Let's Debate... The Big Questions
In just a few months BM3 will celebrate its 2-year anniversary, so I thought this might be a good opportunity to (a) reflect on these first 2 years, (b) look ahead to the future, and (c) debate some of the bigger, more philosophical questions about iOS music and the community.
Important note: To be clear, I would like this thread to become a place for well-thought and reasoned debate, so please take time to read and consider the questions and responses before giving your views.
So to kick things off, here are 5 'big' questions I've been thinking about recently, and would like to discuss out in the open ..
1. What is stopping BM3 taking a stronger position in the iOS DAW market?
Is it the name? Marketing? Learning curve? Missing features?
In my opinion, I'm still genuinely surprised it hasn't completely overtaken less fully-featured iOS DAWs and remains somewhat niche. This is why I've been writing a BM3 user guide/book for the last few months (which I hope to publish ASAP).
2. What does the future hold for iOS music, and how does BeatMaker feature as part of it?
Will iOS production continue to grow, stay as it is now, or decline? Will there be more premium plugins ported going forward (eg Fabfilter) or has this ultimately proven not worth the time and effort?
3. How do we build a stronger community of dedicated fans and help on-board new users most effectively
4. Is there anything we can do to address the less positive associations BM3 has (eg "it's only good for making hip hop beats')?
5. Does a DAW like BM3 need a more robust payment system (eg subscription) in order to support and fund it's ongoing refinement and development?