Mobile Roadie or AppMakr or…? Who do you recommend as providers for the MIR 3.0 app?

Right then I think it’s about time I deployed a series of apps for Mobile Industry Review.  We do have a first generation app built by the very talented Pavel — however it’s only available in the UK Apple App Store and it’s only available for iPhone. And it’s quite old now. Almost two years, I think.

So I think it’s time to test out some of the automatic application creation services such as Mobile Roadie and AppMakr. Both those services will enable me to deploy a MIR iPhone, Android and BlackBerry app — and in the case of AppMakr, Windows Phone 7 too.

Who should I choose though?

Who do you recommend?

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  • Justin Davies

    If you want to target all 3, and do something more “native”, you should think about appcelerator mate. You will need to learn a bit of Javascript though, but it is very powerful, and quick to develop in.

  • Ah I don’t have time to do that Justin, alas! I need a point-n-click
    solution!

  • Ok. Just did a test run with AppMakr.

    Right now, I couldn’t find any other way to design my app than the one which prompts me to distribute via Apple’s AppStore. That’s definitely *not* what I would want.

    When it comes to music business, artists should be able to get a straight way for distributing their app. They will want to distribute the app for free to their fans. They will want to distribute it directly without any AppStore as a middle man (maybe even not approving the app). It’s a marketing tool to directly connect with your fans. So make it as easy as possible.

    No artist will be interested in getting a developer account with Apple.

    IMHO, I won’t recommend AppMakr for artists.

  • Oops, sorry… actually, my last post was a follow-up to a post I can’t find now. Trying to recapture it from my mind:

    One service you should keep an eye out for is Songpier.com. I was told they’re about to launch for Midem (at which Songpier is shortlisted for mobile application of the year).

    Just as AppMakr, Songpier is about to offer a free starter package. AppStores are circumvented since it’s HTML5 they use. So you just send your customers a link to open on their mobile device. Add it to your home screen, and there you are.

    I had the chance to take part in a pre-Beta test run. The interface is quite intuitive and very easy to use.

    Mainly, it’s DIY artists who are targeted. And it’s spot on. Compatible with iOS, Android and Windows & BlackBerry coming up.

    Working as a consultant for start-ups and independent artists in the music business, initially I was searching for any service capable of building apps the DIY way – that’s when I came across Songpier.

    See also:

    http://www.musicthinktank.com/mtt-open/mobile-connect-with-fans-for-diy-artists-why-and-how.html

    I hope it’s not the link which disqualified my first posting… it just links to an article on this very subject I posted to Music Think Tank. Which is not my site.

  • Ah nice!

  • Hugely compelling Daniel, thank you for writing!

  • I’ll take a look Wolfgang!

  • Ok

  • Elwood

    I try this new service, is very good and easy to use: http://www.appdoit.com

  • I shall have a look!

  • dmse

    Try out appbaker.com

  • Oh very cool

  • Richard Wells

    appizon.com I find alot better than all of these. They fully guided me on getting my app approved (which is becoming alot more difficult these days because of Apple’s new guidelines)

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