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Sonorasaurus Price drops as part of Pirate Amnesty Sale!

Sonorasaurus and Rex have dropped in price today. Sonorasaurus from $9.99 to $4.99, and Rex from $14.99 to $9.99 as part of their Pirate Amnesty Sale.

I have to admit I was astonished that they had over 200,000 pirate copies downloaded. That is amazing. Amazingly bad!

To keep good developers going we have to buy their apps, there's no other way at the moment. So if you've been thinking about getting one of these two then get them now while they're cheap and support the developer.

Of course this goes for every developer, and believe me when I say that this isn't the first story I've heard with these sorts of numbers involved!

Sonorasaurus at the app store:
Sonorasaurus - Pajamahouse Studios

Sonorasaurus Rex at the app store:
Sonorasaurus Rex - Pajamahouse Studios

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19 comments:

Dj Agent M said...

I think that clears up my annoyance at them for having to buy both apps. Bit shocked at the number of pirates. Thats really shocking.

They are back in my good books.

Pajamahouse said...

Yeah, we understand your previous stance DJ Agent M. We really were trying to go as far as possible without bringing these issues to light, because of how negative they are.

This whole time all development towards Sonorasaurus has been at a loss, but we kept at it when we could because we really like the app personally and the few who bought it have been very supportive.

But at this point its only becoming more difficult and we need something to change - either so we have the proper resources to continue these apps or so we know once and for all that most people do not respect us enough to pay for Sonorasaurus and we move onto new projects with hopefully better outcomes.

Anonymous said...

How do they know the number of pirate versions? Shocking figure BTW. :(

Marlene DeGrood said...

If there's one thing I feel good about shelling out money for its iOS apps. Sure .... once in a while I complain about an app being overpriced but that's rare because they are usually so very fair and affordable I can't complain. I so appreciate the developers for their hard work it really saddens me that some people are not aware of what it takes to keep a small business afloat .... so sorry for that. Wondering too how they know the figure of pirated downloads.

Dj Agent M said...

Probably a warez site.

It reminds me of an album i release in the uk. Didnt sell as many copies as the amount of downloads on torrent site. All the main torrent site I may add lol

All I can say to Pajamahouse is keep n keeping on. To be honest its up to Apple to sort the piracy out. isnt that why you pay membership. The danger you have by not improving your apps is that competition gain ground.

Hands down there is only Sonorasurus and Djay thats any good. Mixr have already lost ground because when it finally comes it will be viewed as a Djay copy. Remember that your unique selling point is your interface which is closer to Traktor.

Pajamahouse said...

@Anonymouse, Marlene

There are a few ways to track the numbers for piracy. One of which is through the sites and services that provide the app illegally.

For a while I had the depressing daily task of tallying the numbers from these outlets. After a while I had to give it up because it was just too depressing. And this was quite a few months back - so the figure listed in our post is definitely on the low side of what the actual numbers would be.

Anonymous said...

are these really distinct 200,000 distinct individuals? It's hard to believe that the intersection of people that 1) have jailbroken iphones 2) are interested in making music is anywhere near that number (let alone further whittling down the population to people who know of Sonoraaurus).

Still, stealing from small-time developers, no matter what the numbers, is unfair and tragic.

Pajamahouse said...

@ Anonymous

Yes at the very least that many.

Collectively their are millions of iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch users. Apple sold their 100 millionth iOS device last June.

A decent amount of those device users have jailbroken phones because they either dont want to use ATT or want the additional unlocked features.

So in reality 200 thousand people out of 100 million is quite a small group. Maybe they do not all actively use the apps, but either way they got them without paying for them and it hurts us as a studio.

rondema said...

I want to support anyone doing good things, be that developers, artists or otherwise. I can only hope that some of the thousands of stolen versions of your app will lead to a number of legitimate purchases. I have never yet met anyone with a jailbroken phone, but I'm in my mid thirties..

Unfortunately the demographic of a large number of your potential customers most likely means a higher than average piracy ratio. You have my sympathy and now also my financial support.
Kids these days don't know they're born.. all this functionality for a small number of sheckles. Amazing, thankyou.

Pajamahouse said...

Thanks Rondema!

And you are right, our specific demographic is probably a bit more familiar with pirating methods than most other groups.

Toyo said...

Touch DJ had over 700,000 illegal downloads in total.

Pajamahouse said...

Thanks for chiming in Toyo. Hopefully it will convince anonymous moreso that these numbers are real and truly working against small developers.

How much has it affected your development plans and processes by the way?

Happy Rex User said...

This is a top iPad app for dj's , one of the few which let's you record your mix straight into a wave file the interface is   The best IMHO 

Pajamahouse: perhaps a free or cheaper lite version would help sales if it only played the bundled songs

It took me a couple of months to buy the app because of the jokey sounding name

I must have ignored it in the app store search results at least 10 times before thinking "why does that dinosaur game keep coming up when I search for dj apps"

Once I'd looked at it I thought it had potential but the Pajamahouse and Sonorasaurus names had me thinking it wasn't going to be a serious dj tool

I bought all the other dj apps, cue play / touch dj etc and forgot this existed before running out of apps to buy

I was still unsure so I downloaded a dodgy copy as it was the only way to see if the app was worth buying

After ten mins using it I was on the app store buying a copy

I imagine a lot of potential buyers go through the same process and a crippled freebie in the app store would give people a chance to see how good it is before buying the full version

I bet the freebie would stay higher in the AppStore charts and prob help to raise awareness of the app

Perhaps having The words "DJ" or "MIXER" in the name would help and an app store icon with either a picture of decks or headphones / something DJ related would help, or better still give the dinosaur headphones and stand him behind some decks on the app store icon !

