Buddha Machine for iPhone

edited December 2008 in General
Long time Beatmaker fan, and very pleased to see the new version makes it the dominant app on the iPhone again! Bravi!

- But also-

Just wanted to let you know our Buddha Machine iPhone App launched this week!

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But maybe you don't know about our little box...

The Buddha Machine is basically a music project which found a second life. It is a small plastic box which plays 1 of 9 loops of droning music made by FM3. That's it. It plays them until you change the loop or until the batteries die. The simplicity of the box itself is pretty deceptive though, because for many, many people it becomes sort of a life-tool or even a "friend". It's gained support from people/groups as wide ranging as Brian Eno to Snow Patrol, Pitchfork to the Wall Street Journal.

Boing Boing recently reviewed our newest model just last week:
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and if you have a sec, check this great New York Times article about us:
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The iPhone version is an exact replica of the original, including the 9 original loops and 7 original colors too.
Anyway, would love it if you could help us get the word out about it!

Hope that doesn't read like spam... just trying to get the word spread...


  • edited 10:40AM
    Hey DjDonnaSummer,

    Seems like a neat little program.. but $4? I'm not trying to dissuade from making some money, but iDrum and noiseIo are much more of an app for 2x the price... and BeatMaker is only $20. I only say this because after reading several stories about iPhone apps that sold for $5 to $10 and now sell for .99 are making more money now than they did for 10x the price..because the .99 is an appealing price even for simple apps. I could see paying $1 for your app.. but $4 is kinda hard to swallow when I have apps like BeatMaker, iDrum, noise.io, etc for not much more. Either way, good luck with your app, I wish you success.
  • edited 10:40AM
    Hey, I hear what you're saying!!
    You know, there's a few factors to this whole app thing that are out of my own personal hands. Developing an iPhone app isn't exactly cheap nor easy at this point, and there are costs involved. That said, a physical Buddha Machine sells for $25, so $4 for a virtual version seems not so much.

    What's more, there's already quite a few people in the iPhone Dev. community who are worried about this grossly under-priced new market. Just because EA games sell their apps for $10 doesn't mean that everyone should. We all know that of the 10,000+ apps now available most are novelties to be used once and then forgotten about. Products with a different mind set need to break away and try to work as they see fit. In fact I personally believe that apps that have a real value (like Beatmaker- great example) are worth more than a few dollars, mainly because they add much greater value to the iPhone as a practical device. And while I'd say that the Buddha Machine doesn't really do "that much", it does almost the exact same thing as the physical version, and there is a value in that.

    So thanks very much for your comments! I'm not offended at all, and hope you don't find this pandering! There's so many new topics that are emerging with this whole iPhone community, so there's a lot of complex issues to work out still.
  • edited 10:40AM
    Thank you for the heads up on this! I bought two of the original Buddha Machines and just so happen to have a new one on the way from ear-rational... Really fantastic to have this on the iPhone and a *steal* at 4 bucks in my opinion. I think I paid about 26 each for the original boxes... Very nice indeed.
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