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Old Dec 31, 2012, 09:19 AM   #1
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Hackulous Shuts Down, Taking Down Popular Pirated App Source Installous




As noted by iDownloadBlog, popular iOS pirated app community Hackulous has announced that it is shutting down, taking down the Installous jailbreak tool used to install pirated apps on iOS devices. A statement from Hackulous reads:
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We are very sad to announce that Hackulous is shutting down. 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.
As iDownloadBlog observes, it is almost certain that other piracy tools, both existing and new, will rise in prominence to fill the void left by the removal of Installous, as there is certainly no shortage of users seeking to cheat developers out of their app fees.

Piracy is a major problem for many iOS app developers, and there have been several instances of piracy forcing developers to remove their apps from the App Store. One such case earlier this month saw Hunted Cow shut down its multiplayer title Battle Dungeon after piracy rates of roughly 90% made it impossible to handle the game's server load based on the revenue generated through legitimate sales.

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Old Dec 31, 2012, 09:19 AM   #2
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Admin Note: MacRumors does not permit discussion of specific instructions for obtaining cracked and/or pirated apps. Posts asking for or sharing information on ways to install pirated apps will be deleted.

General discussion of piracy and the role of Hackulous/Installous in it is of course allowed.
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Old Dec 31, 2012, 09:22 AM   #3
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Good. The rest need to go with them and hopefully in iOS7 there will be some improvements to help stop pirated apps.
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Old Dec 31, 2012, 09:22 AM   #4
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Old Dec 31, 2012, 09:24 AM   #5
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I never understood the kiddies who could afford an iPhone but couldn't afford $1 apps. Guess they'll flock to Android and crush that platforms app programmers.

Good news for developers.
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Old Dec 31, 2012, 10:02 AM   #6
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I never understood the kiddies who could afford an iPhone but couldn't afford $1 apps. Guess they'll flock to Android and crush that platforms app programmers.

Good news for developers.
Yesterday, despite my interjection, I witnessed a crime beneath my eyes. One of my family members was downloading a pirated game on android.

What shocks me is that I know people who regret their iPhone purchase because iOS 6 has no jailbreak so they can't pirate. And also people who claim that android is better than iOS for the sole reason of piracy.

I've seen innocent people, harmless people, good people who resort to stealing their software. It's just sad.
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Old Dec 31, 2012, 10:05 AM   #7
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Jailbreaking good, pirating apps bad!
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Old Dec 31, 2012, 10:16 AM   #8
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Yesterday, despite my interjection, I witnessed a crime beneath my eyes. One of my family members was downloading a pirated game on android.

What shocks me is that I know people who regret their iPhone purchase because iOS 6 has no jailbreak so they can't pirate. And also people who claim that android is better than iOS for the sole reason of piracy.

I've seen innocent people, harmless people, good people who resort to stealing their software. It's just sad.
Not for nothing, but stealing is NOT "harmless," since, as shown by the example in this very article, it has a very real effect on people trying to run a business. How many thousands of dollars and man-hours were ruined by people like your relative? It's no better than people related to a mugger on the news talking about what a good boy the perp is.
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Old Dec 31, 2012, 11:16 AM   #9
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Yesterday, despite my interjection, I witnessed a crime beneath my eyes. One of my family members was downloading a pirated game on android.
Oh, the horror!
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Old Dec 31, 2012, 11:51 AM   #10
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Yesterday, despite my interjection, I witnessed a crime beneath my eyes. One of my family members was downloading a pirated game on android.

What shocks me is that I know people who regret their iPhone purchase because iOS 6 has no jailbreak so they can't pirate. And also people who claim that android is better than iOS for the sole reason of piracy.

I've seen innocent people, harmless people, good people who resort to stealing their software. It's just sad.
Usually, they don't say that Android is 'better' than iOS directly, they just say that Android is more free and iOS too close ...

Or how freedom for people just means 'free to steal'.
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Yesterday, despite my interjection, I witnessed a crime beneath my eyes. One of my family members was downloading a pirated game on android.

I've seen innocent people, harmless people, good people who resort to stealing their software. It's just sad.
Therein lies the crux of the problem. Can you name another law that innocent harmless good people break? Think for a long time before you answer
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Old Dec 31, 2012, 10:56 AM   #12
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I never understood the kiddies who could afford an iPhone but couldn't afford $1 apps.
I seriously doubt that most of these kids are paying for their own devices.
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Old Dec 31, 2012, 03:33 PM   #13
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Why the lack of comments on jbing for modding? I jb just for modding cause iOS still doesn't allow a lot of stuff...like printing natively to many printers (via truprint) or like tethering natively (tetherme) or like one finger swipe up for multitasking (zephyr)
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I never understood the kiddies who could afford an iPhone but couldn't afford $1 apps. Guess they'll flock to Android and crush that platforms app programmers.
Exactly.
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I never understood the kiddies who could afford an iPhone but couldn't afford $1 apps. Guess they'll flock to Android and crush that platforms app programmers.

Good news for developers.
Has nothing to do with android but people who feel entitled to everything without working and paying their own way. Like a 5 dollar app is even remotely expensive!
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Old Dec 31, 2012, 09:36 AM   #16
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Good. The rest need to go with them and hopefully in iOS7 there will be some improvements to help stop pirated apps.
I agree with you, but there's not much more Apple can do other than close other loopholes, which won't necessarily stop apps from being pirated at all; and because the iOS platform is only getting bigger, so is the pirating platform.
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Good. The rest need to go with them and hopefully in iOS7 there will be some improvements to help stop pirated apps.
yes, because mature OSes like Windows and OS X are without pirated software...oh, wait.

the people are the problem. not the tools.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 03:54 PM   #18
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Good. The rest need to go with them and hopefully in iOS7 there will be some improvements to help stop pirated apps.
Any attempts to block piracy seem to fail - look at pirate bay. Patching Piracy will never stop it - you can't. There are other ways to fix it, these tend to result in less profit though.
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 05:16 AM   #19
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It's hilarious how some here gawk at the idea of pirated apps yet are OK with illegally downloaded music.

Is Photoshop on your PC legit? Did you pay for it?
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 05:48 AM   #20
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It's hilarious how some here gawk at the idea of pirated apps yet are OK with illegally downloaded music.

Is Photoshop on your PC legit? Did you pay for it?
Yes..work paid

Not all pirating is about money folks, I know it tough to believe but it really is the case.

I like to pirate because I like the challenge or I don't like the dev. I will continue my little personal war with RIAA and MPAA until they're gone or I get bored.
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Hackulous...you will not be missed.

Pay the developers for the apps you use.
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Old Dec 31, 2012, 09:22 AM   #22
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It won't make a jailbreak come any faster.
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Old Dec 31, 2012, 09:23 AM   #23
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Good riddance. Jailbreaking shouldn't be about pirating.
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Old Dec 31, 2012, 09:25 AM   #24
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Excellent news! Hopefully others will follow suit, rather than attempting to "fill the void".
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Never used Hackulous, so it won't be missed.

However, I do wish some developers kept their apps more up-to-date than they do now.
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