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

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

Posted August 5, 2010 at 8:54pm · 35 comments · Add Comment
Totort33
Totort33 - November 15, 2012 at 9:57am
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Agustín Vásquez H
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
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
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
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.
Name
Name - August 6, 2010 at 1:23pm
So here's where the Android Marketplace is superior to the App Store. Android has a 24 hour app return policy. Most of the hacked apps are so people can try them out before dropping cash into a bad app. If the App Store offered such a return policy, you would see less activity on the hackers side.
Guy E
Guy E - August 6, 2010 at 12:31pm
I don't agree that the hacking of software has no importance or effect on the developer. Since apps on the tunes store sell for relatively low amounts of money (try to compare to pricing for PSP's, PS3's, Wii's etc..) kids that cannot buy the software or games by themselves could ask for iTunes credit (ITMS cards) to purchase their games. And lets face it for the price of one console game they could get a bunch of iPod touch (or iPhone Games). Regarding issue 2 the fact that those people wouldn't buy the software anyhow doesn't make it right at all! If someone doesn't feel like paying for a twinkie does it give him the right to walk into a 7-11 and leave with a twinkie or another snack without paying? Those pirates are using the software without paying for it. If they don't want to buy it let them use free apps or light versions!! The reasoning itself is not well presented and doesn't make sense! You don't want to buy it don't steal it, plain and simple! The argument in 3 that by recommending the platform or buying more devices (due to piracy)might help Apple on the long run but on the other hand it hurts the developers even more! Basically that trend will add yet another person to use pirated software and take more revenue away from developers! If I see a person using a cool app for free (pirated) what is my incentive to buy that software? This whole train of thinking adds more ammo to Apple strong hold on the app store and the restrictions that are put on developers. BTW I am not a programer or a developer just a person with common sense the arguments presented extremely weak and parallel to "I didn't feel like walking so I jacked the car!" Since I didn't run anyone over no harm is done!!
John
John - August 6, 2010 at 1:08pm
You are missing the main argument which is that buying apps from the App Store is like buying a new car without being allowed to test drive it, return it, or even confirm its description.
Been taken before
Been taken before - August 6, 2010 at 11:29am
I have looked for specific apps that provide a particular function. A number of times I have read the reviews and reflecting back I swear they must of had their friends all write reviews because the app absolutely sucked. Try before you buy, great idea. Installous - is a by product of the app store business model. Apple can brag all they want about have billions of apps in their store, but how many of them are viable? In my experience i would say 25% are worthy of purchase and the rest should be free. I think what we will see is free apps riddled with iads. Why do some here think jailbreaking and unlocking is piracy?
Name
Name - August 6, 2010 at 1:25pm
I'd even take it down to 10% of useful apps. Plus even though Jobs said that they don't approve apps that crash - what about EA games, or other major developers? Those apps crash all the time and are the most expensive apps in the App Store.
San20176
San20176 - August 6, 2010 at 11:19am
This has being a great idea. I like to try this applications fully before buying it. I had purchase tons of useless apps with promises of doing this and that and only to find out that they don't do exactly what they are supposed to do. In this method i had help apple get more costimers since all of my family had purchase and iphone except for obe lil freak who won't let go of her G1. We went fron 1 iphone to 16 iphones in one month. Thanks hackulo i love what your are doing and i also donated so you guys can keep up the good work.
HY
HY - August 6, 2010 at 10:06am
Not sure if many realize this since Apple does not advertise it well but you can actually get a full refund for any app you buy if you return it within 30 days of purchase.
Apps
Apps - August 6, 2010 at 10:41am
Exactly how do you go about getting a refund for an app? Can you please give more information as I would like to get a refund for apps that I purchased recently, thanks!
Jeff
Jeff - August 6, 2010 at 10:47am
PLEASE DO!.. The big reason I use Cracked/Hacked Apps is to see if it will do what I want. I have purchased ALL the APPS I use and delete those I don't or do not work for me. I'd like more detail on a REFUND as this would do fine for me...
ja
ja - August 6, 2010 at 1:19pm
this is not true, there is no refund policy on apps.
Name
Name - August 6, 2010 at 1:27pm
You're mistaking the iphone with apps.
HY
HY - August 6, 2010 at 1:42pm
I'll look for the link later on today and post it but if you go to your iTunes there is a link for it. Look under contact us. I know this because I sell apps and have had a couple of returns.
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