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  • Cydia Acquires Rock.app


    It's been a year and a half since Rock Your Phone first made live their Rock.app store for 3rd party iPhone apps. Over the past few months, the folks who own both stores (Jay Freeman and Mario Ciabarra) have been working through a huge deal, which has come to public fruition tonight - Cydia is acquiring Rock. Well, technically, SaurikIT, LLC is acquiring Rock Your Phone, Inc (let's use correct business names here).

    Details of the acquisition have not been made public, but here's what it means to you: Rock.app will essentially dwindle away. There will be a transitional period for the next 10 days where users can purchase/download apps and licenses in Rock. After that, users will use their Cydia Store login to retrieve their purchased apps. The large majority of themes/apps from Rock will be moved over to Cydia (most are already there right now). Rock will have a notice on it's first page, and APT updates will discontinue in the near future (so Rock would be useless even if you had it). I chatted with Mario Ciabarra (CEO and founder of Rock Your Phone) and he had this to say about the acquisition:

    It's been a fun ride. We set out to change the landscape and I think we were very successful. I think we contributed to attracting more business professionals to the iPhone jailbreak community, and added some great functionality to the platform. The current transaction with Cydia is a great opportunity for us. We're going to miss some of the excitement, but no reason for anyone to worry. I, personally, will be spending even more time in Intelliborn apps development (both existing and exciting new projects). A few months ago, Jay and I sat down together and we realized, I enjoyed making apps more (and was better at it), while Jay enjoys providing platform functionality. It was a win-win for both groups and we're excited about the transition.
    Ciabarra, aka psuskeels, has been making jailbreak apps since very early on in the scene (Intelliscreen came out in May of 2008) - just a couple months after Cydia's February 2008 release. And while Intelliborn will still be a big player in the iPhone 3rd party apps scene, Rock will not. All the Intelliborn apps, like MyWi, Tlert, MyProfiles, My3G, Intelliscreen, etc will all remain available and development will be continued on them. They will all be available solely in Cydia now. In fact, this move means a total of over 21,000 iPhone extensions, apps, and themes are now in Cydia which are not available in the Apple AppStore.

    There's been a fierce undercurrent in many communities this past 18 months of "loyalty" to one of the two major jailbreak AppStores, with conversations in high gear lauding one or the other, bringing up this point or that point, etc. Many had both installed, and everyone had a preference. One thing can be said - it was a good run. You can't argue that Cydia isn't a more technically thorough solution, but the user experience of Rock.app was preferred by many. And the numbers are impressive - check these out from the Rock Your Phone news post about the acquisition:
    • Number of Developers with apps listed in the Rock Store: 124 (from 19 countries)
    • Unique iOS devices that installed Rock: 4.6 million (from 220 countries/territories) - Wow that is a lot of places!
    • Registered Rock Users: 2+ million
    • Number of App licenses sold: 500,000
    • Users of who took the plunge and bought something: 280,000 (from 185 countries)
    • Total Rock Your Phone Store revenue (March 12th, 2009 - September 2010): $3.3+ million
    • Number of Rock Employees (we are using the word employee loosely here but, hey, it is our company): 9

    After jailbreaking was officially declared legal in late July, there's been an even larger focus on the jailbreak community, or 3rd party iPhone developers. This acquisition makes Cydia and Cydia Store the clear leader in iPhone 3rd party package management. Exciting times ahead...

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Cydia Acquires Rock.app started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 474 Comments
    1. Aldog18's Avatar
      Aldog18 -
      This thread is pointless and people will argue forever. I would like to see this closed.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Second
    1. fc97accord's Avatar
      fc97accord -
      Quote Originally Posted by AlanWattus View Post
      This thread is pointless and people will argue forever. I would like to see this closed.
      True people will always argue, buy without dialogue people will never learn.

      There really is nothing wrong with arguing as long as it is constructively!


      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. Aldog18's Avatar
      Aldog18 -
      But what is going on here is getting out of hand because people are starting to get nasty
    1. Trist@n's Avatar
      Trist@n -
      TOTALLY AGREE...I third the motion to close this thread...Only ONE certain individual is responding to EVERY SINGLE POST and every other one that is responded to is rude and condescending

      I can not believe that this individual is still allowed to post and it is because of this that no one even wants to be a part of this thread. Nothing else will ever be accomplished here.
    1. Semferon's Avatar
      Semferon -
      Quote Originally Posted by paganizonda83 View Post
      You registered in order to make this debut post?

      Please read the threads before you post things such as this. Just about every single thing you've stated has already been discussed by numerous members, if not by Saurik himself.

      Welcome to MMI, troll.
      I followed this site almost from very beginning... i just never had a reason to register... iPhone is not a part of me i have other stuff to care about.

