Piano Time just crossed the 100,000 download mark since the launch of Windows 8! Here are all the stats I can dig up of the first 3 months in the store. Piano Time also recently won the Apptivate.ms contest sponsored by Microsoft and Stack Overflow.
Hopefully this will help some people get an idea of where the Windows Store is headed. Feel free to chime in with your experiences in the store.
Piano Time has averaged about 1,100 downloads a day since launch with a one-day high of 3,400 which was on Christmas day. It has been close to the top of the Music & Video – Free category since launch but has started to slip lately. The US and UK have the biggest share of downloads but it has been downloaded in every country the store is available.
Piano Time is monetized in a few ways; Advertising, a Pro version, and in-app purchases.
Piano Time has one main advertisement supplied by Microsoft Advertising. As you can see below the average eCPM is a terrible 40 cents for 1,855,017 impressions. I’m hoping this goes up as more advertisers come to Windows 8.
Piano Time Pro Version
Piano Time Pro was released a couple weeks after Piano Time and doesn’t have any ads. It also has the ability to save MP3s included in the cost. I’ve slowly raised the price from $1.99 to $3.49. So far it’s had 233 downloads with a revenue of $468.48
In the last update I added an in-app purchase to save your recordings as MP3 files for $1.99, but that has only been in the app for less than a week. It’s too early to tell if it will generate any significant income.
I recently updated River Flows to support some of the Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) featues like multiple live tiles and scheduled task agents. The new scheduled task agent updates the background images of the live tiles every 30 minutes (great post on how to generate live tile background images)
Everything was great until I went to submit my app to the marketplace. It turns out there is a list of unsupported background agent APIs that can’t be in any assembly references for a Scheduled Task Agent project. Initially I had my Windows Phone Application project structured with a class library that was referenced in both the Windows Phone project as well as Scheduled Task Agent project. I had to re-structure the solution to this:
Once I had restructured the class libraries so that my Scheduled Task Agent project didn’t reference any unsupported APIs and I was still able to have good code reuse, the marketplace submission worked.Read More
Here’s an example of some custom jQuery UI work that allows elements to be sorted, dragged, dropped and searched for.Read More
Revel Software just released it’s first Windows Phone 7 App called River Flows.
Revel Software has been working with Our Kids Our Schools for the past year developing their web application using CakePHP and MySQL. The site allows parents to order healthy school lunches for their kids that are delivered directly to their school. They are currently serving the South Denver Metro area. Check out some screenshots below and see their recent feature on Channel 7 News.