SpeakMyTunes hits No. 1 in Italy

Screenshot of Italy's Mac App Store free Music downloads chartWe are happy to report that since we released version 2.0 of SpeakMyTunes yesterday, it has climbed all the way to the top of the Mac App Store’s free Music downloads chart in Italy. Not only is it occupying the number one spot in the Music category, but at the time of writing it’s also the seventh most popular free app overall. It’s great to see people enjoying SpeakMyTunes and giving us so much positive feedback. We will of course continue development and add further features in future. Grazie mille.

SpeakMyTunes 2.0 is out now.

Yep, we like to keep busy. Hot on the heels of version 1.0’s debut less than a month ago, it’s our pleasure to announce that SpeakMyTunes 2.0 is available for download now. You can grab it straight from our website or, if you prefer, from Apple’s Mac App Store.

It was just a bit of fun when we launched it, but SpeakMyTunes has proven to be quite a hit. In a few short weeks our freeware song announcer for iTunes has been downloaded by thousands of music lovers across the globe. We’d like to thank everyone for the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response: your positive feedback and suggestions just keep pouring in. As you might expect, we’re pretty jazzed that people are enjoying SpeakMyTunes and finding it useful. Encouraged by your kind words and great ideas, we’ve gone on to add some spiffy new features. This is what’s new in version 2.0:

  • You can now compose your own announcement, by combining and reordering any of the available song information tags with custom phrasing you type yourself.
  • There are four new song information elements: Genre, Composer, Year and Comments.
  • Pausing iTunes during SpeakMyTunes announcements is now optional.
  • We’ve added an independent volume control for voice announcements.
  • The application icon can be displayed in the dock only, in the menubar only, or in both.
  • SpeakMyTunes has been localised for French, Spanish and Italian users.

That’s it for the time being. We hope you’ll get a kick out of these improvements – we’ve certainly enjoyed the challenge of implementing your requested features. Anyway, have fun tweaking SpeakMyTunes to your hearts’ content and keep the feedback coming. We love to hear your thoughts. Toodle pip…à bientôt…adiós…and arrivederci!

TypeIt4Me is an Apple Staff Favourite. Now only $19.99.

Good news, everyone: in the wake of an unprecedented surge in sales of TypeIt4Me, we’ve reviewed our pricing model and decided to permanently lower prices across the board – with the cost of a standard single user licence dropping from $27 to just $19.99. We feel this’ll prove to be a sustainable price point and we want our customers to reap the benefits of TypeIt4Me’s strong performance in the new Mac App Store.

The recent launch of the Mac App Store has generated a fantastic buzz, opening up a world of opportunities for Mac users and developers alike. We’re tickled pink that TypeIt4Me – available since day one – has been featured in Apple’s Staff Favourites section in several countries for 3 weeks running now. It’s been enjoying phenomenal success in both the US and Europe and has been catapulted into the Top 10 of paid productivity apps in several territories worldwide.

It’s an absolute blast to see so many people discovering and enjoying our software – in many cases getting their first revelatory taste of just how much time and effort text expansion can save them. In the 22 years since we fired up version 1.0 of TypeIt4Me on an old black-and-white Macintosh SE/30 and brought it to market, we have never seen a rise in uptake quite like this. Not even after TextExpander, Typinator and others arrived on the scene and marshalled their considerable marketing resources to raise awareness of just how nifty typing utilities can be. The wave of enthusiasm with which our long-standing flagship product has been greeted by a new generation of Mac users is truly humbling. We’re not going to be breaking out the caviar and leafing idly through speedboat catalogues anytime soon, but this is certainly a most welcome turning point for us. We’re very grateful for the shot in the arm, Steve :)

…OK, it’s time to wrap this up before it gets too soppy and we ruin our make-up, but before we do we’d just like to extend our warmest thanks and appreciation to all our loyal customers – both early adopters and recent converts – for all the constructive feedback, encouragement and support. We hope TypeIt4Me has made your life that little bit easier and we look forward to improving your Mac experience further still over the years to come. Exciting times are afoot.

Cheers! *clink*

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