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Apr 15, 2018 - 9:48:34 AM
3 posts since 4/15/2018

The widely acclaimed best-ever tuner app for smart phone is suddenly gone! 5,000,000+ downloads, glowing reviews... and it's just disappeared.
What happened and is there any way to still get a copy?
My phone was recently stolen and this is honestly one of the biggest disappointments involved. Next to PitchLab, everything else is just lame!

Apr 16, 2018 - 6:40:31 AM

207 posts since 11/5/2014

I still see it in apple App Store. Are you talking about Android version?

Apr 16, 2018 - 7:36:14 AM

2210 posts since 12/23/2007

Probably not on Android because it's hard to make money. Android users generally expect free apps and the ad revenue on those isn't enough for many publishers.

Apr 16, 2018 - 9:33:12 AM

fidlpat

USA

552 posts since 5/11/2009

There are a number of free tuner apps at the App Store. Work on my iPhone,,,not sure about an Android. I use the Pano-Tuner. There is a $ upgrade to it, but it's fine for me in the free version.

Apr 16, 2018 - 12:04:16 PM

3 posts since 4/15/2018

Yes, It's the android version I was looking for. I guess I thought it was gone from apple, too.
What a bummer!

Apr 23, 2018 - 3:18:53 AM
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essahc

USA

1 posts since 4/23/2018

quote:
Originally posted by amwildman

Probably not on Android because it's hard to make money. 


I purchased the unlock for Pitchlab Pro. it was not free,  and characterizing Android users as wanting everything for free is insulting. we just like an operating system that doesn't suck. 

My point is i Paid for the product. So why did it disappear from my phone?

Apr 23, 2018 - 7:02:47 AM

2210 posts since 12/23/2007

Lots of people tend to get butthurt from the truth.  Chill.

Edited by - amwildman on 04/23/2018 07:03:11

Apr 23, 2018 - 10:00:59 AM
likes this

4313 posts since 9/26/2008

????Really? IPhone vs. Android crap on FHO?

indecision 

I hope you're just having a bad day

Apr 23, 2018 - 7:03:52 PM

2210 posts since 12/23/2007

Not from me.....I was referring to my original statement. I don't give a hoot about OS measuring contests.

You should direct your criticism towards the dude who signed up for an account here today just to pick a fight with me.

May 13, 2018 - 10:56:44 PM

1 posts since 5/13/2018

(Short, practical answer: it is still available for Android through Amazon.)

I was rather surprised to find Pitchlab gone from Google Play when I reset my phone, and so have been on a bit of a search to find out what happened (which is why I'm now posting here, the only place I've found where others are discussing it).

It appears the most probable answer is that the developer simply stopped supporting the app entirely. The most recent update for Android on Amazon, which is the same as on my old phone, is 1.0.20 from 2015-11, and for Apple, it is 1.0.21 from 2015-12, which just fixes an Apple-specific crash. It appears that the app was removed from Google Play in 2017-12; this may have actually been automatic.

Regardless of the removal reason, it is still available for Android via Amazon, just not Google Play. This requires installing Amazon's app store, which you may or may not want to do, but it should work.

If you purchased a license, it is also perhaps a complex question as to whether downloading and installing a pirated copy would be legal, though that carries its own risks. My own solution was to pull the apk from my old phone via adb, store a backup of it, and then use adb to sideload it onto my new phone (keeping a backup of the apk as well). Doing this, if you have access to your own copy somewhere, should be completely legal.

I'd actually suggest making a backup of the apk now, if you have the app installed, as it may well disappear from Amazon as well at some point. It may also disappear from Apple's store, but in that case, there is little you can do.

As to why it stopped being maintained, it may be that the developer simply lost interest, but I also recall noting with concern one update including a note about changing the strobe display to avoid infringing on a patent. It's quite possible that whoever held that patent decided to continue causing a problem, which might also explain why there is no other app that has a similar (ie, actually useful) strobe display.

In any case, I've reached out to the developer to see if I can find out anything more. At some point, without updates, it's likely that the app will stop working in future versions of Android and iOS, and if the developer isn't going to start working on it again, the strobe implementation he has is actually useful enough that I may need to write my own version.

May 14, 2018 - 8:47:10 AM

3 posts since 4/15/2018

Thanks, cgev! Very helpful information.
Man, I hate to see a world-class product like that just vanish into thin air. If you ever get ahold of the developer, I'd be curious to hear the story on what happened.

May 1, 2019 - 6:41:22 PM

2 posts since 5/1/2019

quote:
Originally posted by Willmcdiii

The widely acclaimed best-ever tuner app for smart phone is suddenly gone! 5,000,000+ downloads, glowing reviews... and it's just disappeared.
What happened and is there any way to still get a copy?
My phone was recently stolen and this is honestly one of the biggest disappointments involved. Next to PitchLab, everything else is just lame!


May 1, 2019 - 6:43:02 PM

2 posts since 5/1/2019

so why don't we all ask for our money back from iTunes and quit giving Karl Morton, the devloper that disappeared, any more money. He can refund us or update to new iOS format

May 17, 2019 - 12:57:41 PM

1 posts since 12/10/2014

I just went through the back-up process that cegev recommended, but ABD (Android Device Bridge) seemed a bit more complicated than I wanted. I used the Assistant for Android app to back up PitchLab Pro on my old phone, uploaded the file to dropbox, then downloaded and installed the .apk to my new phone.

Thanks for the idea cegev. I didn't think the unlocked version would carry over!

Oct 20, 2019 - 5:45:44 AM

1 posts since 10/20/2019

quote:
Originally posted by justkidding

I just went through the back-up process that cegev recommended, but ABD (Android Device Bridge) seemed a bit more complicated than I wanted. I used the Assistant for Android app to back up PitchLab Pro on my old phone, uploaded the file to dropbox, then downloaded and installed the .apk to my new phone.

Thanks for the idea cegev. I didn't think the unlocked version would carry over!


I found a version of pitchlite here :    https://pitchlab-lite.en.uptodown.com/android/download    and downloaded the apk file. I copied the file, renamed it to extension .zip and unpacked it. The content seems reasonable. I'm not sure if I dare install it, not sure if free from malicious sw or even working.     It states it is version 1.0.22 , alas later than applestore's version.    

Oct 24, 2019 - 12:44:06 PM

1 posts since 10/24/2019

As many before me, I stumbled upon a non-functional PitchLab on my iPhone, as well as threads like this on the internets. It was in fact the first app I installed the day I got it, and the disappointment was grand. For months I've opened this app over and over again, and every single time I've been let down.

Then, an unexpected ray of sunlight.

I'm happy to announce that as of today, October 10th, 2019, and with the latest iOS version installed, 13.1.3, PitchLab has finally asked my permission to access the microphone, to which I replied "Allow".

I have PitchLab!

All modules, free and paid, work marvelously. I can't stop tuning ****, I've tried stupid tunings on my guitar, mumbled incoherently while varying the pitch of my voice, watched string bends on my screen, discovered what the names of some chords were, and I'm even considering putting this app to some actual, productive use besides making silly tests.

This is a great day, a great day I tell you all!

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