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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 BillyBatson on 12/31/2012 4:40:49 PM , Rating: 2
Brandon, in the end if the app store had a 1 day free trial on all apps would you still follow your app buying guideline? or would you just go ahead and do the 1 day trial? I guarantee the try before you buy route would be much more popular than the buy and hope for a refund route. Though both offered in tandem would give customers the best security in knowing you have a better idea of what you're paying for.

If I recall correctly weren't there articles and lots of complaining here on DT how the apple app store DIDN'T have a try before you buy as an option? Everyone was pretty upset. Hackulous isn't apple fixing that mistake but at least it helped people like me who desperately need the feature. Apple desperately needs a 1 day trial on apps and a way to download a new version of an existing installed app without overwriting the previous version in case we prefer it to the new version.

RE: Is there a legitimate use...
By Brandon Hill on 12/31/2012 4:48:43 PM , Rating: 2
I would still follow my app buying guideline. I like to keep a "neat" app organizational system on my phone and I just don't go buying apps left and right. I don't even download a bunch of free/Lite apps unless I read the reviews beforehand.

I'm not going to waste my time with junk; I want to make sure I'm putting quality software on my device no matter if it's free or not.

If I read reviews from multiple sources and the app is good, and it's something I actually NEED: I download it for free or pay for it.
If it's the opposite, well, I don't bother downloading it.

My only two impulse buys in recent memory have been Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. I probably would have bought those two regardless of what the reviews were. And luckily, both have been awesome. I beat GTA III on my phone months ago and am currently murdering my way through Vice City.

RE: Is there a legitimate use...
By BillyBatson on 12/31/2012 5:17:02 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see how trying an app for a day and deleting it if you don't like it not "neat". No one is saying download every app for a day just because you can and no one is saying you are forced to keep the app trial whether you buy or not. You're pretty much saying that if you install an app it is only because you know you aren't going to uninstall it? Very strange way of looking at apps.
There are free apps that I have downloaded and deleted within minutes because I knew it wasn't for me without reading any reviews it's faster to try certain things out rather than read about them for forever. Also buy reading reviews and watching videos you can't always tell which software is best for you you can make a very educated decision but unless you try both you won't always know for sure.
I myself don't have many apps outside of the stock ones that ship with ios6 I like to keep my apps to 2-3 pages max and don't like placing my apps in folders. When I download an app it is usually because I am looking for a certain functionality but that being said sometimes I just don't know what is out there in order to want/need it so I browse the store and when sometimes seems interesting I would like to just try it rather than learn about it. Same goes for my mom who doesn't know how to research an app but I promise you would buy a LOT more apps if she could try it for a day first and wouldn't be regretting wasting her money on other apps which she has no knoweledge on how to request a refund even if she has a legitimate reason.

You can do your research while everyone else scrambles for the 1 day trial and almost stop caring about the pointles star rating system. Afterall don't most DT's consider us apple device owners as less intelligent do whatever we are told go with the simplist route people? App trial is much simplier than requesting refunds.

By Brandon Hill on 12/31/2012 5:34:03 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not discounting the fact that trials would work for many people. You asked if I personally would stick to my method and I would.

I'm pretty much in the mature phase of app procurement. I have just about all of the utilities that I need and I use web for most things. The only things I really buy or download anymore are games which sometimes are 500MB, 1GB or greater. Being that I only have a few gigs of free space left, I'm very selective of what I download.

RE: Is there a legitimate use...
By Rukkian on 1/2/2013 10:17:35 AM , Rating: 2
While a 1-day return would be good for consumers, it would mean that (at least for games) most people would download the game, beat it in a day, then request their money back.

For some utilities it may be good, but I see too much abuse to make it worth while.

In the end if you don't want to pay for an app, then don't use it. Pirates always try to find ways to justify stealing (even if it is not the same as physically stealing something), however if everybody did that, there would be no more good software because the money would not be there.

In google play, there has always been a 15min return, no questions asked. I have used it a couple of times, and feel that is a good comprimise.

By chripuck on 1/2/2013 11:50:53 AM , Rating: 2
I disagree, and as a software developer and 5 year iPhone owner, I find Apple's system ridiculous. I've used Installous and Hackulous before and deleted many apps. Apple's iMovie? It's not worth taking up space on my phone, much less paying $5 for it no matter the glowing the reviews are. Plague Inc? Bought it 2 hours after downloading it from Hackulous. Splashtop? Same.

There are many, many apps that have no lite version and the reviews/descriptions are so sparse on actual relevant information other than "it's great!" that they are largely useless (outside of weeding out the obvious non-functional apps.)

Call me dishonest, proclaim loudly from your soapbox that I'm "just making excuses." But as an IT consultant/software developer making six figures, I refuse to pay someone a single penny for producing something of little value to me.

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