The app is awesome but I think a lot of people don't realize what this is or how good it is when they see it in the app store

A crippled free version would let them test it and decide to buy the app. if it had a big "Purchase Button" you would get the impulse buys ( and make it easier to try / buy the app without downloading a cracked copy )

Once they have got the app from somewhere else a lot of users will just stick with the cracked one and only buy it if new features are added and a new crack isn't released

Some will wait a month or two to see if a new crack is released and buy it if not but I think your best way to get that sale is for people to be able to try it before they even think of looking for a crack. It's more of an impulse buy if you try a free version and want to get the full featured app

Without a cracked or free version I would have never tried this app mainly because of the name and my perception that it was dinosaur game. There's no way of knowing that this is a dj app when u see it in the app store search results and so people won't bother open the app page and read the description or look at the screenshots

I already own the iPad version and I just bought the iPhone version to help with sales , I hope your sales pick up but I think it would help if it was more obvious to potential buyers what this does when they see it in the app store  

DJ's , you really should try this app it's a bargain at the knockdown price

Good luck Pajamahouse !

Happy Rex User said...

This is a top iPad app for dj's , one of the few which let's you record your mix straight into a wave file the interface is   The best IMHO 

Pajamahouse: perhaps a free or cheaper lite version would help sales if it only played the bundled songs

It took me a couple of months to buy the app because of the jokey sounding name

I must have ignored it in the app store search results at least 10 times before thinking "why does that dinosaur game keep coming up when I search for dj apps"

Once I'd looked at it I thought it had potential but the Pajamahouse and Sonorasaurus names had me thinking it wasn't going to be a serious dj tool

I bought all the other dj apps, cue play / touch dj etc and forgot this existed before running out of apps to buy

I was still unsure so I downloaded a dodgy copy as it was the only way to see if the app was worth buying

After ten mins using it I was on the app store buying a copy

I imagine a lot of potential buyers go through the same process and a crippled freebie in the app store would give people a chance to see how good it is before buying the full version

I bet the freebie would stay higher in the AppStore charts and prob help to raise awareness of the app

Perhaps having The words "DJ" or "MIXER" in the name would help and an app store icon with either a picture of decks or headphones / something DJ related would help, or better still give the dinosaur headphones and stand him behind some decks on the app store icon !

The app is awesome but I think a lot of people don't realize what this is or how good it is when they see it in the app store

Darksound said...

I think a lot of pirated software is soon abandoned like stolen bicycles. Meaning the majority of free copies get used only infrequently and only until the next free version of whatever comes out. Piracy for the sake of piracy.

So, out of 200k downloads I have to wonder how many would have paid for the apps if there were no other choice.

Pajamahouse said...

@ Happy Rex User

Yes in hindsight we realize we overcomplicated the name. We ended up going in a more 'conceptual' route because we did not like the idea of watering down the name in a manner that potentially made it seem generic.

But given that it is ultimately a commercial product it should stay on the simple side and inform people as much as possible from the start as to its function and purpose.

So yeah I can definitely understand where you are coming from and why you may not have given the app a chance sooner.

Anonymous said...

'Sonorasaurus' is also confusingly similar to 'Sonosaurus' - the Thumbjam dev. That probably doesn't help you out too much either.

I do like both the name of your app and developer name though :)

Happy Rex User said...

Yeah I got confused with the thumb jam stuff too, i bought thumbjam first and when i saw this on the storboth thought I'd already bought it because the names are so similar,

I still struggle to spell the apps name when I want to search for it in the app store or google

PJ House and Rex names have both grown on me loads tho and I feel more loyal to them than any other app for having a bit of personality.

feels like they are the underdogs and u uncovered a hidden gem when u try this app

Even the dinosaur icon stirs up a bit of affection !

I think the 2 biggest probs u guys face are:

1) making ppl realize what this app is when they see it in the app store - perhaps put (dj workstation) or (dj mix production tool) or similar in brackets on the end of the apps name and give rexy a pair of black headphones or decks and a mixer on the AppStore icon ?

That way you keep the apps identity AND get new customers to read the apps description / screenshots which are what really sell it

2) once ppl have gone into the AppStore description to find out what it is they have no way of knowing whether it can actually do everything it claims to do (there are some terrible "DJ" apps out there which LOOK awesome but have less features than a standard Walkman ( this is where I think a crippled free version would con vice people to give the app a try )

Once you've tried the app buying it is a no-brainer if your into this type of app

If you get the marketing right I think the sales will follow as the product is a winner but genuine buyers don't know what it is

Anonymous said...

I bought the app cuz i wanted a DJ app and they were just starting to come out on the ipad at first i was hesitant again because of the name and i realized the dinosaur was a musical note and it kind of made a bit of sense when i started using it i thought it was intuitie and very cool and when you guys came out with more updates i thought it was great, now DJ apps are ahead of you and would be a shame to see this app die just cuz of cheap morons who get it just for the sake of having it. please re brand it, get a lite or free version of it, add auto sync and get it out there and more so add maybe an in app purchase of sound effects or beats also take a look at emulator for traktor and look to see if you can interface with it.. looks and feels like your app.. get to it you won't regret it.