HookUp
HookUp 1.0.0.298
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Access, stream and download from iTunes libraries in remote networks.   Shareware ($20.00)
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HookUp is the Ultimate iTunes and iPhoto companion. HookUp not only allows you to access and stream media, but now you can download from all the shared libraries in a remote network!

HookUp is super intuitive and easy to use. It operates directly through the iTunes interface showing who's connected and the libraries accessible. In addition HookUp has an iTunes toolbar to download, monitor activity and access available shares. Also, HookUp shares show up in iTunes, in the same way as local shares so there's virtually no learning curve.

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What's New
Version 1.0.0.298: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later, QuickTime 6.5.2 or later, Broadband Internet connection (DSL/Cable/LAN) for streaming music.



MacUpdate - HookUp




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Shooflyshoo commented on 26 Jan 2010
I have had trouble downloading songs remotely. Where are the updates?
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jeromeis commented on 13 Sep 2008
gotta say jeff spent so much time helping actually two days on i chat set this app up and configuring my router i am blown away.
this app makes the bundle worth the $50
i really aprreaciate his assistance and personability and that APP is is killer how can any one live with out it???????when i ever get my iphone i will get the app for it and always keep my eye out for any of dottunes software.i really want to give my KUDOS TO JEFFERY AYLIN....

A FIRST CLASS DEVELPER!!!!!!
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jeromeis replied on 13 Sep 2008
THATS A BIG SMILE FROM ME
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Dot-Software (developer) commented on 30 Aug 2008
ooops. my comment below was supposed to be part of the thread with JazzAddict below.
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Dot-Software (developer) commented on 30 Aug 2008
Cool...no hard feelings I hope. Yeah that promo price appeared at $10 and I immediately informed MacUpdate about the error and they have since corrected it.

Please drop me an email team@dottunes.net so I can show you something interesting :-)
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JazzAddict commented on 29 Aug 2008
I just started using Hookup because I thought Simplify Media wasn't giving me enough features and flexibility. This is with out a doubt a much better application. I might get the download plugin. If I do I think I'll start using this over MyTunesRSS as my main way of accessing iTunes on the go. It would be sweet if they came out with a killer iPhone App. I don't like the Simplify Media iPhone App to much. I've never played with the dot.tunes iPhone WebApp but I heard it's really good. If only they would build a native App with a similar interface, that would be cool. :-)
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mariaaz commented on 29 Aug 2008
I want to say that I am completely satisfied and incredibly impressed with the level of support and customer service that I have received from the developer. My emails were answered immediately (not just in a timely fashion, but right away!) and the help and advice I received was excellent. I would recommend these guys to anyone! Thanks.
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Dot-Software (developer) commented on 28 Aug 2008
Hi JazzAddict,

Firstly I completely respect your right to share your opinion and I'd be curious to know if others feel the same way. I must however defend our position and explain why we offer a free app with optional paid plugins. It's really quite simple. Why should a user have to pay for functionality they don't want. If you want to access a remote library to play tracks then why be made to pay for a download feature which you don't want.

Would it be better if the app was a 30 day demo and then didn't work at all until purchased?

Would it be better to limit the number of plays to say 30 plays and then cripple the app?

These are the decisions we have to make and we are 100% certain that we made the right one. Release a free app with some amazing functionality with an optional plugin to add another feature if people desire that feature. Perfect!!

I mean, if you were to try HookUp and see what we've basically given you for free you'd be amazed. With HookUp - completely for free - you can connect to another version of HookUp - again, the free app - and play tracks from EVERY iTUNES SHARE IN THAT ENTIRE REMOTE NETWORK!!

Even if there are 40 iTunes shares in that remote network, you can play tracks from every one of those remote shares.

We've basically given that to you FREE - no charge, no limitations, no app expiry after 30 days..FREE.

...and how do we survive, by people choosing to purchase a sing optionally le plugin to add additional functionality....and only if they choose. We don't flash up a prompt to buy the plugin each time the app launches, we don't even have an ad running in the app asking you to buy it.

I guess you just can't please some people even when you give your app away free.


Jeff
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JazzAddict replied on 29 Aug 2008
First off... you switched the price listed on macupdate from $10 to $20 dollars since yesterday. You should have mentioned that you made that 'mistake'. It's called 'bait and switch'. Defend that.

Second of all... Did you even read what I posted? Your comments regarding what I stated are out of context. I wasn't complaining about the functionality of your software! I'm sure it's just wonderful. I'm complaining about how you market your software. I think it's often disingenuous.

I'm not expecting anything for free! I know it's free without the plugin. I never said anything that would suggest I didn't know that. Quote me if I did. You're just getting over sensitive and making stupid out of context comments in response. You don't have to write FREE FREE FREE a million times. I'm not a dumb a*s. I get that it's free. That has nothing to do with what I wrote. Respond to what I wrote or don't don't respond at all.
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JazzAddict replied on 29 Aug 2008
"I guess you just can't please some people even when you give your app away free."

And please cut it with that drama queen crap. There's nothing I said in my comments that should have given you any reason to say that.
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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 29 Aug 2008
"you switched the price listed on macupdate from $10 to $20 dollars since yesterday"

No, I changed it because I had read your previous post and then went to check the developer site and sure enough it states there that it is $20 if you want the full featured version. I do not know how it came to be listed previously as being $10.
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JazzAddict replied on 29 Aug 2008
I apologize if I jumped to conclusions regarding the price change. I'm still disappointed with the developers response to my comment.
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JazzAddict replied on 29 Aug 2008
"I mean, if you were to try HookUp and see what we've basically given you for free you'd be amazed. With HookUp - completely for free - you can connect to another version of HookUp - again, the free app - and play tracks from EVERY iTUNES SHARE IN THAT ENTIRE REMOTE NETWORK!!

