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About five million Chinese iPhone users have come to the store in search of apps

A Chinese app store is offering iPhone and iPad users pirated iOS apps in China, saying that users in the country lack familiarity with iTunes.

Chinese app store (which is provided by the company Kuaiyong) is using Apple's own enterprise licensing technology to offer pirated apps to Chinese iPhone and iPad users -- all without having to jailbreak their iOS devices.

How has it managed to do this? Apple's enterprise app deployment technology allows app distribution to an unlimited number of iOS devices -- meaning that corporations can distribute their own apps after receiving the necessary developer provisioning profile from Apple.

There's no need to jailbreak the iOS device because the same app is being distributed over and over with the same license ID. is now using this to offer pirated apps to Chinese iOS users, who can find apps like Final Fantasy V and Badland in the store. The "app store" said the reason for offering pirated apps is the challenges associated with using iTunes in China.

The following is a statement from

Statistics have shown that a significant amount of Apple users are Chinese based. However, the fact is that in China, a large number of Apple users are not very familiar with the iTunes system and how to effectively manage it.

In order for Chinese Apple fans to download applications securely, Kuaiyong developed its own method of giving users access to thousands of free apps without having to jailbreak their devices. Kuaiyong offers detailed descriptions of apps, free app download trial, IOS device management and visual and audio file backup system. IOS system backup and recovery features will also be released in the very near future.

Our goal has always been about bringing Chinese Apple users with quick, convenient and pleasant IOS experience. Since the introduce of Kuaiyong, the proportion of jailbreak in China has declined dramatically from 60% to around 30%. Kuaiyong will hold on to this goal in the future and we would like to see more support for Apple as well as Kuaiyong.

This, of course, is hurting Apple because it allows Chinese customers to buy Apple hardware without having any ties to the App Store, iCloud backup, etc. 

Currently, about five million Chinese iPhone users have come to the store in search of apps. offers a warning that customers should not use their Apple ID or the App Store to cut down on the "frequency of repair." 

Apple will likely come up with some way to shut this store down in the future, since it has already seized many fake Apple stores in China in the past. For instance, in July 2011, investigators found an unauthorized Apple retailer in Kunming, China after an American living in the city blogged about the store's products. The fake Apple store imitated a legitimate Apple store, right on down to the white walls, wood display tables, and employees with Apple t-shirts.

A month later, authorities inspected 300 additional stores in the city and managed to locate 22 more fake Apple retailers.

Source: Venture Beat

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RE: Are we surprised?
By kmmatney on 4/22/2013 11:52:04 AM , Rating: 2
While I used to like iTunes, it just hasn't gotten any better, and new versions seems really buggy (running with Windows 8, at least). I'm in the same boat - I want to get some more music on my iPhone, but have just been dreading using iTunes. What I really hate is how it insists on backing up everything to my computer - I have an SSD and I don't need 16GB of Apps copied over to it.

I've been using iTunes for a long time, and each release I can barely figure out how to get it to work again (at least how I want it to work, which is not the out-of-box experience). I don't see how this would have any chance of working in China (and I've worked in China and Taiwan quite a bit).

What's ironic is that most iTunes alternative programs were made to look just like iTunes, with the same music browsing interface. (for example Songbird, MediaMonkey, SharePod, etc...). iTunes has gone and cluttered everything up, while these alternative programs are now much easier to use.
I dropped iTunes a long time ago for my old iPod Nano, using SharePod straight from the device itself). I'm still looking for a good alternative for transferring music to my iPhone. Maybe Songbird has gotten better...

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