With the advent of the iPod, users have the opportunity to keep more music at their fingertips than ever before. Keeping track of a sizable digital music collection can sometimes be a little frustrating for those who keep hundreds of albums on the device.
That was the problem both Ryan May and Nick Sanders ran into when they purchased iPhones more than two years ago.
When utilizing the music function of either an iPhone or iPod Touch, users have to keep scrolling through screens when trying to search through album or song listings. Both May and Sanders — two Johnson City natives — thought there had to be an easier way to access and share their favorite music, so the two young developers set out to design an app that would let them do just that.
Two years later, the Artary personal music player is now available through Apple’s App Store.
“On the iPod, you’re always backtracking, and on ours it’s quick and easy. You just slide through your songs, select and go. If you’re at home, it’s perfect to set up and listen to, or if you’re on the road or at the gym, it’s very intuitive and very easy to use,” Sanders said.
With Artary, users can select up to 25 albums from their music library on their iPod or iPhone to add to a rotation that can be played on the device. By limiting the app to 25 albums, one’s music library can be narrowed down and listened to on one screen without having to keep scrolling through screen after screen.
With the tap of a finger, users can easily add or delete albums and cycle through each album and its song listing — all while the selected song or album is being played. Give the device a quick shake and it automatically returns to the album that is being played.
Artary also acts as social app by integrating Twitter into its easy-to-use interface. By tapping the information button, users can either tweet the song or album that’s being listened to. That tweet will be automatically posted to a user’s feed using the hashtag #TheRotation.
Sanders said the Twitter integration will give other Artary users a chance to see what’s being listened to.
Artary might be one of the newest additions to the ever-growing App Store, but its creation didn’t just happen overnight. In fact, both May and Sanders had no idea how to take their little idea and turn it into something that would benefit music lovers of all ages.
“It was a struggle,” Sanders said. “We hit a lot of highs and lows when we were figuring out how to do something and trying to get it to do what we wanted it to.”
The two developers didn’t know anything about computer coding, but after some research and several how-to books, both May and Sanders soon began to learn the ins and outs of coding. During the development process, both young men were working and going through school.
“The hard part was mainly the self-teaching and having the discipline to sit down at night and try to make it as good as we could,” Sanders said.
On Dec. 31, Artary was completed and submitted to Apple. The process that followed was a tough one, according to Sanders, as Apple spent several days looking over the app before final approval, which finally came on Jan. 6.
“Those seven days, you’re just thinking, ‘Man, I really hope they accept our app,’ and then on the 6th we heard back that it was up for review,” he said.
On Jan. 8, Artary was unveiled in the App Store. It currently sits at a five-star rating after 13 positive reviews.
“We’re thankful that as 23-year-old developers, we are able to stand on our two feet and put something out there. It’s kind of like living the American dream with starting your own business and doing it from the ground up,” Sanders said. “If anything, we hope this will inspire some other kids ... to know that if they dedicate themselves and are passionate about it, they can create something.”
Sanders said both he and May aren’t done with Artary yet. With apps, developers can continue to update and improve on what has been created, and that’s just what they plan on doing.
“We have a lot of great ideas for what we’re going to do in the future. We’re still learning and there’s things we want to do that we haven’t learned, so we’re still going to teach ourselves in terms of developing and expand on what we have here in Artary,” he said.
Artary is available for download for $1.99 from Apple’s App Store. The app is designed to run on the iPhone 4, iPhone 4s or iPod Touch (4th generation).
For more information visit www.artaryapp.com or Artary’s Twitter account at www.twitter.com/artaryapp.