What’s Happening with the App?
My plan was to build an iOS/Android app but that became almost impossible after Apple’s app review. To put it simply, they basically told me it’s not going to happen. In order for me to get it approved, I would need a letter of approval from Disney to allow the app to use it’s 3rd party data (the music). I do have an active license to play the music through ASCAP, but I’m not sure that would be enough. I also have to go back and make significant changes to the app so that when a user installs it, they are not prompted to log in to their account right away. Apple is against forcing users to share private information (name & email) unless the data is account-specific. I tried explaining to the Apple representative that the playlists are account-specific but it didn’t work.
So what is going to happen?
At this point, I’m going to hold off on then native app. It makes me so . But, why hold off? Because I feel that it would be a never-ending battle to get the correct approval and I can shift my focus on other things I feel this amazing community will really enjoy. I have been working on site improvements such as a new photo-sharing app. One of the things I saw people enjoyed were the way the old photos were handled. When the next version of D-COT releases, you will be able to create albums easier, upload photos easier and comment better. It will have a Facebook look and feel to the photos. With this, I plan to remove the “Legacy Photos” portion of the site which is from a much older version of D-COT. Please download those photos if you wish to keep them.
As I know most of you really like the community aspect of the site, I will be focusing more on making D-COT an actual application; think of something like Spotify or Amazon Music. The first step in this direction will be for me to build a Windows and Mac native app! It will load faster and the UI will be friendlier. The code-base behind this app will allow me to more easily transfer it to a native iOS/Andriod app if time allows me to battle the approval process.
Contributors + YouTube Show
I did not forget about this. I will be choosing contributors next week and will be announcing them on the new D-COT Talk show. That’s right! I can’t wait to have in place our news media outlet for all the juicy Disney rumors and news.
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