Longtime Apple-exclusive developer Algoriddim has made a name for itself with its popular djay app that first found success on the Mac before moving to iPad and eventually iPhone. The app has been featured prominently by Apple over the years, winning an Apple Design Award in 2011 for the original iPad version, and just this month it was featured as a key music app in promotional materials for the new iPad Air 2.

So after such a long tenure and significant success on OS X and iOS, we were interested to learn that Algoriddim is announcing today an expansion to Android, bringing the full djay experience to that platform. While Algoriddim is by no means the first iOS developer to branch out to Android, it is a high-profile, award-winning one and so we chatted a bit with Algoriddim CEO Karim Morsy to find out more about the how and why of the company's move, a perspective not frequently shared at MacRumors.

Morsy pointed out that with, or perhaps despite, 15 million downloads on iOS, the number one request from djay users has long been an Android version of the app. With a strong presence on the Mac platform as well, Algoriddim found plenty of Mac and/or iPad users who use Android phones and have been asking Algoriddim in large numbers to bring the app to their phones.

djay_android_tablet
Rather than a simple port of the iOS version of djay, Algoriddim built the Android version of the app from the ground up, replicating the look and feel of the iOS version wherever possible while bringing feature and performance parity, something that was not always a given considering the pace with which proper tools and frameworks for Android were becoming available. But with the release of Android 4.0 three years ago, Algoriddim finally felt the tools were in place to pursue bringing djay to Android.

Morsy expected development to be challenging, and indeed it was, particularly ensuring that djay worked well across the variety of devices running Android, with the diversity of screen sizes and performance-related specs requiring significant amounts of work to optimize for.


We also asked Morsy whether Algoriddim is expecting any backlash from Apple with the expansion of djay to Android, given that Apple likes to tout apps and other content that is exclusive to its own platforms. But Morsy noted that Apple regularly features apps available across multiple platforms and that the history and continued popularity of djay on Mac and iOS is likely to remain a strong factor as Apple weighs future feature opportunities for the music segment.

As was added to djay 2 for iOS earlier this year, djay 2 for Android brings full integration with Spotify's premium music subscription service, including auto-matching of tracks using technology from The Echo Nest, which was acquired by Spotify in March of this year. The Android version of djay 2 launches today at a limited-time introductory price of $2.99, and users will also receive a free one-week trial of Spotify Premium to test out the service with djay.

Top Rated Comments

Chad-VI Avatar
103 months ago
I bet that most of Android users will download the APK for free from any website.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Chad-VI Avatar
103 months ago
Amazing you know the "majority" of android users. I must be in the minority as I don't know you.
Interested how the claim of "majority of android users" comes to be, you know these people?

Not everyone side loads apk's or has their phones rooted to bypass securities, it's no different than the 'jailbroken' iPhone users, though I'll put money (allow me to embellish on your quote) the majority of android users (see what I did there?) don't run around going "I bet that most of iPhone users will download the .app for free..."

Side loading apk's IS different than the "jailbroken" iPhone users , since it doesn't require you to do any process or modify the software before you could do it, and of course iPhone users don't download the .app for free because it is much less convenient, unlike on Android , where you can easily download and install the apk.
This is what I have an issue with. You just classified the majority of Android users into a group who will not pay Algoriddim for their work. That's BS. Algoriddim will be just another choice. It's not a stretch to assume an app that has been in the App Store for years will make less money in the Play Store after 1 day. Hell, I was the 11th person to download it; bypassing other apps that had already been downloaded over 15 million times. So yeah, Algoriddim has an uphill battle. I'm sure they are well aware of the market. I downloaded their app because they: 1. listened to customers and gave them something they wanted. 2. I'm a big fan of choice. Those who foster it get my patronage.

Look, pay me no mind. Keep doing what you do. I'm just some dude on the internet. If that's how you feel, that's how you feel. Who am I to chastise?

I get your point but why would it be an issue for you? :D
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
69Mustang Avatar
103 months ago
I bet that most of Android users will download the APK for free from any website.

And then say the app sucks.

Spreading divisiveness and discord one quote at a time. Nice. Stay classy.

You two may not be aware but most people aren't tied to one ecosystem. Android and Apple users are often the exact same people. Same as Apple and Windows users. There are even some crazy people in all three ecosystems.:eek:

I don't understand comments like yours. Does it somehow offend your sensibilities that someone else can use an app? :confused: Does it damage a sense of superiority? How exactly does it affect you if Algoriddim decides to expand their user base?

I guess you can take solace in the fact that Apple had it first.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BeyondtheTech Avatar
103 months ago
I bet that most of Android users will download the APK for free from any website.

My sentiments exactly. I don't wish ill-will on anyone, but I'd like for Algoriddim to respond back in a month's time to see how many he's sold on the Android platform versus the amount of installs detected (and the ridiculous number of open sites where his files have popped up on).

I'm no professional DJ or even hobbyist by any means, but still managed to buy all versions of the app, granted I caught them when they went on sale, but these are the times I appreciate the walled garden.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Chad-VI Avatar
103 months ago
Spreading divisiveness and discord one quote at a time. Nice. Stay classy.

You two may not be aware but most people aren't tied to one ecosystem. Android and Apple users are often the exact same people. Same as Apple and Windows users. There are even some crazy people in all three ecosystems.:eek:

I don't understand comments like yours. Does it somehow offend your sensibilities that someone else can use an app? :confused: Does it damage a sense of superiority? How exactly does it affect you if Algoriddim decides to expand their user base?

