Years after becoming one of the most sought-after destinations for iOS jailbreakes, Cydia's application store is turning off shopping. Users will be able to access existing store downloads and access purchases through third parties, but as of this week they will no longer be able to purchase apps from the store.
Founder Jay "Saurik" Freeman revealed the news via a post on Reddit this week, urging users to remove PayPal accounts from their profile. Freeman notes his initial plan to shut down the service by the end of the year before finally choosing to close the purchase mechanism this weekend on the PayPal issue.
The software engineer quotes the toll that the service took on in his personal life and finances when making the decision. "[T]his service is losing me money and it is not something I have any passion for maintaining: it was a critical component of a healthy ecosystem, "he writes," and for a while it helped finance a small team of people to maintain the ecosystem, but it came at a great cost to my sanity and led many people to irrationally hate me because of what amounted to an intentional misunderstanding of how profit versus revenue works. "
Cydia was released 10 years ago, shortly after the first iPhone was unlocked. The service offered users a way to bypass the Apple App Store itself by creating a fanatical fan base in the process. Ultimately, however, the popularity of jailbreak has declined in the intervening users.
The exact future of the Cydia community is still unclear, though Freeman has promised a "more formal" post on his plans next week. We contacted for further comments.