Even if there are 40 iTunes shares in that remote network, you can play tracks from every one of those remote shares.

We've basically given that to you FREE - no charge, no limitations, no app expiry after 30 days..FREE."

What did I say that prompted you to give me all this info. I already know this. Nothing I said would suggest I didn't? I've been using the software. It's good. It's free. It has a optional plugin you buy. I know this. So does a lot of other software. That's cool. I wasn't saying the software isn't worth the price. In fact, I said in my comment explicitly "I'm not saying it's not worth the price," so why in your response did you make it seem like I was complaining about the price?
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Dot-Software (developer) replied on 30 Aug 2008
Heya, ok maybe I did get a little over defensive but I feel I did so with good reason. In retail sales, a bait and switch is a form of fraud. It is intentional dishonest misleading marketing whereby the party putting forth the fraud lures in customers by advertising a product or service at an unprofitably low price, then reveals to potential customers that the advertised good is not available but that a substitute is.

I do not feel that our model of offering a free application with optional paid plugins is bait and switch and I welcome others to share their opinion. We are the most honest people you are likely to meet and if it is felt that our model is deceptive in any way then we will look at our options and consider reverting to a time limited demo or crippling the app after a number of plays. We just don't want to have to do that.

I could list thousands of examples especially on the web where users can participate free with a paid option to extend functionality.

Anyway, perhaps we can move forward and leave all this behind us. I apologize for any of my comments which fueled the discussion. In fact, please drop me an email at team@dottunes.net so I can apologize directly.

BTW: We have a native iPhone app in the works and it's going to be a showstopper! We're building some incredible functionality which is not available elsewhere and is very exciting.

Cheers


Jeff
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JazzAddict replied on 30 Aug 2008
Touché... well put. The switch and bait was referring to price change I saw which I thought was something you controlled; (I shouldn't have assumed that.) Nevertheless, I was being to harsh... I didn't mean to call you a drama queen. Sorry. :-(

I look forward to the native iPhone/iPod Touch App. Exciting! I imagine if a killer App came out that could stream an iTunes Library over local and remote networks I would spend much less time in Music App which in my case only gives me a meager 8GB of my 100 something GB Library. Simplify Media annoys me because the interface elements don't respond well to gestures and it's not the sexiest App. I look forward to your native App. Release it SOON! PLEASE! Pandora's cool but I want to listen to my tunes.
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JazzAddict commented on 28 Aug 2008
I hate how this company is constantly using 'bait and switch' techniques to sell their software. This App is not $10. It's $20 if you want the download plug-in and free if you don't. I'm not saying it's not worth the price. On there web page they make everything look free and mention the prices it will cost to achieve the programs full functionality in small areas at the bottom of the page with big banners up on top saying 'Free!'. They just want to get you to download the software, get it into your workflow, and the let you realize on your own that you have to put out cash to get what you thought you were getting for free. I just hate how this company runs their marketing. It's dishonest. And they aren't even subtle about it. It's been the same crap with this company for a while. I want to use Hookup for it's feature set but I don't think I like supporting these people.
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dgtlsnpr reviewed on 08 Aug 2008
I've been using Hookup since it was released on the dottunes website, and I think its a pretty good product. For one, I like the fact that I can now extend the power of iTunes sharing beyond my local network. Once I shared my library with other people, I was now able to gain access to their shares, which was pretty cool.

Another cool feature is the social networking side of Hookup. I have the ability to see which of my people is on my share, while they are on it and chat with them about what they're doing (what songs they're downloading, movies they're watching, etc.)

Setup is a snap, and you're up and running pretty quickly. All-in-all, its a good app.
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Jeffrey McPheeters had trouble on 30 Dec 2008
I have emailed the support email twice in November and December asking why the two registration numbers I purchased in September have ceased to work and cannot be input. I'm pretty certain I was able to use Hookup successfully between my G5 and an iMac when I purchased the two licenses, and now that our older son is home from Oxford, I thought we could use the second license as well, but now I see none are working and when inserted, the modal box says these are invalid or expired. Anyone know if the developer is answering emails? The software directs me to "team@dottunes.net" for help, but I have received no response and it's been 6 weeks since I began to inquire. Perhaps there is another email address I should be using, or perhaps they are busy with the holidays and preparing for MacWorld? Any help is appreciated.
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Dot-Software (developer) replied on 08 Aug 2009
Heya,

I did reply to your emails - I just searched and found them asking for you to email me your codes so I could reset them for you. I did not receive a reply but I have since found your codes and reset them for you. Please let me know if all is well. I do apologize for taking so long to see this message on MacUpdate. I've been bunkered down in development and have not visited in a while.

Cheers


Jeff

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Troywill rated on 08 Dec 2010

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Version Downloads:3,643
Type:Multimedia Design : MP3
License:Shareware
Date:08 Aug 2009
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $20.00
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HookUp is the Ultimate iTunes and iPhoto companion. HookUp not only allows you to access and stream media, but now you can download from all the shared libraries in a remote network!

HookUp is super intuitive and easy to use. It operates directly through the iTunes interface showing who's connected and the libraries accessible. In addition HookUp has an iTunes toolbar to download, monitor activity and access available shares. Also, HookUp shares show up in iTunes, in the same way as local shares so there's virtually no learning curve.

The feature that sets HookUp apart from similar apps is its ability to access ALL shared media on a remote network.

Features
  • Connect to local and remote shares
  • Connect to multiple local and remote iTunes libraries
  • Stream and download
  • Create secure connections
  • IM or email connected users
  • Monitor bandwidth
  • Connect to a remote library and access all libraries shared on that network
  • Unlimited user accounts
  • iPhoto sharing


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