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Abandonware Killed by iOS Update

If a developer abandons an app, it is only a matter of time before an iOS update officially kills it.

Usually, there are newer, bigger better apps to take their place. But sometimes a gem just goes bye-bye.

One such app is PitchLab. There are many tuners for iOS and I've tried quite a few of them. The best by far was PitchLab (I believe it was called PItchLab Guitar Tuner in iOS. The developer is Karl Morton. One of the features that made it special (besides its best-in-class tracking) were the different display options, including a spectral view that showed pitches on an X-Y graph. It has to be seen to be believed. Incredibly helpful-- and works like a charm. My most favorite teaching app.

It left Play and iOS app stores a couple years ago, (though I believe the android version is still available in its last form from the Amazon app store). It worked for a while in iOS but a recent iOS update finished it off.

I'm curious if others have some beloved apps that have had a similar fate.
There are fewer missing from my phone than my pad. But two stand out to me.

Alchemy Synth… my first iOS synth purchase
MyScript Stack… the best keyboard replacement I’ve ever used on any phone
@Tony

Did that version of Alchemy have the huge additive synth section?
On June 16, 2021 - @stub said:
@Tony

Did that version of Alchemy have the huge additive synth section?

It did. I hate that Apple killed it for iOS only to incorporate it into Logic Pro.
That does suck. The watered down version they put in iOS Garageband isn't that cool (to me).

Alchemy's additive is one of the easiest to adjust because the sliders aren't one-pixel wide.

It's a shame that rereleasing that Alchemy won't ever happen -- and the reasons are stupid and sad.
I happened to notice that Werkbench disappeared from the App Store yesterday. I assumed the worse, but I emailed Karl. Fortunately it was just a lapse on his end and he's going to get it back up ASAP!
That's nice to hear.

With my android phone, I don't use Play, only Amazon. Don't get me wrong, I hate them both. But Amazon's app store is too "dumb" to track me and push ads to me.

I have on a couple of occasions had to remind a developer to push an update to the Amazon App store. The developers don't seem to like Amazon much.
On June 17, 2021 - @Tim Webb said:
I happened to notice that Werkbench disappeared from the App Store yesterday. I assumed the worse, but I emailed Karl. Fortunately it was just a lapse on his end and he's going to get it back up ASAP!

Werkbench is such a fun and fantastic tool. I could have sworn there was an iPhone version available for a short period of time. An update as a AU3 plugin would be super duper welcome!
@Tony: You're right! I remembered the iPhone app. I just looked into it. It seems that it was a thing, but it didn't last long. It was released in 2012, and it didn't get any updates.

https://discchord.com/appnews/2012/12/14/werkbench-for-iphone.html

Since it never got an update, its initial iTunes store description never changed. So was frozen in time with a: **Special introductory sale!** until it was eventually pulled. I can't tell exactly when it was pulled from iTunes, or if it lasted long enough for iTunes to become the App Store. My records are pretty good, but this seems odd. According to the site's DB the iPhone version was pulled on May 17th, 2018. So it just sat there for 6 years? I guess that's a possibility.

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