Well today I had to make the difficult decision to remove News Addict from the iTunes app store.
Unfortunately I guess many of the major news websites no longer want apps linking to their web sites via iPhone applications. Basically News Addict was just a nice way to keep all your news links in one place as we linked to mobile versions of your favorite news sites with a simple fast browser. Bookmarking has always been something that was acceptable and even encouraged until this point. After all if you are a news site, your goal should be getting more people reading your content and viewing your ads. I guess now these media organizations have dreams of subscription models and we all know how that’s going to turn out.
So anyway today I was asked to remove NY Times, USA Today, BBC, CNN, ABC, Fox News, Wallstreet Journal, and the Economist. I was nicely given the option of releasing an updated version of the application with these links removed. After some thought, I decided this just wouldn’t be fair to current users of the app. If I push an update through, everyone is going to lose those links. So I decided instead to remove the application.
I don’t blame Apple. They are just doing what they have to do when they get cease and desist orders from news organizations. The solution they gave me was really the only option available to them.
I am very proud that News Addict has remained in the top 20 of the News category since it was released. It was also one of the few News apps to break the top 100 paid apps list. It was a fun ride for my first app.