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At the end of March, Amazon announced it was planning to shut down Diapers.com and all the other e-commerce sites operated by Quidsi – the company Amazon acquired for $545 million back in 2010. However, it didn’t offer any details as to when those sites would eventually shutter their doors. But it now appears the first steps towards closure have been taken – all the Quidsi apps have been pulled out of the app store.

According to data from App Annie, Quidsi at one point had half a dozen published mobile shopping apps across both platforms, including an iOS and Android app for its flagship property Diapers.com, as well as cross-platform versions of the next leading sites, Wag.com and Soap.com. In addition, it also had iOS apps for its less popular sites, AfterSchool.com, BeautyBar.com, Bookworm.com, Casa.com, VineMarket.com, and YoYo.com.

App Annie shows that Diapers.com was ranking on the App Store on Wednesday, which indicates the app was pulled either at a later point in the day on Wednesday or on Thursday.

Amazon did not make any announcement about the apps’ shutdown, though it was to be expected at some point.

If you happen to still have any of the Quidsi apps installed, they appear to remain functional – you can browse products, search, add items to the cart, and checkout, as usual. There is no in-app notification that the app is no longer supported. That may come at a later point, though – after all, the websites themselves are still operational, too.

However, by pulling the apps from the app stores, they’re no longer available for download by new users, and Amazon can stop focusing developer resources on keeping them updated or patching them with bug fixes.

Amazon had said it decided to close down Quidsi because it failed to make the division profitable following the acquisition. But some wondered if Amazon’s feud with Quidsi’s founder, Marc Lore, came into play in this decision. After leaving Amazon, Lore founded Jet.com which…

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