Friday, December 25, 2009

Avoiding wire transfer fees from iTunes Connect

One of the big problems I had with iTunes Connect is that they charge me a wire fee every time I got an international transfer. This meant charges of $13 every month, times four or five for each international zone that hit the minimum.

Snooping around, wire-in charges seems to be pretty standard at banks. That actually seems insane to me, especially if it's a highly automated process, as I suspect the ones iTunes is sending is. While Apple could solve the problem by repatriating all earnings and just doing an EFT, I suspect there are some legal issues with this.

Until then, I have the iTunes payments flowing to my Fidelity MySmartCash account. I talked to them and they do not charge for wire transfers in. I also set up check-writing, so I suppose I will be using that as my account to pay our costs as well.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Happy Holidays

Apologies for the light posting of late, I've been epically tied up with my full-time job, Moca and Upward Mobility.

My friend Crystal forwarded me this video, and I thought there'd be no better way to wish all the readers here a happy holiday season.

Experience Mobile Mobile from James Théophane Jnr on Vimeo.

Monday, December 7, 2009

I chose AppViz for app store analytics

I posted a couple weeks ago about over-the-top app store analytics players for iTunes Connect. After careful consideration of all the options, I picked AppViz.

I tried AppFigures because I would prefer a SaaS model given all the different terminals I use. It has a lot of potential, but I found it to be someone quirky and buggy. It also doesn't support the monthly financial reports, which I absolutely need.

AppViz only works for the Mac and runs as Desktop software. But I found its reporting to be robust, and at $29.99, there is no limit on apps. Heartbeat and AppFigures essentially charge per app, and when you're like me and have 20+ apps, that gets expensive quickly.