I leave 2019 feeling pretty good about it. 2019 was a good year for me and I think we saw a lot of great new apps arrive throughout the year! I'm even more optimistic about 2020.
We are now deep into the 21st Century and I expect to see more people start to act like it. Our technology has advanced in leaps and bounds, but I think it is taking people a little longer to catch up. We've seen 90's and 80's nostalgia a lot in the last decade, and I'm hoping this next decade will see more originality. Or at least I sincerely hope we don't get 00's nostalgia with people dressing like Justin Timberlake at parties.
Before we look into the future to predict what 2020 holds, let's look back at our predictions for 2019.
Reader pineal wave got a twofer with his prediction that we'd seen new AUv3s from FabFilter, and that Korg would finally begin to embrace AUv3. It looked like he was only going to get half of that, but Korg updated Electribe Wave with AUv3 support in November!
Grammatonfeather and flamp successfully predicted that Samplr wouldn't get an update. It remains as it has since December 2014. It is easily the most-used abandoned-app. I see it in new YouTube videos weekly.
Laarz took a shot in the dark that I'd become tolerant to spam bots and adopt a progressive stance on the rights of Artificial Intelligence. He was surprisingly correct. The spam bots still get killed with extreme prejudice, but this year I went full technocrat. I've long believed that democracy had obsolesced in the last century, but in 2019 I became an AI Supremacist. Throughout history we've seen humanity fail to protect the rights of the disenfranchised. AI is already doing a better job of detecting cancer than Radiologists, so we will increasingly rely on AI to do the important work that we cannot depend on humans to get right. I think we can all agree that government is one of those areas that humans rarely, if ever, get right.
There were a bunch of you that were predicting that NanoStudio 2 would get Audio Tracks in 2019. Grammatonfeather was the only one to hedge against this.
Erik had high hopes for Apple and Roland to both take music making on iOS more seriously. Sadly they both failed to bring us Logix Pro X, or an official Roland TB-303 app.
BDBaker expected iOS 13 to "completely fuck up all audio apps that are now working on iOS 12" which was mercifully not the case. He picks up a double-fail here with his prediction that we'd get the elusive Loopy Pro in 2019.
Jack Frosto and Red Sky Lullably both thought Propellerheads might do something useful with Reason Compact, but it has mostly been a disappointment. Their latest update in October only changed their branding to reflect their new name, "Reason Studios". It hasn't been abandoned, but no one would look at this app and tell you that this is the Reason for iPad they wanted.
The biggest fail of all was my own prediction that Android would see any increasing relevance to music makers. I'm throwing in the towel on this perennial prediction. Just last week one of the die-hard Apple-haters I know finally dipped his toes into the iOS ecosystem after years of disappointment from Android.
What's Coming in 2019?
It is hard to make predictions when you're content and just want more of the same. Now that I've spent some time really thinking about it, I'm quite happy with the pace of apps we've seen in 2019. I hope that continues!
I expect to see Apple continue to waste more time and resources convincing people they should want watches, after decades of not even wearing watches, instead of doing a damn thing for the creative community. Eh, that doesn't really count as a prediction. That's a certainty. Let me look at my 2020 Crystal Ball. Okay I got one! Now that Behringer cloned all of the classic synths they'll turn their eyes to iOS, where they'll start cloning apps.
Open Mic: New Year's Predictions for 2020!
In the comments here please share your wildest predictions for what we'll see in 2020!