News December 4, 2014:
"Spirit1 Light" is a resurrection of the "Old Spirit FM Lite"
Please see my Spirit1 app description for general info.
Customers of the original Lite app get a much updated version at no further cost. (Old 2013-1227 here in case it works better for you: http://forum.xda-developers.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=3048431&d=1417737522 .)
New customers can get a less expensive version of Spirit1. (Document differences later.)
Download for free here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=57261804&postcount=8695 . Enable "Unknown Sources" in System Security settings to install outside of Play. Disable after installing.
Nobody is forcing anyone to buy this app; it can be downloaded for free. So any reviews calling me a "Thief" or similar are uncalled for and will be ignored.
This is a slimmed down version of my full Spirit1 app. Because of the low price I can not process refunds or offer personalized email support. If you post publicly on my XDA section, I will try to help, but I can't offer the same level of service I do to full app customers.
Again, you can download it for free, run it for a month or two and then decide if you want to "buy me a coffee" by paying $1.95 or Euro 1.59 etc.
I reserve the right to raise or lower the price, change terms etc. But I do my best to make as many happy as I can, so I think I can honestly say you will get "what you pay for" and hopefully much more.
App is sold "as is". Download and try for free to ensure it is good for you.
At a reasonable wage in this field, the "profit" I get from one sale might be worth about 1 minute of my time, not including the development time required.
So yeah, no technical support at this price sounds fair, doesn't it ? Feel free to let me know. If there is a backlash from too many, I may cease & refund anyone who asks. But I hope/think most of you are reasonable people.
Please note that Spirit1 is near the end of it's natural life. No new features have been added over the last year, and the bug fixes are relatively limited. Spirit1 is "fragile" after more than 3 years of way too fast, intense development. Now, it's hard to fix some phones without breaking things on others.
So do not expect too, too much in the way of updates. Maybe 3-4 in 2015 and that's all ? Spirit2 is the "future facing" app, but only works on the most popular rooted devices among Android enthusiasts.
Spirit1 can work on some stock, unrooted devices, but it needs root on later stock HTC and Samsung devices, like One M7/M8 and Note2 GT-N7100. Samsung and HTC both started "protecting" their stock, unrooted FM APIs, and since they won't cryptographically sign Spirit as a system app, it can not run on their later ROMs.
Add the fact that recent Samsung, Motorola and some other flagships have FM disabled in hardware, and it becomes clear that Spirit1 has a limited life remaining.
Here is the history of this app:
Light was created in the spring of 2012 as a low cost upgrade from the free version that used to be on Play. It served it's purpose and helped launch me from almost no income to my current "decent" and sustainable level.
I stopped sales of "Spirit FM Light" in March, 2013 and updates ceased 10 months later in January, 2014. I stopped sales of Light because technical support burden for Light and Unlocked is the same. And I have been very busy trying to improve Spirit, and preferred to lose a few sales to gain more time for development.
At some point in 2014, I "unpublished" this app because it was getting tiring explaining why it had a $200 price. Google does not provide a way to continue to service existing customers (who may need to re-download) while halting further sales. Google does this because it makes them more money. :(
Three people asked me to re-publish because they wanted to get the old version without emailing me for a copy. So I did.
Now, Dec 4, 2014, the Light version of Spirit1 has been ressurected.
Thanks ! :)