The future of Complete Ear Trainer, Complete Rhythm Trainer and Complete Music Reading Trainer

First, we would like to start by thanking everyone who uses our apps. We have a lot of incredibly nice feedback and if we usually don’t answer them, we sure read them with great pleasure and they are very important to us and what keep us going.

We are currently very happy with the state of the apps on Android, and we have a build compatible with Android 12 ready to be published. On iOS, there is still a lot of things to port and small things to improve, but we are confident that the iOS port of the apps will be on par with their Android counterparts within a few months, with the same features and level of attention to details.

We are also investigating in possibly adding two major features:
• A new mode dedicated to chord progressions in Complete Ear Trainer
• A new drill type (or dedicated mode) in Complete Music Reading Trainer: chord reading

But, and this is the main point and object of this post, we are also thinking about changing some things on a more fundamental level. And as we are not really sure of what would be best both for users and for us, we would be really interested in having your feedback and help us decide what the future of our apps will be.

You might have heard about the recent news of Windows 11 being able to natively execute Android apps. That will definitely be a great feature of the OS. But this feature will use Amazon AppStore, and not Google Play. This means that you will not be able to use any of the apps you bought on Google Play on Windows 11: you will be able to download them, but as they won’t be able to access the Google Play services, you will not be able to retrieve your license and sync your progression between Windows 11 and your mobile devices.

It’s because the app is a “traditional” app: when you install it on Google Play or Apple AppStore, it uses the features of these stores to handle the licensing and the sync with the cloud. It’s a model that really has its advantages: we don’t have to build, maintain and operate our own servers. That’s why we can offer a “one-time payment that unlocks everything forever” (and one that is quite reasonably priced).

But we don’t like the idea that you cannot sync your progression and license between platforms.

Also, we have started to think about making a web and desktop version of the apps.

And that’s why we started to look into alternatives.

The alternative to the traditional app/software model is to have what is called a software as a service: you can use the software as a service on any device (Android, iOS, web, desktop), and your license and data are always synced between your different platforms and devices.

This is great, but there is a major problem with this: we cannot rely on Google Play or Apple AppStore services anymore. We have to build, maintain and operate our own servers. And that has a cost.

In other terms: we cannot offer the same “one-time payment that unlocks everything forever” with this model: we will need to have a subscription of some sort to be sure that we can continue operating servers and cover server costs in the future.

There is no way around this. Some companies manage to do software as services that stays free, but they are either huge company with funding that do not care to loose some money, and/or they sell your data. With niche apps for musicians, no funding, and with selling data absolutely out of the question, this is impossible for us.

But we are not sure about what would be the best way to do this. Not doing it at all and keep the traditional approach? Making the subscription optional? Making the subscription mandatory for new users?

That’s quite the puzzle for us, and that’s why we made a survey that you can take if you have a few minutes to spare: your feedback will be very important in helping us make the right decision.

Last thing: we are thinking of also improving our teacher/school management. If you are concerned by this, please answer the questions at the end of the survey and do not hesitate to be in touch with us and submit feedback and ideas.

Please click on this link to start the survey: https://forms.gle/1jkf6dGULAn6EXUR9

Thank you very much for your time and your help,

The Binary Guilt Software team.

2,000,000 downloads

The three apps that we have created and developed (Complete Ear TrainerComplete Rhythm Trainer and Complete Music Reading Trainer) have been downloaded more than 2 million times on Google Play!

We are humbled by this, and hope that these apps have been useful to most of the people that downloaded them.

In addition to continue working on the iOS port (a few features are still missing on iOS), we have started to work on some very cool new features for the near-future, more information coming soon!

App updates

Almost a year since we have made a post about Complete Ear TrainerComplete Rhythm Trainer and Complete Music Reading Trainer. Time for an update!

First we have a developed a translation management system so anyone can help translating the apps in different languages. You can find it here: https://translate.binaryguilt.com. Thanks to this tool, but above all thanks to the wonderful Maksym Vlasov, Ezequiel Santos, Tomasz Sęczkowski, Christian Plonka and Miranda Roll-Lund:

Then, these last few months we added two sections to Complete Rhythm TrainerPolyrhythms (play and practice any polyrhythm) and Free Practice (write and play any rhythm).

On the iOS side, we are hard at work on the iOS port and we finally released custom programs for the iOS version of Complete Ear Trainer. Custom programs are of course cross-platform and you can create custom programs for your students that can be joined and played from both Android and iOS devices. Remaining features are currently ported (additional sound banks, UI update, etc.) and as soon as it is done, Complete Rhythm Trainer and Complete Music Reading Trainer port will start. We hope to release everything this year.

That’s all for now!

Complete Ear Trainer v2.0.0

Complete Ear Trainer v2.0.0 has just been released on Android.

It includes:

  • New audio engine with improved sound quality
  • Updated UI, including new images
  • Wizard screens UI updated
  • Buttons to play intervals, chords and scales in theory screens
  • 4 new chord types in custom drills: m7b13, 7b13, m7b9b13 et 7b9b13
  • It is now possible to increase the frequency of an interval or a chord in custom drills

Get it here:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.binaryguilt.completeeartrainer

New in Complete Ear Trainer: Custom Programs

After months of hard work, we are excited to release a whole new feature for Complete Ear Trainer: Custom Programs.

In addition to still be able to create quick single custom drills, you can now create full custom training programs with up to 20 chapters and 20 drills per chapter. Custom programs are really useful if you want to build a personalized training program and are offering many options: chapters/simple drill list, scoring, stars, number of required stars, etc.

But that’s not all, you can invite friends or students to join your custom programs. Each custom program can have its own private leaderboards and for example if you’re a teacher you can create custom programs for your students, add drills every week and see their scores on the leaderboards.

I’ll sure be using this myself when teaching!

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Complete Ear Trainer update

We just published version 1.5.0 of Complete Ear Trainer on Android. New features highlights:

  • Easy mode added. A brand new mode specially designed for beginners featuring 51 drills over 12 chapters
  • The results screen has been greatly improved with better contextual texts and a brand new secondary screen with detailed result, explanation and statistics
  • 6 new sound banks added: vintage piano, Rhodes piano, harpsichord, concert harp, strings and pizzicato strings. There’s now a total of 8 sound banks available
  • The guitar sound bank has been remade from scratch
  • Sound banks are now handled in a new dedicated screen where you can preview, buy, download and delete them
  • New option added: random sound bank. By selecting this, each question will use a different sound bank
  • You can now set a number of questions for custom drills. As a result, custom drills with a finite number of questions are behaving like classic drills, with a results screen and a high score kept and displayed on the cards
  • To work on specific inversions, it is now possible to chose which inversions to exclude in a custom drill
  • The 12 harmonic and melodic minor modes are now available in custom drills

And more, full changelog here: Android Changelog

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