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    Taking requests for mp3cars Appstore

    As some of you may know mp3car is in the process of launching a carPC app store. Many of the front ends and plugins you currently use will be featured but I am starting this thread for requests for others. What software would you like to see available (keep in mind smaller apps will be more likely to be developed)??

    Either myself and/or other mp3car developers will use this thread to try and find the needs of the community and meet them.

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    That's very exciting.

    I would like to see a universal playlist management software. You would just drop a playlist from your desktop application into a folder (via sync, thumb drive, mail attachment, whatever) and this application would read it in the background, completely transparent to the user, and would make all the necessary corrections to it, if needed (wrong folder, missing songs, etc). It wouldn't matter what format you'd drop in. CSV text files, WPL from Windows Media Player, m3u, or iTunes. It wouldn't matter if you have 500GB worth of songs in the desktop, and only 10Gb in the car. The missing songs would not even appear to the user, and no error message would be displayed ever (but on the log file). Smart playlists would be simply converted. More importantly, all the rating info would be preserved, if the file format so allowed (and the client app).

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    Funny you mention it, I had the same idea a while back. I dont think an appstore is going to take off too well. Most do not like publishing there app, plugins or skins to another website other than there own. I know enforcer makes you create an account on his website before downloading his software.
    Anyway, I guess I would like to see open sourced GPS applications. Similar to Waze. More social network integrated apps, App store integrated with front ends for easy downloading. Similar to the Android Marketplace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThunderStick View Post
    I know enforcer makes you create an account on his website before downloading his software.

    We've moved on from that, slightly.


    My CF plugins can now be downloaded from CF's forum, the CF2 ones are downloadable from Zorros SPBA website and they were also available from my website.


    However you don't get a free lunch.


    So the plugins needed to be registered, and yes you guessed it, you needed to post in the download thread to register

    This will be also rolled out to the RoadRunner plugins, this will allow them all to be available from the MP3 Appstore.


    And also should the need arise for me to charge for any my software I can do that as well.

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    Just sayin',
    After a little research and observing market trends, I cant imagine there is that big of a market for a carpc app store. The reason it works well for android, iphones and ipad is, that is your only source for software. Or at least your most convenient source. MP3Car will have a major challenge ahead of them trying to convince members and others that there app store will be the most convenient place to obtain "apps".
    Or even a convenient place.
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    Well if the FrontEnds come with a plugin that can access the store, purchase (if necessary), download and install the software then there might some merit in it.

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    I think the aim should be to reward developers with just a bit of cash and recognition (if they add tracking to the best sellers, most downloaded, etc.). If that makes it possible a few more apps to be develop that otherwise wouldn't, that is a net gain for everyone involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enforcer View Post
    Well if the FrontEnds come with a plugin that can access the store, purchase (if necessary), download and install the software then there might some merit in it.
    Maybe,
    But it is going to take quite a bit of work to integrate that. Maintaining a web store that integrates with multiple types of 3rd party software (front ends) would take serious resources. To justify those resources you would need software that is not just free, but paid for. From what I gather most in this hobby are not very interested in paid for plugins for a free front end. I dont think RR users are going to jump on the wagon of paying for plugins and or skins.
    Maybe I'm wrong, but you pointed this out to me a few months ago... You may be able to snag a few CF users, but even then you allready paid over $100 for the front end why should you have to pay for the features of that front end as well?
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    Funny i don't remember seeing that link before this thread started...

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