Daily downloads of AudioStretch were languishing for a couple of weeks, then suddenly on 31 Jan, they shot up by a factor of 16x in one day! As far as I can tell, it’s because AudioStretch is now among the 100 “What’s Hot” app in the Music section of the App Store!
I don’t really know why it suddenly appeared there. Whatever the reason, I’m not complaining, and from what I’ve read, other app devs who get featured in “What’s Hot” have little idea how the got there. There’s speculation that it’s some combination of getting good reviews, having a few updates, and Apple reviewers liking the app. But no one knows for sure. As far as I can tell, you don’t get into “What’s Hot” because you have a lot of downloads; it’s the other way around.
AudioStretch is still a free download, with $2.99 in-app purchase to play beyond 2 minutes. I’m anxiously awaiting figures for 1 Feb, and really curious whether this sudden rush of downloads results in a surge of in-app purchases!