– Just a day after launch, Skyfire has been pulled from iTunes, amid overwhelming consumer demand. In a post to the company blog, Robert Oberhofer, product management director at Skyfire, said the Skyfire app would be “sold out” until the company could get its “capacity in line with the incredible demand.”
“Skyfire for iPhone has been received with unbelievable enthusiasm. Despite our best attempts and predictions, the demand far exceeds our initial projections,” Oberhofer wrote. “The user experience was performing well for the first few hours, but as the surge continued, the peak load on our servers and bandwidth caused the video experience to degrade.”
Oberhofer said that Skyfire was “working really hard to increase capacity,” and said the company “will be accepting new purchases from the App Store as soon as we can support it. We are very grateful for the demand. Within 5 hours, Skyfire for iPhone became the top grossing app, the third highest paid app overall and the top application in the Utilities category,” he noted.
Skyfire allows iPhone users to view Flash content on their phones. Skyfire transcodes Flash-based content on its cloud and then serves it up within the browser, but due to unexpected demand, it wasn’t able to keep up with the traffic.