I read a blog posts by Derek Sivers about how easy it was for him to become an entrepreneur after accepting the facts of living as a a musician. This got me started thinking about how there are things that are similar, but that you implement very differently.
If you make a song or an album, most of the time you’re trying to say that it’s unique or at least new and fresh from whatever the prospective fan/music listener has ever heard before. You’d never do that with an application or a car. Imagine how stupid it would sound if you tried to sell an iPhone app only by telling that it is “new, fresh, and you’ve never used anything like it before”
When you made an app, you know that this is not the end, it’s rather the beginning of the life of the app. You now need to tell the world that it exists. As loudly and proudly as you can. Music often travels a very short way from the artist. Just adding it on the Internet does not make it spread. Not many songs are viral, not even the hit’s you hear on radio.
When someone tells you that you’re app doesn’t work on blah blah blah, you listen to them and try to fix the bug. When someone tells you that they don’t like you’re music, you possibly hate them and call them poseurs. What if you listened to their critique as if it was a bug and then (if you want them as costumer) tries to fix it next time. It could be that the super loud snare really isn’t all that great.
If someone critiques your music, it’s often to late to change anything, and if you do have the time to change stuff you think real hard about if you want your song to move the way that where suggested. If you’d apply this on app-making instead of adding every single feature asked for you might end up with a better app.
As a musician it could be that you only send you’re songs to some record companies and hope they will like it enough to give you money. This would be as if an app developer only sent their application only to (apple, google) and hope that they press “show in market”. That would be stupid, send it everywhere.
If you’re making an app, you might try to act all corporate and hide behind a web-page. If you are a rock ‘n roll band you put your faces on the front page and tell everyone what you’re favorite food is. If you’re a small company you might as well act as rock stars, it’s less douche.
I’m sure there are more, but I want to go take a bath now, if this at all resonates with you, feel free to think about it and utilize it as you like.