It took Apple 2 months to approve SkyFire but it only took them a few hours to pull the plug on this app that converts Flash content to HTML5. SkyFire was released this morning in the App Store but it’s already been taken down, for unknown reason.

If you look for SkyFire in the App Store right now, you’re probably going to get the same result as the screenshot above.

Why do you think SkyFire was taken down?

UPDATE: We now know why SkyFire is not available anymore… 

SkyFire was removed from the App Store by the company itself. According to their blog, the popularity of the app is costing them a fortune in bandwidth, which is necessary to convert the videos from Flash to HTML5.

Skyfire for iPhone has been received with unbelievable enthusiasm. Despite our best attempts and predictions, the demand far exceeds our initial projections.

The user experience was performing well for the first few hours, but as the surge continued, the peak load on our servers and bandwidth caused the video experience to degrade.

Thus we are effectively ‘sold out’ and will temporarily not accept new purchases from the App Store. We are working really hard to increase capacity and will be accepting new purchases from the App Store as soon as we can support it.

We are very grateful for the demand. Within 5 hours, Skyfire for iPhone became the top grossing app, the third highest paid app overall and the top application in the Utilities category. Wow!

Please bear with us as we bring our capacity in line with the incredible demand – stay tuned.

Thanks, Robert.

That’s a nice problem to have…

[Thanks Bitnick for the tip]

  • It didn’t get pulled, they were just overwhelmed with demand and had to temporarily stop selling it!

    http://www.skyfire.com/press/blog/68-skyfire-reaches-top-grossing-app-on-iphone-app-store-within-5-hours-sold-out

  • Karl

    Skyfire on the app store for £1.79.

  • Yboy403

    Damn! I saw it this morning, and decided not to get it. Now I want it, because I can’t have it. That’s why they took it down, it’s a clever strategy to increase sales and reduce flash dependence.
    No, I think they did it for some random TOS violation. Good news is, it’s probably in installous. When shapewriter was pulled, it still stayed on installous, and now there’s nothing wrong with pirating it.

  • William

    Don’t worry people you can still get it from Apptrackr. I just installed it and videos are pretty slow. Let’s hope they fix this soon.

  • Dannywio

    Just get it off installous

  • ery

    I looked at it earlier today, 15 reviews and they were all very very negative. That could point to a reason.

  • If you read the reviews circulating the Internet they run 3x negative vs positive… those that took the time today to test out the app, including PC Magazine encountered site after site where the app failed to convert Flash video to the necessary HTML5 code. If it was a bandwidth problem that caused this they have not made webmasters privy to this as reviews are written. It is too bad that they did not have this covered before trotting out the app.

  • Jimmy

    thanks to hackulous for installous, the app is available there!! 🙂 I hate App Store policies!!!

    I just feel bad for the developer now!

  • Jkan

    lol kinda useless if its already over whelmed and we still mass get it with installous/apptrackr loool coz its gonna be super slow. but oh well xD LONG LIVE APPTRACKR AND INSTALLOUS!

  • JB

    Doesn’t this say something about people wanting Flash on their iPhones?

  • Jkan

    it been, since day one.. ipod touch/phone/pad is nearly flawless, but obviously flash is the biggest flaw since its birth.

  • Jkan

    lol and we get laugh at for that reason too …

  • I don’t get it apptrkr I tried but how do you get the app? I am jailbroke on 4.0.

    Steve Jobs – call me, I will trade you some GBICs and some switches for a white iPhone 4. Video streaming melted the Internet, I hear Al gore invented cloud computing there’s the fix scalability

  • appletiser

    I did give in to my previous comment of not bothering due to the less than positive feedback from other users. part of me cynically wonders if they pulled it due to the feedback and part to the reasons given, I know that a few video websites I tried wouldn’t work and as of now, nearly 7am GMT, frequent buffeting is still happening.

    iand nstallous ftw (:

  • its in installus but i install from 4 or 5 links but after install its not working

    • Appletiser

      there were more than 5 links when i downloaded yesterday, the one i chose isn’t listed any more.

  • miasma

    Not nearly as good as Frash especially on iPad. The SkyFire browser looks terrible and Flash handling is just plain nasty.

  • Z

    A small marketing trick. Creating an illusion – fake image of their popularity. The app was NOT as popular as they claim, it was shitty as the reviews specify. They had to pull it off the store to avoid complications, since it’s a paid app. But not only did they do that, but they also played it off as being TOO popular BEYOND their “projections” LOL
    Simply put, a bad launch of a paid app can be crucial for the company in terms of any further app development.

  • Bona P

    I downloaded it off installous, I really like it, best of both worlds. Flash video via skyfire and flash ads, games, etc. via frash. I feel like I’m really using my phone like a pocket Mac now. I wonder if there is anyway to make it the default browser?

  • Kay

    Hi can any1 tell me what to search for on installous for the skyfire app?

  • Jkan

    oh please… stop speaking from one side point of view…. i own a iphone 4g, my sister own a htc evo and my father owns a Sony Ericsson x10, and trust me. skyfire is beast on htc and se x10… AND actually, after release in apple app store, the speed of skyfire lower on my sister and my dad’s phone. WHY? because we using the same server or whatever you like to call it. SO tell me, if it was perfectly fine for half a year, but as soon as it release in apple app store, the speed decrease, if its not because over load… then there’s absolutely no other possible reason. Just because what people tell you, doesn’t mean its true. Go find out yourself, and from my experience, it sure feels like a over load to me… btw guys.. go apptrackr.org ….. and type in skyfire on top right. and scroll to bottom for download link….