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Molten is free, get it while it lasts!

Molten Drum Machine (link to mini-review) has been the drum app I recommend most. It was the first to offer both Audio Copy/Paste (for sample importing) and Virtual MIDI. In fact, as far as I know, it is still the only dedicated groove app that has both of these features. In many ways it felt more like the hardware Electribes than the iElectribe does. One Red Dog has decided to focus attention on the future of Arctic Keys and can no longer support Molten. Before it is removed from iTunes, it has been made available for free this month!

Buy Molten on iTunes: Free

Grab it while you can, and make sure you back it up on iTunes... but please don't bug Peter for support! In memoriam, here is the original trailer released with it back in November 2010.

Reader Comments (15)

Dropping support and removing it from the AppStore? Really? And next up is the current version of Arctic Keys. Doesn't really wanna make me spend any more money on this devs apps in the future.

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChrisG

Heard good things about this app. Definitely going to check it out. It's unfortunate they won't be supporting it any more.

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTim Behrens

I guess I can see your point, but how long do you think a developer should continue to support a $3 app? I get a LOT of support emails for various apps and configurations, and I try to answer them all, but often times a single email can take an hour. I can imagine that really interfering with future app development.

July 3, 2012 | Registered CommenterTim Webb

Well dropping support also means if something breaks in the next iOS update you won't be able to use Molten anymore. I dunno, keeping it on the AppStore and fix it if something breaks doesn't really cost the dev any money or much time. Unless Apple really change things around with their OS. And for a $10 app I expect at least a few years commitment from the devs.

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChrisG

I'm pretty sure he is working on a new and improved app (not arctic keys). I don't see why he needs to continue supporting molten. if you have it, you keep it. if not, then get his next app.
that said, i'm not a huge fan of molten. it is ok. but he can do better and i'm sure that is his plan.
And hey, it is FREE!

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymouse

Why would the developer remove it from iTunes? How is that better than just leaving it there?

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDS

If he removes it from the store, it will stop new users from adding to the workload that Tim has pointed out.
You only have to read some of the store reviews for lots of audio/midi apps to realise that a lot of them are easily solved, usually by removing apps from your taskbar, rebooting, or a re-install; that's even before reading the manual, checking forums, and learing how to use it!

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBlebhead

The price is right...nuff said...

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChezzdog

Gotta say, I really like it. It's got a much better workflow than Arctic Keys, which I still don't think is any good. At least I didn't pay for another of his apps I'll never use.

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBlebhead

Well spewed! Blebhead.. I too find his GUI very thoughtful and soothing to my fillet of sole....

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChezzdog

ChrisG said

"Well dropping support also means if something breaks in the next iOS update you won't be able to use Molten anymore. I dunno, keeping it on the AppStore and fix it if something breaks doesn't really cost the dev any money or much time. Unless Apple really change things around with their OS. And for a $10 app I expect at least a few years commitment from the devs."

Talk about the app store skewing our sense of value. You seriously expect a few years commitment for 10 bucks? If you got three good drum tracks out of molten, I reckon you guys are even. If you didn't get 3 good drum tracks out of molten, you're doing it wrong.

And of course it costs the dev something to update an app after an OS upgrade. Time they could be spending making another more profitable app or, you know, getting drunk with friends, or, well, anything that's not updating old code to work with a new OS. No, he owes you for your 10 bucks.

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWill

Disappointing, especially as i only bought this a few months back, it’s got some features which make it quite unique so when it finally does break due to an ios update this will be sorely missed.

@Will, yes the app store may have skewed our sense of value but this is the standard that has now been set. Whilst i don't expect a continuous stream of free updates offering new features and so on, just keeping it at least working would be nice. If my app doesn't have a use by date stamped on it then i would like to get some life out of it.

Ultimately it’s a case of buyer beware, I’ll certainly be careful about future purchases from this developer. That said, to those who haven’t got it, its free! Get it!

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom

According to the above logic, shouldn't buyer beware of buying any Apple product?

July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLogik

I think it's more a case of 'buyer be aware'. Any app in the app store can just disappear and not be supported on future OSes - just like all software has always been. Be aware of this. If you're spending $50+ dollars on a piece of software, it probably makes sense to get some sort of confirmation from the developer regarding how long they aim to support it.

If you're spending $3, you know, whatever. How long do you expect your cappuccino to last?

@chrisG, I was unnecessarily harsh in my comment and if I could edit my dickishness down, I would. Sorry.

July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWill

"According to the above logic, shouldn't buyer beware of buying any Apple product?"

Yes - sound like pretty sound logic to me.

Either way, I'm sure that most people are actually less worried about the financial commitment of a 3 dollar app, but are more worried about time invested and/or becoming accustomed to the availability of certain functions.

July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom
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