I guess you can take solace in the fact that Apple had it first.

I didn't say I was against making an android version of the app , because as you said most of us are not tied to one ecosystem. I just said what the majority of android users will do, so Algoriddim shouldn't expect it to make money as much as the iOS version.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
duffman9000 Avatar
103 months ago
I bet that most of Android users will download the APK for free from any website.

And then say the app sucks.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

apple watch ultra deuglify 1

Apple Watch Ultra User Mods Titanium Casing to 'Deuglify' Design

Tuesday September 27, 2022 8:05 am PDT by
An Apple Watch Ultra user has modified their new device's casing to add a brushed finish and remove the orange color of the Action Button in an effort to make it more visually appealing. The Apple Watch Ultra offers the first complete redesign of the Apple Watch since the product line's announcement in 2014, and while the design has been met with praise from many users, some have criticized...
Dark Sky App Featured

Dark Sky Removed From iOS App Store Ahead of Upcoming Shutdown

Wednesday September 28, 2022 4:27 pm PDT by
The Dark Sky weather app that's owned by Apple is no longer available for download in the U.S. App Store, suggesting that it has been removed ahead of schedule. Apple acquired Dark Sky back in March 2020 and has since incorporated elements of the app into the Weather app available on the iPhone (and soon, the iPad). Dark Sky remained available for purchase as a standalone weather app...
iphone 14 pro max vs 13 max 2

Camera Comparison: iPhone 14 Pro Max vs. iPhone 13 Pro Max

Thursday September 29, 2022 7:44 am PDT by
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max introduce some major improvements in camera technology, adding a 48-megapixel lens and low-light improvements across all lenses with the new Photonic Engine. We've spent the last week working on an in-depth comparison that pits the new iPhone 14 Pro Max against the prior-generation iPhone 13 Pro Max to see just how much better the iPhone 14 Pro Max can be. Subscrib ...
apple watch ultra hammer test

YouTuber Tests Apple Watch Ultra Durability With a Hammer: Table Breaks Before the Watch

Sunday September 25, 2022 2:27 pm PDT by
A YouTuber has put Apple's claims for the durability of the Apple Watch Ultra to the test by putting it up against a drop test, a jar of nails, and repeated hits with a hammer to test the sapphire crystal protecting the display. TechRax, a channel popular for testing the durability of products, first tested the Apple Watch Ultra by dropping it from around four feet high. The Apple Watch...
tony blevins car

Apple Procurement VP Departs Company After Vulgar TikTok Comment

Thursday September 29, 2022 12:38 pm PDT by
Tony Blevins, Apple's vice president of procurement, is set to depart the company after he made a crude comment about his profession in a recent TikTok video, reports Bloomberg. Blevins was in a video by TikTok creator Daniel Mac, who was doing a series on the jobs of people he spotted with expensive cars. After seeing Blevins in an expensive Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, Mac asked Blevins what ...
iPhone 14 Pros in Hand Black Background Feature

Verizon iPhone 14 Pro Customers Reporting Cellular Connection Issues

Monday September 26, 2022 6:23 am PDT by
iPhone 14 Pro customers on the Verizon network in the U.S. are reporting issues with slow and unreliable 5G cellular connections and calls randomly dropping. Several threads on Reddit (1,2,3) and the MacRumors forums chronicle issues faced by Verizon customers and Apple's latest iPhone. According to user reports, signal strength on the iPhone 14 Pro is unreliable and weak, while other...
iPhone 15 to Switch From Lightning to USB C in 2023 feature sans arrow

Kuo: iPhone 14 Pro Max Popularity Could Lead to More Differentiation Between iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max

Wednesday September 28, 2022 10:22 am PDT by
Apple has seen high demand for the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max, which could lead the company to further differentiate the next-generation iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Apple could add exclusive features to the iPhone 15 Pro Max in an effort to encourage more people to purchase the larger and more expensive device. Kuo last week said that Apple asked...
iPhone 14 Pro Sports Scores Dynamic Island

iPhone 14 Pro Features Live Sports Scores in Dynamic Island on iOS 16.1

Monday September 26, 2022 7:52 am PDT by
Earlier this month, Apple announced that iOS 16.1 will enable a new Live Activities feature that allows iPhone users to stay on top of things that are happening in real time, such as a sports game or a food delivery order, right from the Lock Screen. On the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, Live Activities also integrate with the Dynamic Island. Premier League match in Dynamic Island via Paul Bradford ...
iOS 16

Everything New in the Latest iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1 Betas: Stage Manager Expansion, Wallpaper Tweaks and More

Tuesday September 27, 2022 11:36 am PDT by
Apple today released new betas of iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1 to developers, tweaking some of the functionality that's been introduced in prior betas and in the case of iPadOS 16.1, adding a major new feature to Stage Manager. We've rounded up everything new in both betas below. Wallpaper Updates Apple has updated the Wallpaper section of the Settings app to allow users to swap between...
General iOS 16 Feature Yellow

Some iOS 16 Users Continue to Face Unaddressed Bugs and Battery Drain Two Weeks After Launch

Monday September 26, 2022 7:34 am PDT by
Today marks exactly two weeks since Apple released iOS 16 to the public. Besides the personalized Lock Screen, major changes in Messages, and new features in Maps, the update has also seen its fair share of bugs, performance problems, battery drain, and more. After major iOS updates, it's normal for some users to report having issues with the new update, but such reports usually subside in...