Dali Clock no longer available in app store

Update: ok, it looks like the whole app store has been fucked for more than a day. It's still an open question as to whether you can download an existing app if the developer hasn't paid up their $100/year. I hadn't tried, and now I can't...

Update 2: Yeah, it looks like it's been pulled. Good times.

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22 Responses:

    • pavel_lishin says:

      Yeah, I imagine that if they pulled your app if you didn't pay yearly, the app would be simply gone, instead of displaying a cryptic message.

      You're getting paranoid.

  1. dolface says:

    I got a "This item is temporarily unavailable, please try again later" message, so maybe it's an iTunes glitch?

  2. David Glover says:

    It's not you, it's the store, everything is all fucked up right now.

    • jwz says:

      Maybe you're right, who knows. I got mail from someone yesterday saying they couldn't download it, so I assumed that if it was still happening a day later, it was just my app.

      Have any of you downloaded Dali Clock in the last couple of months?

  3. It isn't an open question. If you haven't paid the 100$/year, Apple will leave your app on the store until they feel like they don't want to anymore. It says that in the thick legalese that nobody read except me. You can't push updates, but they'll leave the app on the store for "some time".

    P.S. I finally had to upgrade to Xcode 4. What utter rot. This debugger interface sucks.

  4. Lloyd says:

    We had an iTunes outage here in the UK - symptoms were not remembering password and asking for it each time an app was installed, apps silently vanishing once downloads were started, occasional 'cannot connect to iTunes' messages. (Once the outage was over, the failed downloads were not queued, but then I'd quit and restarted the App Store in the interim.)

    idaliclock failed to install either side of the outage, generating a message 'The item you tried to buy is no longer available'.

    The idea of paying a cover charge to get into a club and keep riff-raff out, fine. The idea of club membership, also fine. But this is like keeping a cardboard cutout in the club once the patron has left, or sticking up CCTV footage after they've gone.

  5. Joe Crawford says:

    stackoverflow, often canonical on programmer questions: Will my app stay in the app store after I stopped paying developer fee to Apple? ... sounds like it will expire and disappear when your developer membership expires. As of right now I see it in the App Store when I search, but it fails to install as others have indicated. You're stuck with the fee if you want it to persist in the store, looks like.

  6. gio says:

    i downloaded it a couple of weeks ago.

  7. Bill Weiss says:

    It's been a while since this post, so maybe you've already figured it out, but I can't download Dali Clock at this point. I see it in the App Store on my iPad, but when it starts downloading I get a notification that "the item you tried to buy is no longer available"

  8. Shii says:

    you should put DaliClock in Cydia in case anyone really wants it

  9. Lloyd says:

    Can't you post it on Cydia or whatever that jailbreak app store is called? Cydonia? Cylonia?

    • jwz says:

      I haven't jailbroken my iPhone, and the last time I tried it destabilized it terribly, so I'm not particularly motivated to go down that rathole.

  10. Yuhong Bao says:

    From http://www.jwz.org/xdaliclock/:

    Huh? XHTML is lowercase, not uppercase.
    And BTW on the reasons why the app has to be pulled, I was thinking of the hosting costs as the first reason, but then realized it didn't really make any sense.