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Rekord Buddy is now free.

The restrictive walled garden approach to library management benefits only the industry. It’s nothing more than a way to tie paying customers to their respective products, and offers no real feature advantage, nor does it encourage the innovation our industry badly needs.

I find this approach to be unacceptable, which is why I made Rekord Buddy.

This has been a passion project over many years. It was the first to market and enjoyed enough success that I could make it my full time gig. But recently I’ve been struggling with something, and that’s how my beliefs conflict with my actions. By selling Record Buddy as a product and then as a service, I’m profiting from the poor practices of the DJ industry, albeit in a bid to provide a solution to this bad practice.

That ends today.

As of today, October 9th 2020, Rekord Buddy is a free app and will become open source software before the end of the year, free for anyone to use and modify as they wish. Without revenue, I’ll continue to support and develop it more as a labour of love, but user support will minimal and sporadic. Rekord Buddy did what it set out to do. What happens next is up to you. Join me and let’s make it fulfil it’s motto and stay the one and only “By DJs, for DJs” app out there.

Here is a quick FAQ. I’ll be adding more to this as we go along:

Does it mean the current ‘non-free’ builds stop working today?

No. They will stop working at the end of the year. At that point everyone can transition over to the free builds.

Where are the free builds of Rekord Buddy?

You can find the free macOS build here and the free Windows build here. These builds are beta and will remain beta until we have time to finish adding all their features and make sure they are stable enough.

There is an issue with the builds, what can I do?

Support via the forums should still be available. Those will solely be for questions about using the app, not for bugs and error reports. Be patient as we need more help with the support side of things. Bugs and development issues will be handled in the github repo for the project (coming soon!).

Can I download the free build if I’m already a commercial user?

Yes but be aware that, for now, there isn’t a way to migrate your Rekord Buddy collection over to the free build so if you have important info there you should wait until we provide a way to move your data over.

What does that mean for people who bought licenses last year/last month/yesterday, do they get their money back?

No. I wish Rekord Buddy generated enough money for me to have a huge stack of cash that I could redistribute to everyone but that’s sadly not the case. Money coming in paid for the expenses of that month so it’s not something I’ll be able to do. If that helps, keep in mind that while some of you may be upset at virtually ‘loosing’ $49 dollars because the app is now free, I am very much giving away a lot of money here by giving back this entire app to the community.

Will Rekord Buddy still support Engine or other programs?

Absolutely. Development is still being made on those and the plan is still to add Engine support and Apple Music app support before 2.2 ships.

Can I donate to help development?

Not at this time. What is needed is help from people, not financial help. If you really want to give back a little bit then tell your friends about my podcast Damien Plays Records. It's my passion project and I can always do with more listeners :)

What kind of help do you need for the future?

I need help with maintaining the support forums for the community. I will need help with moving the manual to the github wiki (probably). I need help testing the app and I need help coding it to add new features. If you can help with any of these things, stay tuned. The github project will be the hub for most of this.