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  • ThemeIt: A New Theme Store App Brings Competition to Cydia
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNZph_jmf0o]YouTube - Theme it, the theme store - Teaser 1a (with sound) : the iPhone app[/ame]


    It's easy to see that one of the most successful items sold in the Cydia store hands down is Winterboard Themes. With hundreds of designers and millions of users theming their iPhone, iPod and iPad, it creates quite a community of people. Since Cydia aquired Rock, every theme you purchase generally comes through Cydia, unless you perhaps donated to a designer.

    With less than only a day left before it's launch, there are some variables that could shake up the "competition", indirectly bringing some headaches to our iPhone god, Saurik, the man behind Cydia. In fact, Saurik has already been in touch with the folks behind ThemeIt, and has politely asked that they hold back on releasing such a product, but ThemeIt is keeping it's plans to release. However, over the course of all of this, it sounds like ThemeIt has lost their original repository partner, and that word has been travelling from within the community encouraging themers to stay away from the project. No Comment.

    An artcile over at ReadWriteWeb, goes into detail on the response given from ThemeIt, speaking out about their view on competition and in the end, only seem to make things more heated, not really helping the situation.

    Well community? What do you think? Is there room for another App Store? As much as I want to see the theme community push for upgrades and new ways to be a part of it all with ease and intuitive browsing, I can only see a headache forming for both Saurik, and ThemeIt from this process. In my opinion, things need to be closely discussed between ThemeIt and Saurik to come to a reasonable solution. We'll keep up with this release tomorrow and let you know what happens. I'll try and get Saurik to give us his thoughts as well so it's not all hear-say... yeah thats right I gave my opinion anyways.

    From ThemeIt:
    A carefully designed platform (application and website) allowing focus on high-quality themes and also the artists behind the themes in a way that wasn't possible before… it's the Theme Store you've been dreaming of using.

    With some of the best theme creators already on-board we can guarantee you'll have access to amazing and exclusive content in an environment that's sure to meet everyone's needs. Focusing on high-quality, complete themes, the goal of Theme it isn't to have a million themes in the gallery… but the best ones available.

    The platform includes a very user-friendly website and an iPhone/iTouch application to showcase and distribute the themes with instant access to the information you really want, such as screenshots, details, compatibility and much more. You'll also have the opportunity to learn a little more about the artists that create the themes you love and use. A section will be dedicated to these wonderful designers.
    Sources: ReadWriteWeb, ThemeIt
    This article was originally published in forum thread: ThemeIt: A New Theme Store App Brings Competition to Cydia started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 340 Comments
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      I wish all the themes would go to this app and leave Cydia for tweaks and apps. I don't even use themes anymore since winterboard is still full of bugs and hasn't been updated since like 3.X wtf Saurik update it already!
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      Quote Originally Posted by eenofonn View Post
      If Saurik had done a better job regulating the Theme's being sold in Cydia then there wouldn't be a need for ThemeIt
      Agreed!
    1. eenofonn's Avatar
      eenofonn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Antman217 View Post
      I wish all the themes would go to this app and leave Cydia for tweaks and apps. I don't even use themes anymore since winterboard is still full of bugs and hasn't been updated since like 3.X wtf Saurik update it already!
      There are some good themes out there today (finding them is the hard part) ... Winterboard does need an update for sure!
    1. i3urger's Avatar
      i3urger -
      A little bit of competition is good. Like our economy, which is sh1t, we have laws against monopoly. Y? Because if we only had one company to sell us everything. Then we would not have evolved to where we are. Competition is a way for us to gain in products...I think in my opinion "It's good evolution for man".
    1. JLick's Avatar
      JLick -
      Wow, a new side from Saurik...

      And I agree with eenofonn...
    1. ronfin44's Avatar
      ronfin44 -
      It's hard to find time to update Winterboard when you're counting all the money you've made off of it.
    1. eenofonn's Avatar
      eenofonn -
      Quote Originally Posted by ronfin44 View Post
      It's hard to find time to update Winterboard when you're counting all the money you've made off of it.
      lol true... Don't get me wrong I respect Saurik ... but with the community being so large and with everything he has his hands in ... just think he should appreciate things that would make his life easier

      and those are my last words on the subject....

