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App piracy: the good, the bad and how to reduce it

0. phoneArena 04 Jan 2013, 09:07 posted on

A surprising news emerged these days: Installous, an app for jailbroken iPhones and iPads that allowed users to install pirated apps for free, has been discontinued due to lack of enough user interest. Does that mean that people have started spending more money on apps? Is this a sign that app piracy is in decline? While the end of Installous sure is a win for developers and publishers, we feel this is a perfect occasion to share our thoughts with regards to app piracy as a whole...

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posted on 04 Jan 2013, 14:44

55. phibux (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)

I thing the best system to protect the consumer is what google does, you purchase an app, you have 15 minutes to test it and if you dont like it you can return it and get your money back

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 16:37 1

61. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

try before buy is a good option but how about just creating a "refund" option?? lol

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 20:08

62. dsmboost (Posts: 46; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)

I pirate apps because I don't plan on buying them anyway. If I want an app that isn't piratable, I'm not going to buy it. I'm not stealing if I wasn't going to purchase it to begin with.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 01:45

67. Mfa901 (Posts: 280; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)

paying money for apps....?
are you kidding
in my whole life I have not spent a single penny on apps
if you can get something free that who the hell is going to pay for that

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 04:03 1

69. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

Yeah yeah yeah. You people have spent hundreds of dollars every year or every couple of years to update your phone. To have the latest one, yet you can't afford to buy a 4-dollar app or even a 99-cent app? Seriously?

Okay, I won't play the good guy here. I, too, pirate apps, for a damn good reason. WHY? Because I don't have a credit card or in any means to pay it. If only, they charged the payment to the carriers, it would be a lot easy for me, and for people like me, to pay it and not even for a single time again, pirate it. But as long as I could download it in a more legit way, I really would do so.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 07:08

74. jsdechavez (Posts: 731; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)

In developing countries, most people don't have a credit card. These app stores should arrange/enable carrier billing to minimize piracy.

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 14:24

79. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)

I think that Apple should take a note from MS' book on this one. Every app (in my knowledge, anyways) on the MS Store has a free version (either a trial, or ad supported). I love using this tool to decide whether I like an app before I decide to purchase it.

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 17:48

80. stevles (Posts: 4; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)

There are many reasons why pirating exists.
For me personally, the only reasons I pirate apps are these:
1. The app says incompatible on the android market, yet when I download it elsewhere it works perfectly fine. Why you refuse my money Google? WHY?
2. A 15 minute refund policy is absolutely ridiculous. I like to trial games/apps/anything for longer than 15 minutes before I make a decision to buy. Demo's exist for a reason.

That's pretty much it. I feel my reasons for pirating apps are sound and warranted, imo if something deserves to be bought then it should be. The only down side to this theory: GOOGLE WONT LET ME!

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