Today, I made a hard decision.
Apple has introduced sandboxing for OS X months ago. Many developer were angry about it, and Apple decided to soften the rules.
Ecoute 3.0.4 was compliant with Sandboxing rules, until Apple decided to redo their decision. We tried to submit Ecoute 3.0.6 anyway, but it was rejected about 4 times.
What is the real problem about Ecoute and Sandboxing rules? Well, Apple does not allow read-write access to any directory/file, except if we specify some “exceptions”. Exceptions are Music, Movies, Pictures, and Downloads folders.
The exception on the Music directory sounds enough to you, right? Nope.. There’s a huge bug with it: we can’t access the music files (I submitted this bug to Apple, but it seems not to happen on every Mac).
The other exception is: “user-selected File”.
We can also keep a strong access to any directory, but it also requires the user selection on first use.
I completely understand that it’s all about user’s security, but Ecoute only needs read-access to your files.. nothing more!
Anyway, Ecoute 3.0.6 was ready for the App Store, and was compliant with sandboxing rules.. despite it completely breaks the user experience by spamming him with open panels asking to “locate any directory containing your music”.
Some of you may already know that, but working for PixiApps is not our full-time job. This is a pure hobby.. a hobby we really love.
Today, Ecoute for OS X becomes free until v4.0 gets released. We will focus on bringing the best user interface / experience ever on a music player, while agreeing fully with the sandboxing rules. And we can promise that the v4.0 will cost less than $4.
Thank you for your understanding.
P.S: For anyone wondering if you’ll have to pay for upgrading to 4.0, the answer is yes. However, we plan to sell it for only $0.99 (limited time, of course).
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