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Pirate app store closes down

If you're a user of Hackulous, an online community that allows iOS users access to cracked apps, you may have noticed that the community has unceremoniously closed its doors as of yesterday. An affiliated web partner index for cracked iPhone apps called Apptrackr has also been disabled. According the people who were operating the communities, lack of activity is the reason they were shut down.

“We are very sad to announce that Hackulous is shutting down,” the team said in a statement.

“After many years, our community has become stagnant and our forums are a bit of a ghost town. It has become difficult to keep them online and well-moderated, despite the devotion of our staff. We’re incredibly thankful for the support we’ve had over the years and hope that new, greater communities blossom out of our absence.”

TorrentFreak reports that it was able to contact a couple people who claim to be familiar with operations at the site who disagree with the statements offered as a reason for the shutdown. According to those two users, the site was healthy and had plenty of users.
 
The closing of the community also puts into question the viability of Installous, which is software that allowed the installation of cracked apps on Apple devices like the iPhone and iPad.

Source: TorrentFreak



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RE: Is there a legitimate use...
By Trisped on 12/31/2012 2:42:06 PM , Rating: 2
If you do not want to distribute your app through the Apple store then these rouge stores were a good option.

Of course jail breaking your iPhone device is no longer legal, and 99% of the apps a person could want can be obtained from the iTunes store for cheep. I expect that they actually did fall out of favor so it was no longer worth the effort to keep the site up and continue to fight Apple.


RE: Is there a legitimate use...
By BillyBatson on 12/31/2012 2:46:41 PM , Rating: 2
The thing is there isn't a jailbreak for ios6 and for some reason almost no one I knew on ios5 didn't jailbreak. Ios3-4 was when it was most popular so I can see how use of the service has declined. This doesn't get rid of Cydia so if you want to release apps but not in apples store you can alwys do so there, hackulous was never intended for developers to post their apps there hackulous was pretty much a clone of apples App Store but with older versions of apps as well.


By BillyBatson on 12/31/2012 5:19:00 PM , Rating: 2
scratch that, I guess there might be a jailbreak for ios6 lol

http://hothardware.com/News/AppleUnlocker-Offers-N...


By Xplorer4x4 on 12/31/2012 5:43:48 PM , Rating: 2
TorrentFreak spoke with Moderators(?) of the site that said that the forums were far from the ghost town the admin described. They also said the site was still getting substantial traffic and found it off the Admin shut down the site. If what the TF article states is true, then it sounds quite fishy.


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