Piezo improves application audio recording, exits the Mac App Store

Rogue Amoeba, which develops a number of audio-focused apps for the mac, has updated its audio recording app, Piezo, to version 1.5. This update adds support for the Instant On extra, which allows Piezo to record audio from appliations that are already running. The company also announced that it will be removing Piezo from the Mac App Store, relying instead solely on direct purchases.

Customers who purchased Piezo from the Mac App Store will need to migrate over to the direct version to receive updates, including the update to version 1.5. The process is free, and only needs to be done once. When you download Piezo 1.5 directly from Rogue Amoeba and open the app, you'll be shown a note on the change if you're a Mac App Store customer. Follow the on-screen directions to obtain your free license key, enter it into the app, and you're set.

Rogue Amoeba also provided some insight as to what prompted this change:

Over time, however, changes made in newer versions of Mac OS X actually reduced the functionality Piezo could offer. The app gradually lost the ability to capture audio from several key Apple applications, including Safari. When that occurred, we recommended that folks use Google's Chrome browser with Piezo instead. Recently, a Chrome update broke Piezo's ability to capture that application as well. It was clearly time to do something.

Rogue Amoeba isn't the first high-profile Mac developer to pull an app from the Mac App Store. Late last year, Bohemian Coding did the same with Sketch, its graphic design application.

You can grab Piezo 1.5 from Rogue Amoeba right now.

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.