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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 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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