Simplify Media no more

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by azcoyote, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. azcoyote macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2009
    This blows.. Simplify Media just announced they're pulling the plug on their current software, including the iPhone app. They're removing the iPhone apps from the App Store and disabling new account creation. If you already have Simplify, it'll work for at least the next 3 months. Who knows what'll happen after the 3 months are up. They're going in a "new direction". Unbelievable. Simplify Music 2.0 has been by far my favorite iPhone app. I use it everyday at work and in the car to stream music from home. I won't be a happy camper if the Simplify service stops working altogether in 3 months. I could always go back to using Orb, but Simplify is much better for streaming music. I'm still hoping Apple will someday soon give us the ability to stream music from our home iTunes libraries to iPhone/iPad over 3G & WiFi.

  2. opticalserenity macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2007
    Dang, that sucks. I didn't use it but it's crummy when things like this happen. I'm not sure I'd trust this company any longer.
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
  4. azcoyote thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2009
    I suspect this is Simplify Media's way of forcing users to upgrade their client iPhone apps once again and cough up even more $$. I've already paid for the original Simplify iPhone app. Then later purchased the Music 2.0 and Photo apps. I use Simplify more than any other app on my iPhone, so I didn't mind paying a few bucks to upgrade. I was hoping Simplify would continue to add features to the existing apps. The reason I went to their website yesterday was to see if they had plans on releasing an optimized version of the Music 2.0 app for the iPad to allow viewing album art at full resolution and seeing more artists/albums/songs on the screen when scrolling. Instead I find out they're phasing out the current apps and re-launching as a brand new product later this year, once again forcing upgrades. I'll probably end up purchasing the new and improved Simplify app after the re-launch if it works well with the iPad and there's no better alternative. I do have Orb, but I don't use it for music. Simplify's app has more features for streaming music and more polished.
  5. wooo macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2006
  6. Mac In School macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2007
    I'm not heartbroken over this. On average it took 5+ minutes to load my library every time I opened the app. Fun for a while... Painful beyond that.
  7. LostLogik macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2008
    only 5 mins? You were lucky. I ditched it long ago because of the time it took to load mine or any other library (of worthful size). Nope, not sorry to see it go.
  8. wooo macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2006
    FYI, the poor performance of Simplify on my mac is part of what drove me to write the ooTunes server/app combo. I found that simplify was using 25% of my CPU always (when it should have been idling) and that it was taking hours to rescan my 60k track library. ooTunes is certainly not perfect in all respects, but it parses my 60k library in under 2 seconds (which is good since I have it set to update the playcount, play date, and ratings in realtime, so those changes are almost instantaneous). The app loads a large playlist or even the full "music" library in under 10 seconds on 3G, so if speed was your primary bone to pick with Simplify, you may want to check out ooTunes.
  9. guinness0514 macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2010

    I got a feeling this has to be more due to the acquisition of lala. lala's big thing was streaming music. If Apple has there "S^*^" together, which I am sure they do, Simplify prob getting out of dodge...
  10. applo macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2011
  11. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    That only works on the same network. It doesn't help over 3G.
  12. djrobsd macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2008
    Ahh the irony... It's been over a year since the acquisition, and we finally see the fruits of all this... Google Music is NOTHING like Simplify, you have to upload all your music to their "cloud" rather then streaming it from your home. Why Google went in that direction is beyond me, I guess since Apple and Amazon are, they don't want to miss out on the party.

    Anyway, at least there are other options now, including Subsonic... ;)

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