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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 aharris02 on 1/3/2013 11:51:36 AM , Rating: 2
My legitimate use was test-driving apps before I bought them. Yes, I actually purchased apps I liked and used, and I deleted the rest, usually within 2-3 days.

After spending anywhere from $0.99 to $10 on many games and apps that were unplayable (Monkey Ball, I'm lookin at you) or just plain boring, I decided to never buy again without trying it out.

Before free versions and IAP-to-unlock, this simply wasn't available, so turning to the Hackulous community on a jailbroken iPhone was the only option. Now I don't download an app unless I can try it first and pay for it once I decide I like it enough to actually use it.

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