App Review Policy

In the early days of this blog, I was reviewing iPhone apps that could be of service to music educators.  One of my more ambitious endeavors was to take many of the metronomes available at the time and compare them for accuracy.  It was a fun project at the time, and there were clearly some apps that were more accurate than others, and there were apps that were more user friendly than others.

The problem–for me–is that the App Store has grown exponentially.  There are over 150,000 apps for the iPad alone, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

I simply cannot review all the apps anymore–and although I am committed to finding good apps and letting music educators know about those apps, I cannot possibly review every app that hits the app store in the area of music education.

Blogs, like mine, provide free or low-cost advertising for app developers.  We spread the word, and then our readers tell other iOS users about those apps.  Some blogs charge a fee for app reviews; I have no desire to do so.  I am always happy to accept an app code to download an app, but I can no longer promise that if I receive an app code that I will write a blog post about a specific app.

I have always found it hard to be negative about an app, even when I can’t see its usefulness.  My main concern is: “can I see myself or another teacher using this app?”I should probably be “more mean” than I am, but I also am not vain enough to think that my opinion is the only one that matters–I can be wrong, and others can be right.

With this in mind, I want to create a new policy for

  1. If I buy an app for my personal use, I may write about that app.
  2. If I use an app in my teaching, I may write about that app.
  3. In the case of #1 and #2 above, this also applies to computer software, music websites, and all kinds of music technology hardware.
  4. App developers and other vendors are welcome to contact me with information about their app (e.g. a press release) and photos.  Even so, I may not write about your app.
  5. I will always happily accept an app code for an app (who wouldn’t?), but this does not guarantee that I will review your app.
  6. If you do send an app code, I may blog about your app with a review…and my review will be honest.  Be warned that you may not like what I have to say.
  7. I will not accept (and have not accepted) payment for including your app on my blog.
  8. I do not sell advertising on my blog.  Any advertisements come from WordPress and are part of WordPress hosting this site for free.
  9. The blog is meant to remain free for readers.
  10. I only include recommended apps (my own or from others) in the app lists or in my app lists in my books on the iBookstore.
  11. I am an Apple Affiliate, and therefore can earn a commission on a “paid” app that is clicked on a link through my blog.  If you are a developer, this does not impact your 70% of the purchase price of the app (the 30% Apple charges is where the 7% comes from).  If your app is freemium, I do not earn any commission on your app (this is neither good nor bad, but is worth mentioning).
  12. As an Apple affiliate, when readers click my referral links, roughly 25% of app referrals result in a purchase.

If you have questions, you can contact me at techinmusiced@ g m a i  (no spaces, of course…typing the e-mail address this way this eliminates spam).