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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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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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