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Sunday, May 08, 2005

Beta Testing Going Well

Beta testing has been slow, but going well. I didn’t want to attract a lot of attention at this point and just leaving beta testing to a limited set of people. Feedback has been adequate, but less than desired. On the plus side, there has been no negative feedback (i.e. “This application sucks”). On the negative side, there hasn’t been a lot of critical feedback.

The critical feedback is what reassures me that I can shape Stealth player into something people want and can use easily. Positive feedback is what keeps me going. Many users have been delighted with the application and that of course motivates me to do more.

One issue that keeps popping up in my head…Revenue Model. I intended to make Stealth Player free, supported by revenue of premium content delivered from within the application. I’m starting to get the feeling that it’s not going to work that way. You see, it’s starting to look like Stealth Player may not be for everyone. For those who do use it, the value it provides is worth a small fee. Everyone else that doesn’t see the value in the privacy, safety, and viewing experience that Stealth Player provides, won’t ever download and use it, even if it were free.

So all this leads me to believe that I need to focus on providing a service to those that do see the value in the features of Stealth Player. This means users will have to pay a license fee to use the system. I’m still on the fence about this though.

Please note, that whatever I decide, beta testers will be given a free license for a year.


  • At 1:15 AM, Blogger dkjariwala said…

    Btw, one thing struck me. Make sure to educate your users that if they are in Corporate LAN, their activity can still be monitored regarless of whether they use stealth player or not.

    Your product might give idea to a non geek guy that no one can find about his porn related activity and he might use stealth player in office, only to get fired at the end of the month.


  • At 10:18 PM, Blogger Ian said…

    That's a very important point. The goal is to protect privacy not give users the feeling of invincibility. In the next version of the site, I will make sure to very clearly state that it would be a bad idea to use Stealth Player on any network but thier own.


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