the very high cost of most of the devices!
– the large margins that need to be lost to the distribution channels
– the huge variety of different display form factors (width/height/colour depth and layout – portrait/landscape)
– the enormous inconsistencies between user interfaces, soft menus, keyboards and touch interaction
– in general, very poor support for real-time debugging of software for mobile devices
– for audio applications: the lack of low-latency device drivers, the lack of MIDI i/o, the fact that few devices offer full-duplex audio (e.g. Symbian!), the lack of any ease of integration with desktop audio software toolchain, lack of support for multithreaded apps in Brew etc. etc.

I speak with considerable personal experience of creating mobile audio applications. Smile

Thanks Pete for that. I understand the issues. I just hope that when the Apple iPhone / iPod Touch SDK becomes available it does create a real mobile platform for developers that gives them the stability they need for making real mobile applications without all the issues you’ve described.

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