PolyNome Needs You!

>>PolyNome Needs You!

PolyNome Needs You!

Meet the PolyNome team

In this post, I want to give you a bit of a behind-the-scenes tour of the PolyNome headquarters and staff so you know what goes into creating an app.

Let me introduce the team…

Joe Crabtree: Design, coding, marketing, website, etc.


And the PolyNome office…


Actually, it’s a mobile office.

Sometimes it’s on the kitchen table. Other times it’s a dressing room, or the back of a band van.

Essentially, it’s just me and my laptop wherever and whenever I have time to work on it.

I’m telling you this so you know you can reach out to me if you have a problem.

PolyNome is my baby, and I want it to be the best it can be.

If there’s a bug in it, you can be guaranteed that I want to know about it and I want to squash it.

Indie Developers

I guess I’m an “indie developer”.  I think that probably applies to a lot of iOS developers.

I remember having an issue with an App I owned and I emailed the support address. I honestly didn’t expect to get a reply.

Within a couple of hours, the developer had got back to me and told me he’d fix my issue in the next build. I was stunned!

Now I’m on the other side, I know exactly what it’s like.

People who email me with problems or suggestions are surprised that I get back to them so soon. That’s usually because I’m at my laptop working on PolyNome when the email comes in. It’s how I’ve spent most of my waking hours for the last 3 years!

Why I Need You

This is the development cycle of PolyNome…

  1. I spend a month or two working on bug fixes and implementing new features that I’m excited about.
  2. I get beta testers to try out the new features and try and break them.
  3. I submit the new version to Apple and it gets released.

If it were up to me I’d release a new version every week with whatever new feature I’m working on. I’d certainly release bug fixes as soon as I had them.

So, why don’t I do this?

One of the main reasons (and this is where you can help me) is that every time a new build is approved on the App Store the 5 star rating and reviews for PolyNome all disappear!

Can you imagine what it’s like to have built up a hundred 5-star reviews, then you submit a new feature that you’re really excited about and suddenly the app has no ratings or reviews?

You Can Make A Difference

A lot of people don’t vote because they think that their single vote won’t make a difference to the overall result.

When millions of people are voting, your voice is certainly a quiet one.

I think that people don’t leave app reviews for the same reason. They think it won’t really make a difference.

They’re wrong. Really wrong.

With PolyNome your voice makes a huge difference.

In the 10 days since I released the latest update to PolyNome, 7 people have left reviews. This isn’t even enough to show a rating in the App Store. So basically, it looks like nobody uses the app.

no reviews

Two main things happen when you leave a review.

  1. It warms my heart! Seriously, every good review that comes in for PolyNome makes it feel like it’s something worth spending my time on.
  2. It really helps other people to make a decision. Reviews are what most people go off when deciding which app is right for them.

Those two factors mean that your review, however short, contributes to the future development of PolyNome.


Don’t leave a bad review…for anyone’s app…

This is a plea on my part for all indie developers.

If you experience a problem with an App, contact the developer before leaving a bad review.

If they ignore you, or tell you where to go, then go ahead and leave the worst review you can. But first, give them a chance to figure out what the problem is and fix it for you.

Be A Part Of PolyNome’s Future

Here’s the favour I want to ask…

If you have problems or issues with PolyNome please Contact Me and let me know what they are.

I will get right back to you and endeavour to fix every bug.

If you have a feature suggestion I will consider it thoroughly and let you know whether or not it’s a possibility.


If you enjoy PolyNome and want to see its continued development please leave a 5 star rating and positive review on the App Store. Click here to view PolyNome on the App Store, tap Reviews, and choose Write a Review.

You’ll feel all warm and fuzzy knowing that you’re really contributing to the improvement of PolyNome.

That’s it. Your 2 minutes can make a huge difference to the future of PolyNome!




If you read this far I want to thank you for your time. I really appreciate your support.

If you want to do other things to help PolyNome you can do things like

  • Share the promo video or PolyNome website on Facebook or Twitter (or whatever else there is)
  • Mention PolyNome on musicians’ forums or Facebook groups.
  • Tell your friends.
  • Mention it to music teachers (there’s a teachers’ resource at https://polynome.net/teachers)

Although Marketing is in my job description it’s not something I’m great at so anything along these lines is a huge help.

Thanks again for your time and support,


By | 2017-09-10T23:02:22+00:00 May 24th, 2016|Blog|21 Comments

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  1. steve austad May 24, 2016 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    I downloaded polynome last year and updated to 2.2.1.
    It is great, with 2 metronomes with different beats that can be played against each other at the same time. Sounds kind of tinny played through phone, but put on head phones or run through sound system, killer sounds. Poly rhythms are easy on this metronome. Been looking for this for a long time. I had a tri-nome years ago electric, mechanical machine, not nothing to compare with what polynome has to offer.

