Unofficial Google Map Replacement, ClassicMap, Pulled From App Store

Unofficial Google Map Replacement, ClassicMap, Pulled From App Store

Sorry to see you go, ClassicMap

It only took two days, but ClassicMap is no longer available on the Apple iTunes App Store. We reported on the app a couple of days ago, but now clicking on any iTunes link for the app returns a “No longer available in the US iTunes store,” which basically means it’s no longer for sale.

Luckily for you programmer types out there, the whole code source is still up on GitHub, as we mentioned yesterday.

The excitement we all felt about the return of even a limited functionality of Google Maps just underscores again the difficulty everyone many people have reported about Apple’s new Maps app in iOS 6. While many users find it works just fine, there’s a bit of “it’s good enough” in the commentary. No one is raving about Maps in iOS 6, but most of us are ok with it.

So, if you’re mourning the loss of a two-day-old app, feel free to hop over to developer Katsumi Kishikawa’s App Store page, where his other two apps are still available.

  • mr_bee

    This is really disingenuous of you to publish this without also mentioning:

    – the app barely worked in the first place
    – it was a violation of *Google’s* own API rules
    – it illegally used Apple’s IP

    It was pulled for obvious reasons, and no one who reviewed it when it came out said much more than how completely awful it was and how it didn’t even actually work, whereas you make it sound like yet another Apple ‘conspiracy.’

    You also rehash the “difficulty” everyone is having with Apple’s new map app, without mentioning that 76% of users actually think the new maps app works fine, and most reviewers are now reversing their position on the whole supposed “fiasco.”

  • tml6866

    I have navigated about 5 times with the new app and reached 5/5 destinations flawlessly. I’m not in the group “difficulty every one is having” group. Broad statements like that reflect ignorance on the authors part. He didn’t ask me and everything has been perfect so far. @hyperbole @overblown @getratings

  • Rob LeFebvre

    I actually did mention, “While many users find it works just fine,”

    And we’ve also posted a study saying the same. Today, in fact.

    I also linked to our mention of the app yesterday. I don’t think I made anything sound like an Apple conspiracy. I’m kind of a fan of the company and the products, myself.

    Thanks for the feedback, though.

    This is really disingenuous of you to publish this without also mentioning:

    – the app barely worked in the first place
    – it was a violation of *Google’s* own API rules
    – it illegally used Apple’s IP

    It was pulled for obvious reasons, and no one who reviewed it when it came out said much more than how completely awful it was and how it didn’t even actually work, whereas you make it sound like yet another Apple ‘conspiracy.’

    You also rehash the “difficulty” everyone is having with Apple’s new map app, without mentioning that 76% of users actually think the new maps app works fine, and most reviewers are now reversing their position on the whole supposed “fiasco.”

  • Rob LeFebvre

    I have navigated about 5 times with the new app and reached 5/5 destinations flawlessly. I’m not in the group “difficulty every one is having” group. Broad statements like that reflect ignorance on the authors part. He didn’t ask me and everything has been perfect so far. @hyperbole @overblown @getratings

    I totally get where you’re coming from, but it is possible that you are in the group reflected in the study we published today on most people thinking Maps are just fine. However, our own experiences aren’t always reflective of others’.

    Thanks for the feedback.

  • hanhothi

    That app was rubbish. Installed it, tried it out, immediately deleted it. Those saying the Apple Maps app is fine for them probably live in the USA. Those (many more) who are not in the USA often have a different experience in many cases.

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