In what seems like a small victory for Apple against app piracy, the Hackulous team announced today on its site that it is shutting down, bringing down its most popular apps in the process: Installous and AppSync.
Apple iPhone users who relied on Installous to install their pirated iPhone apps will have to look elsewhere now that the famed app store has ceased functioning because the Hackulous community has called its quits. Citing “stagnant” forums that have become hard to manage, the Hackulous team decided to shut down its community yesterday. The shutdown also crippled Apptrakr, a repository for pirated apps that Installous uses to install the apps on jailbroken iPhone and iPad devices.
The following message was posted on the Hackulous website:
“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.
With lots of love,
As far as I know, Installous was the easiest and fastest way to install cracked apps onto your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. At this time, it appears that the Hackulous repo is down, meaning that you can’t install Installous or AppSync anymore, those two apps being necessary to install cracked apps from third party pirate sites.
TorrentFreak reports that the reason given for the shutdown seems strange considering that its sources say that the forums had a healthy amount of users, and a “ghost town” by nature should not be difficult to moderate if there isn’t much activity. Regardless of the reason Hackulous is no more, the loss of the pirated app store will surely put a smile on the face of Apple and the developers whose products were passed around the community without permission. There are other alternatives, but the closure of the largest and most recognized store for cracked apps is a small victory.
If you were an Installous user, it looks like you’re going to have to spend $0.99 on that app after all. If you are a developer, I’m sure you’ll be happy to hear the news. If you are an iOS user, consider this day a victory for iOS and a chance to have an amazing developer community keep coming up with awesome apps.