Thursday, October 18, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Oct. 18, 2012: Kids Animal Piano Pro has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Kids Animal Piano Pro.

Kids Animal Piano Pro is priced at $1.99 in Google Play. It is normally priced at $1.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Kids Animal Piano Pro is described as follows:
Edutainment with a large serving of fun! Ever want to hear a cat meow "Black Sheep"? Now you can!

Your little one will love this piano. It allows free play of a variety of animal sounds and also comes preloaded with a lot of popular child songs.
  • Colorful 9 tone piano
  • A variety of "instruments" like: cat, dog, rubber duck, frog, chick, pig, sheep, donkey, monkey, horse, lamb, cowbell, piano, violin and cymbal
  • Lots of songs like: BINGO, Black Sheep, Brother John, Happy Birthday, This Old Man, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Five Little Monkey, Hush Little Baby, Alphabet Song
Kids Animal Piano Pro has a 4.9-star rating in Google Play and has 4.2 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

Fortunately, that 4.9-star rating in Google Play comes with 26 ratings, so it would seem valid. We'd say "buy" it while it is free.

There is also a version of Kids Animal Piano in the App Store, free but with a $1.99 price to upgrade (in-app) to Pro. The app has not received enough ratings to display an average for the current version or overall.

While this is a nice app, in general, we continue to be disappointed with the FAOTD program. It began promisingly enough, with Angry Birds Rio, but we've gotten tired of the endless games or niche apps, and especially apps which have no uptake in Google Play, and seem to be FAOTD as a desperation move by the developer.

We'd like to see free versions of say, Office-compatible software or useful utilities such as CalenGoo instead of niche apps or endless games (we just assume every day that it's going to be a game; it's gotten that bad). opened up the Appstore despite a lawsuit by Apple, which has previously trademarked the term "App Store." Microsoft has filed an appeal against that trademark, saying the term is too generic. has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.

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