[quote] I have just completed a driver that lets the iPod work with Windows Media Player in XP. It works even better than with iTunes!!! Forget Xplay, this is really good stuff ¿Should I release it????
Dude, why did you waste your time writing software for WINDOWS?? :confused: :confused: :confused:
Well, now that you've written it, you might as well release it. I suggest you do the following:
1. Make it shareware, and charge a ridiculous fee so that windows users get shafted the way Mac users normally do with software prices. I'd say $49.95 is a good price...if a Windows user can pay $400 for an iPod, then they shouldn't mind an extra 50 bucks...they should've bought a Mac in the first place.
2. Don't cut corners on the registration system, be sure that it is secure. Check out this link to see what I'm talking about:
Because you don't want those stinkin' Windows users to pirate your hard work, and at $49.95 they will be working very hard at it. (ok, 50 bucks is a bit much, perhaps $25 is more reasonable?). You should spend as much time on creating a secure, crack-proof registration as you did writing the software, because you deserve good money for your work, and because Windows users don't deserve anything for free.
3. Make the software fully functional for 30 days before it needs to be registered, that way the users get hooked on it. Then, when the registration expires, the software becomes totally useless, not crippled like some shareware. Force them to buy it
4. When you make the registration part of the software, I suggest the follow "trick" to make sure people pay for it...if they try to enter a pirated registration number, or if they somehow try to "crack" your software, then let them think the program is working at first. Then, the next time they plug in their iPod, have the program totally wipe the iPod's HD, and when it's completed the wipe, display a message, "Please pay the registration fee for continued usage of this product. You're iPod has been wiped clean and will function properly again after you pay the registration fee. Thank you for trying out my product". LOL.
5. Make sure the registration number is specific to their hardware, so they can only use it on ONE computer. And if they reformat their drive (a common event for windows users), they will have to contact you for a new registration number, just like with Micro$oft's registration policy. If they buy a new computer, they must contact you for a new registration number. Basically, you should make it a total pain in the ass....only answer their emails on certain days of the week, for example, tell them that "tech support" will give them a new registration number after confirming that they've paid for the product, but that "tech support" is only open on Tuesdays from 8am to 11am. If they complain, give them a faulty registration number so the software will wipe their iPod's HD...then apologize and tell them your Windows XP crashed and you lost a bunch of registration data, you cannot confirm that they ever paid, but you'll give them a new registration number for free nevertheless because you're such a nice guy.
So, what I'm saying is, don't make it easy for the windows users. Make it difficult and expensive, so they have incentive to buy a Mac.
And it might not be a bad idea to pull a Micro$oft stunt with your drivers. Do something like they do to their Mac software: make the drivers so that they work flawlessly at first, but have them degrade over time, so that after 6-9 months or so, they repeatedly crash, corrupt MP3s when transferring to the iPod, and other nasty stuff. The only way to fix them is to reinstall, and of course to reinstall they will have to contact you for a new registration number! LOL!
One more thing: have your software send information packets over the internet back to your server from time to time. That way it will spook anyone who looks into the software too close, and they will be skeptical of using the iPod with their Wintels. If they ask you about it, tell them it's sending bug report data so you can improve your product. If they complain again, give them a faulty registration number so their HD gets wiped!