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Fans of the task management service Astrid were understandably concerned when Yahoo acquired the company back in May. Now their worst fears have been realized. Astrid is shutting down on August 5th of this year. That gives you less than a month to get your data out.

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Astrid users can grab a backup of their task data by heading to a special data export page. With the backup in hand, you can migrate fairly painlessly to suggested services like Wrike, Wunderlist, Sandglaz, and Any.do. Wunderlist and Any.do are by far the more popular options on Android (Sandglaz is a web app only). Most of the linked services have a landing page that will accept your Astrid data. The migration process with Any.do is automated and can be handled through the app itself.

Yahoo's plans for the Astrid team are not clear, but it doesn't involve the current Astrid app and service. It's a bummer, but at least we know now. The Astrid app has been downloaded about 4 million times, so there could be a lot of unhappy campers come August 5th. Full statement is below.

Astrid Winding Down

First off, we want to sincerely thank you for being an Astrid user over the years. Your support every step of the way has meant the world to us. As of August 5, 2013, we will be closing the Astrid service.
We know that a transition can be tough, but we want to make it as easy as possible for you. Please go to this link: astrid.com/home/export to download your data.
Once you have your data, we recommend you check out one of these applications. They will allow you to easily import your data, so you can pick up where you left off: Wrike, Wunderlist, Sandglaz, and Any.do.
When we built Astrid, we sought to help as many people as possible become happier, healthier and more productive – and we certainly hope we helped you. Thank you again for your support.
Best regards,
Jon Paris & the Astrid Team

[Astrid Data Export – Thanks, Samantha Gobert]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Ivaylo Stoyanov

    Thanks, Obama!

    • Rafael Eduardo Gomez Barrios

      Obama? What has Obama to do with Yahoo shutting down Astrid? Conspiracy Theory? You might need to get more sleep, buddy!

      • Jonathan Jin

        That's the joke.......

        • Rafael Eduardo Gomez Barrios

          If that was a joke, I apologize. I am not american (well, technically yes, form the american continent), but I am a bit tired of this European attitude (I live in Spain), and not to tell you in the Middle East (where I work) that Obama/USA is to blame for everything. Bad weather? Your food tastes funny? It's all because of the Evil Americans! Some good humor is always good, indeed. So: Thanks Obama! (and shame on Yahoo!)

          • lljktechnogeek

            On this side of the Atlantic, "thanks Obama" is a joke largely based around the perceived tendency of the Republican Party to blame Obama for pretty much everything. The degree to which this tendency is warranted and/or exaggerated is a topic I'd rather not start an Internet slapfight over, but that's where it comes from here.

          • Chris

            If Romney was elected, I'd blame him for plane crashes since he wanted to open airplane windows /s

          • Rafael Eduardo Gomez Barrios

            Thanks for illustrating me. I've learnt something new today. And I agree, we don't want to dig into politics over here: I am from Venezuela, and I'm sure you'll imagine how fed up I am about absurd politics! And racism, it's sad, but from my perspective, it might not be perfect yet, but 30 years ago, a black american president was unthinkable!

          • Chris

            because hes black they blame him. Sadly racism is still very much alive.

            http://bossip.com/676317/a-gallery-of-racist-tweets-about-obama3920/

          • Rafael Eduardo Gomez Barrios

            I like you call him black. We call blond people... blond. We call brunette people... brunette. Now we call black people... afro-you-name-it. Why not black, as they are? It's just another color. If we want to overcome discrimination, we need to start naming things (in this case colors) plainly as they are, otherwise the "polite" word intending to not discriminate becomes a discrimination per se. Thank you all.

          • andy_o

            It's not that simple. You have to put things and words in historical/social context. Blackface or people stretching their eyes with their finger (to mock Asians) for example is extremely offensive in the US, but not as much in other societies where these groups haven't been so sistematically mistreated in the past (and present).

          • Tom

            I think its actually moving more back towards "black" rather than "afro-whatever" these days.

      • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

        i guess you are new to internetz , so here is the ref for you dude. enlighten yourself ;-)

        http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/thanks-obama

  • Ben Enos

    Why on earth would they give up on such a popular app? It just doesn't make much sense

    • Unhappy Camper

      I think it's because of this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acqui-hiring

      • Ben Enos

        Even if they only bought Astrid in order to grab their talent, you would think that they could keep the app running and simply move some different people into those positions running the old company. At this point, most of the work has been done, would only need to keep up with bug fixes and glitches, etc. While some new talent could be brought in to take over Astrid and yahoo could still get whatever Astrid employees they need. What a waste...

        • Rafael Eduardo Gomez Barrios

          As Google has been criticized for shutting down Google Reader, I think this is much worse. After all, Google Reader was a totally free service, and you could get your RSS by many other means. It's just that it was so good, and we got very much used to it. But they announced it with time, let people and other companies get ready (ask Feedly guys). But Astrid was also a paid service (yes, free version was also there), and no direct substitute. It will be like starting from scratch again. What a shame!

