Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Apple buys Catch Notes: Where good apps go to die
Catch, one of the best note taking apps on Android and iOS issued warning a few months ago that they would be shutting down their service on 30 August 2013. There was no mention why they shut down the service. There were only notices from Catch telling users to export their data before it would be deleted and no longer accessible. Well, now 3 months later its clear what happened. Apple bought out Catch and forced them to close up shop.
I guess this is what most good mobile applications hope for really. Have a great idea, make it popular in iTunes and Google play, then hope someone buys you out. It's happened to Vine (bought by Twitter), Instagram (bought by FaceBook), Waze (bought by Google) and many others. It's both good and bad since an app that I used almost daily is now gone but they got their payday and hopefully Apple does something useful with the product.
There's no telling if Apple bought Catch because it was becoming a competitor to Evernote or if it was purchased to enhance their own notes app, only time will tell.