Pirate iOS App Store and Related Services Go Dark

Hackulous closed its doors for good, according to a report from TorrentFreak. The entire community that catered to offering cracked apps for Apple's iOS devices seems to have unceremoniously died or shut down yesterday. This includes Apptrackr, the web-based partner index for cracked apps; and Installous, an app used by millions to transfer those cracked apps to iOS devices.

The operators of these sites and services say that a "lack of activity" is the main reason for shutting the whole thing down.

"We are very sad to announce that Hackulous is shutting down," the Hackulous team said in a statement yesterday. "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 has more information on the shutdown of these sites and services, but much of the decision to take these things offline is still unknown.

Source: TorrentFreak

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    faefrost says:

    I don't think it is so much "shoddy" things in this case (although yes Apple does have some tendancies. Maybe MS wasn't the evil empire we made it out to be eh?) But that Apple (and Valve with Steam, and The Android market) Have finally listened to the consumers. The iOS APP store succeeds over hackers because it did what we the game players and consumers have been telling the developers to do for years. It priced and delivered the products at a point where it is less hassle to simply pay for the clean legit and worry free versions than it is to jump through the minefield that is cracked, hacked, and questionable software. Film industry take note of this!!! At that point the only people making use of these type sites were the dedicated hobbiests. And there really truly aren't enough of them to keep the lights on.

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    GrimCW says:

    yeah, they realized the Android OS is designed openly enough they don't need any special hacks to pirate.

    just download and go :p 

    I kid of course. Apples been pulling some shoddy strings lately, and Steve Jobs has gotta be doing cartwheels in his resting place at this point….

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    Sora-Chan says:

    I think when the Pirates are abandoning ship, it starts to mean bad news for your product. 😛

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    GrimCW says:

    and on that day…. nothing was lost..

    Don't much care for pirates. Jailbreaks and homebrew are sorely misunderstood and considered bad simply because of a few bad eggs. Not to mention, given the prices, theres really no reason to be pirating such cheap things if you were capable of affording the device..

    I've my IOS devices jailbroken i admit, but its because i cannot stand the limited UI options they have.. spectacular devices, awesome apps, but HORRID limitations on the UI… all that the toolbar could be, and the tiny size of folders….

    or the piss poor forced order of icons from left to right…. kinda defeats the purpose of having background images even avail as an option if you get stuck burying it under icons and folders…

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