      You could be a little more polite... you know...
      nobody makes you sit and read my post...

      Those are my thoughts and i have little care what people people think of them... don't take everything seriously...

      People make mistakes... deal with it!(not to mention i doubt that most people will care enough to read all posts)
    1. Leonick91's Avatar
      Leonick91 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Semferon View Post
      People make mistakes... deal with it!(not to mention i doubt that most people will care enough to read all posts)
      That might be true, but if your not going to care about reading trough at least half the thread you should not go and post in a 30 pages long thread...
      specially not with a bunch of common questions and comments that have surely already been discussed and answered, no need to just bring them up again, at least if you don't have anything new to add
    1. fc97accord's Avatar
      fc97accord -
      Quote Originally Posted by Leonick91 View Post
      That might be true, but if your not going to care about reading trough at least half the thread you should not go and post in a 30 pages long thread...
      specially not with a bunch of common questions and comments that have surely already been discussed and answered, no need to just bring them up again, at least if you don't have anything new to add
      I will have to agree, certainly a search on this websites search function could answer most of the questions here and elsewhere.

      Though at the same time its best to always be civil!!
    1. journey2swole's Avatar
      journey2swole -
      I had a ROCK account with several app purchases including MYWI which I want to reinstall. I recently upgraded to 4.1 and jailbroke with sn0breeze. I used the aptback app and was able to retrive my GOC Pro theme but when I try to reload my other apps including Mywi I am asked to validate my device by entering my username and password. My information I used does not validate. Is there a way to retreive this or reset this? I really really want these apps back again.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by journey2swole View Post
      I had a ROCK account with several app purchases including MYWI which I want to reinstall. I recently upgraded to 4.1 and jailbroke with sn0breeze. I used the aptback app and was able to retrive my GOC Pro theme but when I try to reload my other apps including Mywi I am asked to validate my device by entering my username and password. My information I used does not validate. Is there a way to retreive this or reset this? I really really want these apps back again.
      Saurik posted earlier in the thread:

      This is because the package id of that package changed. ModMyi is responsible for these package ids, but frankly I am more than willing to believe that there were numerous other concerns that came in to play as to why Kyle chose that different package id for this package in particular (most of the packages Kyle has chosen the "correct" package id for). I am glad that you did not run into any licensing issues: the incorrect package id also caused that mechanism to not work, but this was noticed and fixed pseudo-manually.
      He was talking about a different issue, but I do believe that your problem stems from the same issue. Aptback is just requesting a version of the packages with a different ID than what is registered to your Cydia account now.
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      ^ Either that, or like the other few morons who have posted the same thing, you bought that other crap with a different Facebook/Google account. Check every acct you own.. twice.. before bothering Saurik.
    1. journey2swole's Avatar
      journey2swole -
      Quote Originally Posted by reanimationxp View Post
      ^ Either that, or like the other few morons who have posted the same thing, you bought that other crap with a different Facebook/Google account. Check every acct you own.. twice.. before bothering Saurik.
      Actually, I only have one Google account and have had the same account since I opened it. Only one FB account as well but it is only two months old.

      Once I enter my Google account info it takes me to a secondary screen where I am asked for my Rock username and password.

      I was hopeful of finding an answer here so as to not have to bother Saurik.
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      ^ Everyone thinks they're right. Log in to Cydia with every account you own, associate your device (and your RockID) and try to download the apps you're missing.
    1. journey2swole's Avatar
      journey2swole -
      Thanks for the help everyone. I will get it figured out and working.
    1. kakashi360's Avatar
      kakashi360 -
      where is this Cydia store at? so i can get my license back? i got apps that don't work since Rock was disabled??

      Please advise?

      I have sent emails with no replies and have searched online for a link or a way into the Cydia store without having to buy something?? any help would be great....

      thx
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Just follow the steps as if you were going to buy one of the apps that you already purchased in Rock. Before you get to the final page to actually purchase the app it will have you log in and then it should show that the app has already been purchased and is ready to be installed.
    1. kakashi360's Avatar
      kakashi360 -
      Thanks for the info ... only problem now is that is not in the Cydia store not does it give me an option to buy ha ha ha ......

      wish this was planned out better rather then shutting it off as quickly as they did... " sigh "
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by kakashi360 View Post
      Thanks for the info ... only problem now is that is not in the Cydia store not does it give me an option to buy ha ha ha ......

      wish this was planned out better rather then shutting it off as quickly as they did... " sigh "
      Ah. What app was it? Most of the apps (especially the Intelliborn apps) were carried over almost immediately, but a few apps required some additional discussion between SaurikIT and the devs.
    1. kakashi360's Avatar
      kakashi360 -
      CallClear
    1. Sonofevil77's Avatar
      Sonofevil77 -
      Ugh they need to use Rock and re lable it Cydia.