        • Christopher Saylor

          It's probably their VC's that pushed for this, who could give 2 craps about anything besides ensuring their investment is made back.

    • Reginald Spence II

      Because they want to become the new Aol.

  • Bill

    There is no surprise. They did the same with musicmatch jukebox a few years ago. It sucks when a person finds a program that does exactly what they want and it gets sold to be shut down. I quit using it as soon as it was sold because I saw this coming.

  • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

    Things like this = why Yahoo! is dying.

    • Harriet J. Hernandez

      what Jeffrey replied I'm impressed that someone able to profit $9783 in a few weeks on the internet. have you read this web link w­w­w.C­a­n9­9.c­o­m

    • http://www.sintjago.com Alfonso Sintjago

      Yahoo stock is going up. Even if you don't like the decision, it was probably the best year for Yahoo in a while.

      • Doubting_Thomas12

        They can only ignore user demands for a limited amount of time. Yahoo was once my primary email, then secondary, now it's approaching tertiary at best.

        After this, I'd rather close my email account than continue with an archaic service that really serves no point anymore.

        Also, since when has stock ever been an indicator of anything but short term outlook? If they keep bleeding users, especially going out of their way to draw frustration and anger like this, they're going to go the way of AOL sooner or later.

  • impure

    And I just switched back. Guess I'm going to have to find another Any.do replacement then.

  • Chris

    astrid!

    • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

      Yeay :)

    • Steez

      Haaha oh Walter..

  • Jeffrey Heesch

    Yahoo realized they had something great on their hands, and knew that that didn't fit in with their goal as a company.

  • Owen Finn

    Don't like this closure? Let Yahoo! know. I bet if they had 10k users complain, they'd keep it running, seeing as that's double the number of people who use any other Yahoo! service...

  • Isu Sukcs
  • http://wwww.minecraftchannel.net/ Minecraft

    Yahoo really have too much competition and the problems that arise. What you can do in the current situation seem so right baby.

  • Dare

    Ugh, all the alternatives suck. Wrike and any.do look like they overcomplicated a to-do list. Wunderlist can't even manage an easy cross-import because they made no accomodation for Astrid users using Google to log in.

    I miss Awesome Note on the iOS...

    • abc123

      If you want awesome note, you can find the apk download if you google around. It was originally a Galaxy Note 8.0 exclusive, but that shouldn't stop you from side loading it.

  • Inha1966
  • Pablo Diaz-Gutierrez

    I thought I should add that at Appfluence, we're finalizing an Android version of Priority Matrix. That should be a good alternative for Astrid users looking for a new home.

  • Rafael

    Fuck you Yahoo. I will never use anytyhing related to Yahoo again! Fuck you so much.

  • Rafael

    sign the petition at http://x.co/astrid

  • Wooden Fish

    Purchase things to kill them! WHY!!! So we are left with mediocrity? When is someone going to kill Yahoo? It is the TV Guide channel of the internet. And to the people who create cool stuff here is a thought say no to the money create it to have life better for people.

  • Nelson Javier Celis Cruz

    Yahoo must die!!!! fucking losers!!! I hate you Yahoo!!!

  • Katybug

    THIS IS HORRIBLE!!! I paid for this app.... And love it. BAD move Yahoo.... Bad move. One of the growing list of reasons why I DON'T Yahoo!

  • Langer

    I signed the Petition! Need to get the word out, I would expect a bunch of people to sign it. Of course if they no longer have even a semi decent task list, how will they remember? It's a conspiracy! I am currently using Remember the Milk, Wunderlist, AnyDo, and a few I don't remember. I just don't like any of them. I want to organize my tasks by priority and alphabetically at the same time... Too much to ask I suppose? Astrid didn't think so....

  • Fongaboo

    STAY THE F*** AWAY FROM SANDGLAZ!!!

    I imported my Astrid tasks and it sent an individual email for EACH AND EVERY TASK I HAVE EVER CREATED IN ASTRID.

    All told, I received 646 emails. My address forwards to my phone's email and SMS. So I got 646 emails on my phone and 646 text messages!

    Then when I tried to delete my account, I got an Application Error in my browser.

    WTF

  • Billish_Returns

    God, f-cking Yahoo! has to just die already....

  • Sreekala Anirudhan

    It was a good product.Really missing such a user friendly application.

  • http://www.szheanyi.tumblr.com/ Shay

    I downloaded Astrid on my kindle a minute ago? I can't log in so does have to do with the shut down?

  • Giacomo Gustatili

    RIP Astrid, it was a good service, a really good one.
    (Now I'm on Beesy.me, which is pretty good but different)

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