Feeds

Jailbreaker iPhone app store snaffles up competitor

Cydia gets bigger, yeah

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

The most popular alternative iPhone app store, Cydia, has bought up its nearest competitor to provide a single alternative to the iTunes app store.

The Rock Your Phone app store will run down over the next 10 days, during which time Rock users will have to set up a Cydia account to which their purchases can be migrated. Then the Rock store will then cease to exist, though some are hoping that Rock's technology will find its way into Cydia along with its customers.

Both Cydia and Rock provide alternative application stores for iPhone users willing to jailbreak their handsets; allowing the installation of non-Apple-approved software. Both stores have achieved some commercial success (Rock alone bringing in more than $3.3m in the last 18 months) so consolidation makes sense as competing alternatives are more likely to drive away customers than attract them.

That's certainly the opinion of Cydia, as expressed in the FAQ which explains that there were never meant to be competing stores: "Unfortunately, due to some early miscommunication... we ended up spending most of our time competing with each other over the course of the last two years."

Jailbreak stores provide iPhone users a route out of Apple's controlled environment. They list applications that Cupertino wouldn't allow, as well as providing a service for those developers ideologically opposed to Apple's dictatorial stance. But Apple's stance has softened lately, and some of the killer apps that brought users to the Jailbreak stores (such as Google Voice) will soon be available in iTunes.

Commercial details of the merger haven't been released, but Rock claims more than two million registered users and sales of more than half a million apps, so there's clearly money in being an outsider app store as long as there are those unhappy with taking orders from Apple. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills
BT and Co: Independence vote likely to mean 'increased costs'
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
EE buys 58 Phones 4u stores for £2.5m after picking over carcass
Operator says it will safeguard 359 jobs, plans lick of paint
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp
Mountain View distances itself from lame 'network thingy'
Vodafone to buy 140 Phones 4u stores from stricken retailer
887 jobs 'preserved' in the process, says administrator PwC
Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets
... into submission. Weve squeals, ditches payment plans
Drag queens: Oh, don't be so bitchy, Facebook! Let us use our stage names
Handbags at dawn over free content ad network's ID policy
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.