Rock Your Phone Acquired by Cydia

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Today the folks at Rock Your Phone, the makers of the store, announced they have been acquired by SaurikIT,LLC, known for Cydia.

While details of the purchase have not been made public, it seems that the will fade into Cydia, where the apps in their store will all eventually make their way to Cydia.

Mario Ciabarra, who founded Rock Your Phone said the following:

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.

There's a lot coming with the acquisition, Rock Your Phone has built quite a fanbase in the past. Here are a few interesting points about Rock Your Phone:

  • 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

Meanwhile Installous, which lets owners of jailbroken devices install cracked and hacked Apps sits in a spot in which no one dares acquire the app. Because downloading cracked Apps that are otherwise for sale on the iTunes store is considered illegal, this one won't be going anywhere anytime soon. At least not in the way of acquisitions.

[Via ModMyi]

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