      Have a great weekend MMI
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ThemeIt is an amazing app and it will be good to bring some competition back to the community
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Hooray!
    1. Anonomys's Avatar
      Anonomys -
      Okay... Just wanna throw my 2 cents in. First of all (and I think it was already stated) if we were all down with one guy telling us what we can and can not install on our phones, THERE WOULD BE NO JAILBREAK COMMUNITY AT ALL. Second, the only reason Saurik doesn't want this to happen is because he will be losing his 30% of every purchase to Themeit. It has nothing to do with controlling the 'evolution' of themes. Why do u think he acquired RockApp??

      Now with all that said, Cydia is still the only jb store that will be installed by default, so if this is going to be successful, there needs to be a TON of support.

      So.... WHOS WITH IT?!?
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      Hahaha, themeit Is doing what Cydia, did too apple!!!
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Well this is frowned upon...
    1. bostonguy3737's Avatar
      bostonguy3737 -
      Well not like I need to be in the middle of more drama but this is unbelievably hypocritical of saurik and goes totally against everything he supposedly stands for and preaches on every talk show he's on. If it's about "guiding the future of theming/ JBing" then he should embrace the fact someone to a huge leap of faith for the good if the community. Fact is most not all of the devs of apps/tweaks could care less about themes and are pretty blunt to say so just read there twitter threads. Needless to say it seams very convenient that now after seeing a viable alternative now theming is important? Great prove it, work with theme_it for the good of the consumer instead of trying to bully the new guy with a great product that benefits all. No doubt Saurik and his staff are brilliant technical minds but that doesn't always translate to great business people with forward thinking.


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    1. rdragona's Avatar
      rdragona -
      Umm not really competition. In a way this is a good thing. I used to like Cydia, but then it became way to crowded with themes. Every time I went to see new things, that's practically all I got >.< I wanna see apps not themes. They're overcrowding cydia. So I'm all for ThemeIt!
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by DRFP View Post
      Look I just thought it was weird since we talk about all kinda of JB and other news and a new theme store seems to be news...... Moving it was not the best idea I think.

      The talk about Cydia and such is stupid, Saurik is owed a lot, he was a pioneer, Rock took shortcuts that caused JB devices to be unstable even though we did not know it, Look what happens, happens rock is gone, Cydia is still here and this theme store may or may not be here in the years to come but lets at least embrace what others are doing in a free economy allowed by JB.
      I didn't move it.
    1. Captinsmooth's Avatar
      Captinsmooth -
      Quote Originally Posted by nickhesson View Post
      Saurik already sells themes in his store and has worked very hard at keeping everything under control. With an additional store, even though it's just themes, he's got competition, which means he can't control the way things evolve for themes in the future.
      I think a comment from Saurik is dearly needed on this story. I am sure he would not like this store, 90% of cydia is themes. He stands allot to loose.


      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      ThemeIt is an amazing app and it will be good to bring some competition back to the community
      Agreed.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      this shouldn't be compared to Cydia as it's only for themes nothing else. It should be compared to IconHarvester
    1. toyvan's Avatar
      toyvan -
      This is legitimate news and I can't believe this thread was moved. The mmi community has very right to hear about this and they deserve to hear about it! How upsetting.

      At any rate, let me just say that as one of the lead beta testers of themeit for the past few months you will NOT be disappointed! If you're a theme developer the tools and dev portal is incredible. From the theme uploading process to managing your themes, everything has been well thought out and gives u complete control. If you're a theme lover then the app is fast, user-friendly and esthetically pleasing. No more sifting through a pile of crap for a nice quality theme!

      There are only about 20 themes available at launch but expect this number to grow as the word quickly spreads. So get ready for something BETTER! 1 day 7 hrs 31 min 45 sec..44, 43, 42...
    1. DTB214's Avatar
      DTB214 -
      Cydia better watch out!
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by DRFP View Post
      I didn't think you did and thought maybe it was a mistake too?
      I was a bit cocky I guess.
      haha its cool