This is a “part 2” to the original post, Are Your Favorite Apps Going Away?
This last week I have been contacting app publishers/developers like crazy hoping to find out if they have any plans on updating their 32-bit app to 64-bit so it will work on iOS11. I thought I would share who I have heard from and what I have found out.
Keep in mind, I have not heard back from everyone by my deadline, so I will come back to this post and update it as I receive more responses.
Audio Ninja- Sad news about Audio Ninja… the publisher stopped investing in the development of the app to 64 bit so the developer has no plans to update it. HOWEVER, they are currently developing a new game called Boom Fighters which they say has a similar gameplay to Audio Ninja but players will be able to design levels (compose drum sequences) and optionally play the game with standard MIDI interfaces. It actually looks pretty cool if you want to check out the demo’s of what it will be. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOSlI9mtEhs and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-w7Bcpiu-4 This should be released during the 2nd quarter of 2018. If you want to stay updated you can follow on social media…
Also a side note, Audio Ninja is made by the same developer team who made Moana Rhythm Run. I don’t have this app yet, but it’s been on my wish list. Feel free to share in the comments what you think about Moana Rhythm Run. It seems to have a similar feel to Audio Ninja so you may want to check it out if you haven’t already. I did hear from some teachers that have it that it is only music from the movie, Moana and the rhythms seem to have more syncopation. So even though it says it is geared for the younger kids, the rhythms are actually trickier and may not suit them as well. It does work on iOS11.
Blob Chorus– UPDATE– Blog Chorus is now ready for iOS11!
Due to high demand they are going to re-release the app so it can work with iOS11. In the meantime, Blob Chorus, as well as access to 30 other music games, are available in their subscription online. They are offering a free month trial for my readers! You can sign up for a free months trial by going to: http://www.eChalk.co.uk, login using the Username: KingBlob Password: SingsOn
Note: Some of the online games are flash. So just a quick note when using flash games on the iPad… You will need to go through a flash enabled app like, Photon. They are working on a HTML version for Blob Chorus and some others (where you wouldn’t need to go through a flash app) but it may be up to a year in development. The resources marked with an orange HTML5 logo can be used on iPads without going through Photon (or similar app).
Beat the Melody– waiting on response
Dragon Scales- Dragon Scales is updating. Not only is this good news but Luke is updating it to include new features such as the ability to play the scales on an acoustic piano or MIDI keyboard. This is the update I have been hoping and waiting for! Yay! You can register to be notified when it is updated at http://dragonscalesapp.com
Falling Keys– no way to contact
HearItNoteIt– waiting on response
Home Concert Xtreme– While the original HCX (legacy version) won’t work with iOS 11, the new Home Concert Xtreme 3 app for iPad is now available in the App Store. They are offering a low, introductory price for your benefit. HCX 3 has all of the same award-winning features and interactivity of the original iPad app. And, they added a few new things, too! In the new HCX 3, you’ll find:
- Bluetooth LE MIDI Support
- A new, MUCH improved set of General MIDI sounds
- A new collection of FREE MIDI Files
Isle of Tune– Play for free via web browser instead at isleoftune.com (need flash app, like Puffin or Photon, if on iPad)
Kinderbach– this one has been unsupported for awhile. There are no plans on bringing it back.
Melody/Melody– waiting on response
MonkeyDrum– waiting on response
Music for Little Mozarts– Alfred Music developers has no plans to update this app at this time.
Music Intervals, Music Keys, Music Cubes and Music Tones by Foriero- are not coming back. HOWEVER new and improved apps specifically for music education is coming! I’ll keep you updated.
Music Theory for Beginners– waiting on response
MyRhythm– The new iOS11 version of MyRhythm should now be available. The version for iPhone (MyRHythm HD) is forthcoming as is the compatible version for Ultimate Ear Trainer.
Note Perfect– waiting on response
Note Squish– no way to contact (all his apps are no longer in the App Store)
Treble Kids– waiting on response
TuneTrain– WILL be updating. Can’t give an exact release date but will let me know when it’s available.
PenguinChase and Pluto Piano– no way to contact (email bounced, website gone)
PianoGames– I don’t know how many of you had/remembered the JoyTunes PianoGames app. This was all anthems from different countries. JoyTunes reminded me that they have a national anthems category in Piano Maestro and she said to stay tuned for more after I reminded them it was an Olympic year. Looking forward to whatever updates they end up doing for that.
RhytRep– no way to contact
Rhythm Expert– For personal challenges/reasons, not able to update.
Rhythm Racer/Rhythm Racer 2– gone from App Store (2 is still showing up but not supported)
Rhythm Training (Sight Reading)– waiting on response
Right Note – Ear Trainer– no plans to update
Singing Fingers– Hoping to update the app. He has started work on it but doesn’t want to make any promises about if and when it will get done.
Simon’s Cat– waiting on response
Symphonica– After receiving an automated response they received my email, I received this follow-up email… “That information has not yet been announced or we are not able to comment at this time. Please stay up to date on our website (http://na.square-enix.com) for up to date information on our titles (both current and upcoming). We apologize we cannot assist further at this time.”
Fun fact: Square Enix is the same company that makes the Final Fantasy games. Who knows, maybe something even better is in store?!
Toontastic (all varieties)- waiting for response
TrainBeats– waiting on response
Treble Kids– waiting on response
Ultimate Ear Trainer– Update is forthcoming.
VidRhythm– waiting on response
Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra– They don’t currently have plans to update the Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra app. However, you can access the content directly from their website, at https://brittenpears.org/explore/benjamin-britten/music/young-persons-guide/ (will need flash app, like Puffin or Photon, if on iPad)
If there is a 32-bit app you were hoping to hear about that is not listed above, leave it in the comments below and I will do my best to contact them.
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