The Little App Factory

Haiti Donation Tally

Our donation period concluded with $5755.09 raised through the sale of our two newest apps, Ringtones and Rivet. The Little App Factory decided to round that number up to $10,000, for a grand total of $20,000 going to Doctor’s Without Borders during the month of January. Again, thanks to everybody who participated and helped make it a success.

A Helping Hand for Haiti

The staff of The Little App Factory are truly saddened by the earthquake in Haiti and in order to assist we are immediately donating $10,000 to Doctors Without Borders. On top of this, all sales until the end of the month of our new hit product Ringtones, and our Xbox & PS3 media streamer Rivet, will be donated to the same charity.

Please see this page for more information.

Rivet Gets a Facelift

Check out Rivet’s new icon. The green glow is so soothing… it’s almost alien-like.

Rivet's new icon.

Ringtones has been released!

Creating ringtones for your iPhone is now much simpler and way more fun with Ringtones!

The application was born out of our philosophy of wanting to create best-of-breed applications when we feel the current market options are too complex and convoluted. As of today, you simply have to press one button to create high quality ringtones for your iPhone which can include fade in/out and even the ability to add repeat. No setup is required as Ringtones is tightly integrated into your iTunes library.

Ringtones is available today with an unrestricted 10 use trial, and if you so desire to change your ringtone daily, then you can buy it for $12.95.


Rivet Joins The Little App Factory

The Little App Factory is pleased to announce that Rivet has joined our triplet of media applications allowing you to easily enjoy your digital life on your TV by utilising your Xbox 360 or Playstation 3. Without any modifications to your console you can view your movies and photos or listen to your iTunes library in an interface that you find familiar.

Whenever your Mac is awake Rivet is ready to stream your media allowing you to save valuable disk space on your console. The app looks in your iTunes library and iPhoto to find your media automatically while also allowing you to flexibly point the application at folders of files. It then instantly mirrors any changes you may make to your media on your Mac. Managing the application is also very simple via the unobtrusive menubar icon.

Rivet was previously developed by Cynical Peak under the extremely capable guise of Brad Miller. He also makes some other excellent Mac and iPhone applications.

Rivet allows you to stream 25 videos or songs (with unlimited photos) before you will need to purchase the application for $19.95; check it out today!

MacWorld’s review of RipIt for the Editor’s Choice Award. Skip to 4:10 to see RipIt’s part!

Congrats to RipIt!

Congratulations to RipIt and especially it’s original owner and creator, Jason Allum, for earning both the 2009 MacWorld Editors’ Choice Award and the Mac Gems of the Year award.

Long live the world’s best DVD ripper!

New Store is Live!

After months of hard work and hours spent baking in the kitchen, the new store is finally ready. It’s got some great new features that we’re really excited about both on the front-end and the backend. I think I’m most excited about the new look-and-feel, as it finally fits in with the rest of the site.

The new Evom icon!

The new Evom icon!

So Long and Thanks for All the iPodRip’s!

iPodRip is a product that helps iPod and iPhone users heal the pain of data loss and to this end it is a beneficial service for Apple as irate customers are generally soothed and will look more favourably upon the fruit company. In fact, over the last 6 years we have helped millions of people recover from these situations and as can be attested to from our Facebook page, we have many happy customers. To us this was a symbiotic relationship: we did our best to provide a high quality service and Apple left us alone. In fact, it worked better then that as Apple regularly recommended our product. This last fact pleased us greatly.

However, all is no longer well as for some reason Apple changed their tune 2 weeks ago. They have stated we can’t use the name iPodRip, can’t use an iPod icon (who knew?) and can’t even retain ownership over our domain names. In fact, our entire business has been thrown into turmoil as we wonder about our future revenue and whether we need to lay-off staff all the while dealing with lawyers; lawyers with very deep pockets.

Now, you may be saying that we deserve it for using Apple’s trademark but no, in Australia it doesn’t work that way. Our Trademark Act of 1995 states that if “the person uses the trade mark in good faith to indicate the intended purpose of goods” then we are not causing an infringement. When we created the name back in 2003 it was quite simple: Apple was advertising “Rip, Mix and Burn” and my software ripped your iPod back to your computer. Hence, the logical conclusion was iPodRip.

So why aren’t we fighting it then? Other than the aforementioned deep pockets, which would effectively bankrupt us before we started, we are loyal to Apple. We are all Apple customers, most of us are Apple shareholders and of course we develop for the Mac OS X platform. No, we don’t think they are doing the right thing by us or their customers but ultimately without them TLAF wouldn’t exist today.

When we look back in history at the big companies and how their slow declines started there were usually two signs: they stopped caring about the little things and their internal departments stopped talking to each other. Apple, this was a little thing but something that your support team needed and your legal department decided against. As the mismanaged App Store also proves, the beast that Apple has become is ultimately becoming unwieldy and dare I say unfriendly. Hopefully this can be changed.

To all the people who are recommended by friends to download iPodRip and run into the countless scams that will now permeate the top results on Google: we’re sorry. We wish we could stop these frauds happening but Apple has tied our hands.

To all our customers over the years, we thank you for your support and gratitude. When we can look back through all the pleasant notes you’ve left us it makes this process of rebuilding so much easier. We hope to be here in another 6 years making products that we love and that bring a smile to your face.

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