It seems not everyone is happy about the changes brought on by Windows Phone 8.1.
Chris Field, the developer of Mehdoh, and also a number of other lesser known apps, including a Soundcloud app Cloudoh, has tweeted that he is unpublishing all his apps except Medhoh, which he will be delisting as he was “done with Windows Phone.”
His decision is driven by the API changes in Windows Phone 8.1, in particular Background Audio, which is unsupported in Silverlight 8.1 (but is accessible via other means).
Field is not the only developer daunted by the changes going from Windows Phone 8 to 8.1. AAWP reports that Johan Paul has also decided to discontinue Podcatcher, after the changes in WP8.1 exposed what he called fundamental issues with the codebase.
While Windows Phone 8 apps will continue to work without issue in WP8.1, it seems adding the new capabilities the community expects and demands is becoming a challenge to devs with legacy code. Hopefully this is not an issue with major 3rd party apps, which would mean we will see even less 3rd party apps updated regularly in the future.