Aside from discussions on cracking piracy, which is an entire topic of its own, the immediate thing that happens after a crippling news is people go looking for alternative solutions. Installous is gone and by now, your vocabulary must be quite rich with the names of alternatives of Installous which promise the same features.
The official website of Hackulo.us, the team that created and managed Installous, Crackulous and AppSync for several years states:
“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,
Why Did Installous Shut Down?
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. According to another source, Installous has been having a lot of issues lately. iOS 6 compatibility has taken a big hit this year and the emergence of alternatives like AppCake+ and vShare have proved kind of disturbing.
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.
For folks who’ve come to depend on the app, the news is a big blow. Now, it’s back to square one.
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Without any doubt, every former Installous user is now looking for alternative solutions. From SSH-ing into your iPhone to installing ipa and deb files to getting a good solution like i-Funbox, there are ways out of this mess…
1.AppCake is probably the most famous Installous alternative right now. The reason is you don’t need AppSync for AppCake to run. Most other alternatives require something like AppSync to be running on your iPhone/iPad to get the downloaded IPA files installed and run. You can download apps from AppCake directly on their website or by installing the app on your iOS device through the Cydia Store. Remember, you device needs be running iOS 5+ for AppCake to work on your iOS device. Here’s the full guide for AppCake.
2.vShare is a viable option. Interestingly though, people who have already installed AppSync on their iDevices are in luck: you’ll have vShare run smoothly. For the rest, you’ll need to find AppSync from other third-party sources.
3.i-Funbox remains a worthy alternative but then again, you’ll need AppSync alternatives right now.
4.iFile+SSH into the applications directory is an alternative for those willing to get a little deeper into muddy waters of SSH.