Hackulous: The Reasoning Behind Cracked Apps and How They Affect Developers

Hackulous: The Reasoning Behind Cracked Apps and How They Affect Developers

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Dissident from Hackulous explains the reasoning behind cracked iOS applications and their effect on application developers in a guest article on TorrentFreak.

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In 2008, Apple unveiled the App Store, a virtual marketplace for developers to sell their applications via an Apple-controlled channel. Since the beginning, one of the key missing features of this store has been a trial service, or even a refund policy. Considering that many competitor products have had these policies for years, some would expect them to be unquestionably employed by Apple, yet two years later in 2010 people are still being swindled by sub-quality applications. The iPhone “cracked app scene” started from the idea of people being able to trial apps before sinking their money into them; an especially useful and welcome exercise considering that such a large number of apps on Apple’s App Store are pointless, underdeveloped, overpriced, and with deceptive descriptions to boot.

Dissident presents four important details that "demonstrate that Hackulous’ brand of activity is not causing as much damage as the Dev Team and everyone else may think".

1. Most of the pirates who use our services do so because they simply cannot afford to purchase the applications. One of the prominent members of the Dev Team, planetbeing, described the pirates who use our software as “predominantly in their early teens where money is scarce and time is abundant.” Since these users have never had any intention or capability to purchase the applications whether or not cracked versions are available, developers of these apps are losing significantly less than what they believe they are to these people.

2. Another portion of our pirates are those who have the capability of purchasing iPhone apps, but not the desire. These pirates typically do not “need” any particular application for free, they just want whatever application that can provide a certain level of entertainment for them. They are not so much making the choice between purchasing or pirating software A, but rather making the choice between pirating software A or B. So again, the profit lost attributed to this tribe of pirates has been overestimated; these pirates would not have forked over their money anyway, they would just move on.

3. Over three million devices are running our software, Installous, to download and install cracked iPhone apps. The people using these devices are Apple customers who are likely to purchase another device, purchase new Apple products, or refer their friends to Apple. As I have stated before, the people who use our services to trial iPhone applications actually help Apple more than they hurt it....

4. Piracy also helps to expose an application to the masses, much like music piracy helps artists and bands get more publicity. Without cracked app sites like apptrackr, a lot of applications would be left languishing in the pits of the App Store among the rest of the 240,984 apps (at last count) available. Only the top 100 free and paid apps and the top 10 free and paid apps in each of the 20 genres, summing up to 600 apps, get any considerable notice. A large number of apps only get to enjoy recognition from the people within the developers’ circle of influence. When they are placed on apptrackr, however, they are exposed to an extensive audience which make up millions of unique visitors a month....

Let us know in the comments what you think of his arguments. Are cracked apps a legitimate way of trialing an application?

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Hackulous: The Reasoning Behind Cracked Apps and How They Affect Developers

Totort33 - November 15, 2012 at 9:57am
Agustín Vásquez H - August 7, 2010 at 2:16pm
I can afford buying apps, in fact I have done that, but I live in Santiago, Chile and buying gift cards over eBay to some one in the US wait to arrive and then to use it to buy Apps in iTunes it\'s really more work and time demanding that just Jailbreak and simply use Apptrackr. These sites are a SALVATION in countries without a App store or a reduced version of it like in Chile. UP FOR HACKULOUS!!!
Crackhead - August 7, 2010 at 9:30am
I use cracked apps for everything, but i delete the when i get bored of apps lol
Giggyman - August 7, 2010 at 12:40am
If it weren\'t for the vast piracy of Windows 3.11 in the 90s, Microsoft wouldn\'t be as widely accepted as the PC standard worldwide. In fact, piracy can sometimes be viewed as a form of free advertising, and free testing for security debugging as well.
gazon - August 6, 2010 at 8:23pm
After jailbreak comes Unlock. And this is the only reason why I wish to jailbreak: to get rid of the policy of my carrier and to be able to have other carrier when I am traveling. Otherwise, I have no problem to pay my app.
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