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Pirated iOS App Store Site Shuts Down 432

Posted by timothy
from the another-reason-to-stick-with-free-software dept.
SternisheFan writes with this excerpt from CNET: "Installous, a major portal for pirated paid apps from Apple's App Store, won't be around anymore. Development team Hackulous today announced the closure of Installous on their official Web site. As of today, the pirated app store no longer works, and only shows these errors: 'Outdated version. Installous will now terminate' or 'API Error. API unavailable.' For many years, Installous offered complete access to thousands of paid iOS apps for free for anyone with a jailbroken iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Think of it as being able to walk into a fancy department store, steal anything you want, and never get caught."
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Pirated iOS App Store Site Shuts Down

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  • by alen (225700) on Tuesday January 01, 2013 @10:22AM (#42441149)

    Stealing $.99 games is clearly a right

    • by hsmith (818216)
      $500 phone

      $100 a month service charges

      Yet, you can't afford $0.99 software, lol
  • by Sam H (3979) <sam@zoy.org> on Tuesday January 01, 2013 @10:24AM (#42441161) Homepage

    Think of it as being able to walk into a fancy department store, steal anything you want, and never get caught.

    Oh wow, the piracy / physical theft analogy. Looks like the first Slashdot troll of the year!

    • by houghi (78078)

      OTOH I wish Piracy and Theft were the same. You could kill a guy while stealing a CD and you will be better off then when RIAA gets after you.

    • by Stoutlimb (143245)

      It's almost like walking into a library and reading any book you want.

      • And indeed theres nothing wrong with you using the commercial software that's on the libraries computers.

        However, go to the library and copy the commercial software, or photocopy an entire book, and you're stealing.

  • Cost of Apps (Score:5, Insightful)

    by timmyf2371 (586051) on Tuesday January 01, 2013 @10:25AM (#42441173)
    I've never understood the desire to pirate apps iOS (or Android/WP) apps. If I'm paying over £500 for the device, then logic dictates that I have enough disposable income to pay the going rate for apps, particularly when most of the popular apps start at the ridiculously low price of 69p. Many of these are published by independent developers or small software firms, where every sale counts.

    And seriously, who is so cheap that they would refuse to pay 69p for whatever game is popular at the moment?
    • I thought these were jailbroken devices. As in, probably not new. Like, the neighbor upgraded, and unloaded his device for cheap. Or, maybe it was stolen. Or, it was found on the side of the road, and repaired. Or, it was bought as a present, and the recipient simply doesn't have any money with which to buy apps.

      Just because someone has an iDevice, doesn't mean he paid upwards of a thousand dollars for it.

      • There's nothing about jailbreaking that implies the device wasn't bought from new. No more than chipping a console.

        And they don't cost upwards of a thousand dollars. Even without a contract and unlocked, iPhones range from $450 to $849, new.

    • by Megane (129182)
      Back about ten years or so, a sort-of acquaintance was a compulsive video downloader. He had CD booklets full of downloaded .AVI Hollywood movies burned to CD-Rs. It was apparent to me that while he downloaded a great quantity of these, he was too busy doing anything else to actually watch more than a few of them. (Well, of course, since most of what comes out of Hollywood IS crap.) So, yeah, there are people who will pirate something, use it once or twice (if that much), then forget it, other than as a bad
      • by Zemran (3101)

        Not wishing to burst your bubble but I watch a movie while another one is downloading. You do not have to stop your life and watch it download. It just does it while you sleep or work.

    • Re:Cost of Apps (Score:4, Insightful)

      by flonker (526111) on Tuesday January 01, 2013 @11:12AM (#42441457)

      Much of it comes from the frustration of purchasing an app only to find out within the first few seconds of using it that it was a waste of money. (I was thinking specifically about business and productivity apps, but it applies to games and entertainment as well.)

      • As with any purchase, you're a fool if you don't look at reviews before you buy.

        • by am 2k (217885)

          The reviews in Apple's App Store are horrible. There's no way for developers to respond to anything or even know who wrote that review, and people don't realize that (asking questions in reviews and giving one star because they don't get a reaction). Most reviews seem to be written by people who have an axe to grind or don't get the product at all. People who use the app regularly usually don't write reviews (why bother?). If the developer throws up an alert asking nicely for reviews, the result is that a l

          • I'm also an app developer with apps on there. And I don't recognise your description. Before Apple limited reviews to only the people who'd actually purchased the app, the review system was hopelessly broken. But not now.

            Sure, it's frustrating as a developer not to be able to respond to misguided reviews. But think about what it would be like if developers could respond... the review section would turn into a comments section. And we know from elsewhere on the internet how hateful they can become.

            The proper

            • by am 2k (217885)

              Have you seen the Uselss mug [marco.org]? That doesn't come from nowhere.

              • Of course, everyone's had or at least seen reviews like that. But if the app is well made, they fade into irrelevance next to the good reviews.

                Think of it from the point of view of a customer: are you not going to buy because amongst the good reviews there's a few one star reviews from people that are obviously clueless?

        • Should be true of cars and clothes, no?

          • Cars, definitely.

            Clothes is more of a what-you-see-is-what-you-get scenario. Unless I suppose you purchase on-line. In which case, for sure you should be looking at reviews.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      I've never understood the desire to pirate apps iOS (or Android/WP) apps. If I'm paying over £500 for the device, then logic dictates that I have enough disposable income to pay the going rate for apps.

      One: one of the ways people with disposable income stay that way is by being circumspect about when and where they dispose of said income.

      Two: most mobile apps are crap. They either don't work (for the purpose they are desired for) or work poorly, or the purpose turns out to be pointless. Many of those don't have demos available. Piracy provides a try-before-you-buy avenue. Sure, not everyone buys, even if they like the app. But there's still a "legit" reason to want to circumvent the payment system.

    • You cannot resale an app.
  • This shows, once again, the folly of depending on centralized systems to manage the free flow of information. To spell it out: The operators are few, and human, and will therefore behave unpredictably, resulting in situations such as this shutdown.
  • by Joe_Dragon (2206452) on Tuesday January 01, 2013 @01:01PM (#42442219)

    we need 3rd party app stores not ones with Pirated apps but ones with say Content that is banded on other app stores, one that offer lower costs to dev's, one that let you have open-source software on them, ones with out API locks.

    You can get firefox on Android but not on windows phone or ios.

  • "Think of it as being able to walk into a fancy department store, steal anything you want, and never get caught"

    Thye figure if they keep using this analogy long enough, they will just hammer it intos

    downloading a "pirate app" is not the same as stealing something from a department store.

    Its the same as instead of buying something from a knockoff store, buying a rip off from china town.

    I say, in return for this horrible misuse of the english language we associate the crimes of embezzlement, graft, corporate
  • Its clear that Apple users do not want a walled garden, or limited to Apple store...or even that Apple does not have privacy, When an Apple developer attacked users recently, by naming and shaming them through their twitter posts, he also claimed a 75% piracy rate.

  • by Trilkin (2042026) on Tuesday January 01, 2013 @02:58PM (#42443283)

    Apptrackr is. Apptrackr shut down which made Installous pointless since that was the repository that Installous pulled from. As far as I understand they are/were owned by different people, but in either case, it's a case of Apptrackr being gone and the frontend made for it being useless.

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