    • Joe Crabtree May 25, 2016 at 1:05 am - Reply

      Hey Steve,

      Thanks for the comment. Just to check, did you leave this on the App store too?


  2. Richard vos May 27, 2016 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Got the message Joe and will renew my review in the Apple store. Because you made a great tool and you are a very nice guy! Keep up the good work!

    • Joe Crabtree June 1, 2016 at 1:26 am - Reply

      Thanks Richard. Much appreciated 🙂

  3. Mauro marion bizzotto May 29, 2016 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Polynome is an outstanding app/tool!
    The graphic interface is very well conceived and designed. – all in all intuitive and easy to master.
    Joe Crabtree is an excellent drummer, educator and programmer!
    Support him and buy the best metronome app available online!


    • Joe Crabtree June 1, 2016 at 1:29 am - Reply

      Thanks Mauro!

      Were you able to leave the review on the App store? That’s where they really help – https://polynome.net/app

      Thanks again,

  4. Geoff June 1, 2016 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Hey Joe — yessir !! I gets a review up. I have loved Polynome since day 1. 2.2.1 is sick. I’ll try to connect w/ you next time you are in US / GA. Best, Geoff in Atlanta

    • Joe Crabtree June 1, 2016 at 5:21 pm - Reply

      Thanks Geoff!

  5. Chris Buggsz sheldon drummer from one without rival June 11, 2016 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Chris Buggsz Sheldon drummer for One without rival , I use polynome for our band and recording and live situations , great versitle pack , thee best metronome out there PERIOD , thanks for the app!!!!! From Buggsz personally.

    • Joe Crabtree June 11, 2016 at 4:58 pm - Reply

      Thanks Chris. Cool band name 🙂
      Were you able to leave a review on the App Store too? That’s where they help the most.

      Thanks again!

  6. PJ. Mumola June 30, 2016 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    I paid about $8.00 to download this app. It’s telling me I need to pay $8.00 to upgrade to pro. Is this actually the case?

    • Joe Crabtree June 30, 2016 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      Hi PJ,

      Thanks for your comment. Yes, that’s the case. The basic version is an extremely powerful metronome with a lot of features. The Pro in-app purchase opens up features for power users. The Pro features are listed in the App Store description and also here

      I realise it’s expensive in comparison to a lot of Apps on the App Store, but in expensive in comparison to a physical metronome or a couple of pairs of drum sticks.

      I believe once you’ve got used to all the features you’ll find it to be more than worth the price.

      If you feel like it’s too much then it is possible to get refunds from Apple. If you Google it you’ll find instructions.

      My aim is to create the best Metronome on the App Store. If you have any questions about use cases, or features you’d like to see please don’t hesitate to contact me at support@polynome.net

      Kind regards,

  7. A.J. Oxley Bato Rouge August 2, 2016 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    I’m new to polynome and I must say this is a nice app, don’t know all the features of how to do the odd timing but the basic flooring the 4 is amazing, good work Joe…

  8. Norbert Kujus August 3, 2016 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    Hi Joe,
    sometimes i work with the Polynome to practice difficult Rhythms, as Chutzpan from Avishai Cohen Trio. Now i startet to work with the book “Advanced Rhythm Concepts for Guitar” by Jan Rivera. Wouldn’t it be cool, if all the exercises were in Polynome? Is there someone who already programmed it and would offer it ( to buy?) as a Lesson Pack ?

    • Joe Crabtree August 3, 2016 at 8:07 pm - Reply

      Hi Norbert,

      It would be cool if all the exercises were in PolyNome. That was the idea behind the Public Library.

      At the moment I don’t have time to upload to the Library as I’m working on new features for the next version. If you were to go to the trouble of adding the exercises I’m sure other users would be very grateful.

      Over time I hope that the library will fill up with lots of useful stuff.


  9. Ben Gibson August 16, 2016 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Hi Joe! I am so all about making sure this app continues and is a huge success! Going to check and make sure I have left a review for the latest version right now!

  10. Ianni raff October 2, 2016 at 3:36 am - Reply


    Sarebbe bello avere anche questo sito è l’applicazione del vs bellissimo lavoro in italiano , d’altra parte Andante , allegro, moderato, presto , sono indicazioni metronomiche così come tutto il linguaggio della musica è l’italiano
    Grazie buon lavoro

  11. Jr November 13, 2016 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    Love this app

  12. Terry Kay July 10, 2017 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    Hello Joe

    I’ve just downloaded your app so will spend the next few weeks learning how to use it.

    In the meantime I’d like to congratulate you on your hard work & with you every success. Kind Regards, Terry.

    • Joe Crabtree July 10, 2017 at 12:46 pm - Reply

      Thanks Terry!
      I hope you’ll have fun using it. You can contact me through the Help page in the app if you have questions.
      You might also want to check out social media for tutorials.

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