If you use a jailbroken iPhone, you likely have been taking advantage of either Cydia or Rock.app. Well, two weekends ago Rock Your Phone and Saurik’s Cydia announced that they would merge and that both of their respective stores for jailbroken devices would merge as well. To be more specific though, Cydia acquired Rock Your Phone and all of the Rock.app products, licenses and sales have now moved over to Cydia as of yesterday.
Rock Your Phone was launched in 2008 providing iPhone users who took the plunge and jailbroke their phone, an alternative to Apple’s App Store. They were the first to introduce a market that spanned across the desktop, web, and mobile device platforms. They also featured 10 day trials of any application in their market, something iPhone users have been begging for from Apple for some time.
According to Jay Freeman (aka Saurik), the combination of the two companies will allow them to collaborate instead of fight each other, allowing them to bring you “twice as much awesome”. He also states (on Cydia’s Merger FAQ page) that although Rock.app was much faster than Cydia, it was due to some “dangerous shortcuts” that resulted in an update which forced users “to restore their devices and start over.”
The most important aspect of this aquisition/merger is that if you purchased any app in Rock, the licenses are promised to not only be ported over, but done so as smoothly as possible. Account transitions are said to be equally as smooth.
Do you use wither Rock.app or Cydia? How has this affected you?