Porn Service iP4Play Goes Bust, CEO Says FaceTime Adoption Too Low [Exclusive]

Porn Service iP4Play Goes Bust, CEO Says FaceTime Adoption Too Low [Exclusive]

Steve Jobs can’t stop porn on Apple devices, but low FaceTime adoption can, apparently.

We’ve been following the rise of FaceTime adult chat company iP4Play since it launched in August 2010.

Now Cult of Mac has learned the company is bust: operations officially ceased last week.

iP4Play blames slow adoption of FaceTime, Apple’s videoconferencing technology, rather than any failings of the company. Not enough people are using FaceTime, whether for sex chat or anything else, the company’s CEO says.


iP4Play seemed to get off to a rousing start,  claiming 1,000 paid chats in its first five days and expanding the number of video vixens available and types of chats over time. Calls cost $4.00/minute and customers paid via credit card for time increments of 5, 10, 20 or 30 minutes.

We asked CEO Travis Falstad what brought the lights down on the company.

Cult of Mac: What brought the company down — not enough customers? Production costs? Not enough people using FaceTime?

Travis Falstad: Lack of FaceTime adoption and competition from webcams, coupled with higher costs to maintain quality talent…

We thank everyone for their support. Our staff gave it their all but we were just a little bit ahead of the curve. We are proud of what we accomplished with a new technology in a short time.

CoM: Do you still owe the talent money?

TF: We’re making sure everyone gets paid for their work.

CoM: How many employees did you have?

TF: Approximately 40 as of last week.

CoM: What advice would you give to someone trying to launch a similar company?

TF: Wait a little while until FaceTime has wider adoption.  I really do believe there’s something here.

CoM: What’s next for you?

TF: I have another mobile app project currently in production.  Definitely more on that to come!

  • aga

    Makes me wonder why they didn’t offer Skype as an alternative and additional method of getting their clients rocks off!

    Maybe the reality is there were not enough clients wanting to pay those prices to talk dirty.

  • Chris Malone

    Maybe because they can see you? I bet someone watching porn wouldn’t mant people knowing they are watching porn.

  • Robert X

    Good

  • lizface4play

    Hi friends!!!!!!!!!
    Well,about
     the fun on facetime, we have the best option!!! If you want  to enjoy
    the experience of cybersex in realtime with facetime. Come, look and
    enjoy our site, then join our website http://www.face4play.com.
     We have the best prices and really beautiful girls. Then just because
    it’s your fist time we will give you your second show absolutely
    free!!!!!!!!!

  • lizface4play

    Hi friends!!!!!!!!!
    Well,about
     the fun on facetime, we have the best option!!! If you want  to enjoy
    the experience of cybersex in realtime with facetime. Come, look and
    enjoy our site, then join our website http://www.face4play.com.
     We have the best prices and really beautiful girls. Then just because
    it’s your fist time we will give you your second show absolutely
    free!!!!!!!!!

  • Robert Pruitt

    It couldn’t be that his domain sounds like “I Pee Four Play” and the strange mental imagery associated with that.  I’m glad this slime site is out of business.

  • Robert Pruitt

    Maybe the two way nature is what ruins it.  It’s not as hot when the obese & sweaty guy knows he’s seen by the hot girl too.  Ruins the fantasy I guess.  

  • sapphir8

    FaceTime online sex makes no sense.  You have to hold the phone with one hand and the other, well you know.  You then have to move the phone to a different location to get a full view I guess, which on a 3.5″ screen is rather clumsy. 

    Then again, I think all non-physical forms of sex are a waste. 

  • John T

    Great!  Now how do I spend my Friday night?

    I need a shower.

  • sebzar

    The companies CEO has a point in that FaceTime gets adopted too slow. I would be a huge fan of FaceTime and would have used it as my main app for communicating with colleagues, family and friends if Apple didn’t make the big blunder to not release at least a windows version. My friends, colleagues and family are mostly unfortunate to not have discovered the pleasure of owning iOS devices or macs. They are still stuck in the hell that is called windows as it’s the only thing they were brainwashed with when they grew up. 

  • Hampus

    Well, I can’t say I am surprised at Facetime not being overly successful.
    Over here in Europe just about every 3G dumbphone made since 2003 has been able to make video calls to any other such phone as long as you were on a 3G network, never really caught on though, how many really/want need to do video calls?

    It’s kind of funny how video calls have been the lates thing to brag about with smartphones even though they alls use their own proprietary software (that can’t call phones of other brands/OSes) for it and is in the end inferior to what dumbphones had before there was even iPhones or Android :p

  • GHo5t

    ??? Shameless Plug Alert !!!!

  • GHo5t

    ??? Shameless Plug Alert !!!!

  • cheesy11

    skype or webcam, if you cant user your phone use your laptop!

  • Steveo

    Wow, slime?  *You’re* the one with the golden shower fetish.  

  • neilbrain

    Thanks for your great stuff and you can go through it live sex show

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