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

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

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, 10:07 1

8. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

or you could be an effective shopper and spend no more than $10 when those apps go on sale.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 10:24 1

10. ultimatebatman (Posts: 52; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)

So you love Gameloft and Rockstar games but refuse to pay for them? If everyone was a moron like you, do you think we'd ever see MC5? I don't understand morons who can't spend $7 on a full featured game, not counting that they are often on sale.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 10:25 3

11. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

Don't blame me, not my fault, you can put the blame on those so-called "blapkmarket' site for providing free stuffs,

Let's take a look at the music on your phone

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 10:55 1

26. rickywinataa (Posts: 262; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

Why don't you blame yourself for opening it. You sounds like a spoiled brat from south east asia (lots of south east asia country, except singapore pirate things all the time)

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 11:16

35. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

Such a hypocrite, I'm not paying for a crap that I can't even touch it, nuff said!

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 11:46 1

41. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

You live in the same country as me, i know.. @rickywinataa

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 11:53

44. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

And the sad thing is the one who looks like a spoiled brat from SEA is yourself, got a diarrhea on a Christmas huh?

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 08:32

76. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)

Are you talking about India?????????

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 10:35

77. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

we're talking about south east asia not south asia, india lies in south asia

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 15:41

56. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

That's like helping yourself to everything in someone's house because the door was left unlocked.

And then you jump to the conclusion that everyone is a music pirate. Nice. Very nice.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 10:31

14. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

And no I'm not paying for something that I can't even touch it or smell it, it's not worthy enough,

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 13:46 1

50. blazee (Posts: 414; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)

You're clearly just kid and you don't have a job or probably never did either. Im glad not everyone is like you bc movie stars musicians, Google, and everyone in the computer and entertainment Industry would be working for free

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 23:46 1

66. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

and besides..purchasing apps are not available in my country, there is no google play in my country, so i have to pirate it xD

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 16:06 1

58. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

Exactly the reason that identity theft shouldn't be a crime! You can't physically hold someone's bank account, so what's the problem with taking all of their savings?


posted on 04 Jan 2013, 10:33 1

15. vignesh_viggs (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)

C'mon..If you continue this .. they'll(developers) will stop making innovative Apps and Games ..Let's support them By purchasing Original version.!!

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 16:27

60. mariosraptor (Posts: 135; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)

I believe you are just an Apple troll that just want to make Android platform and it's users look like they support piracy.
Android users support piracy less than Apple users cause most of us know this OS and the work that devs put into making this even better.
But instead ios users cry for a jailbreak cause they spen a ton of money to buy a product that should cost no more than 300 bucks.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 21:51 1

63. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

Oh really? I don't even have any apple products, in fact, this comment was posted with my Galaxy Nexus

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 05:23

72. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)

First time heard that someone feel offended by a pirate. I don't care if you pirate those application but by saying you feel offended while you just enjoying someone hard work by stealing just well, you absolutely has no right. Like a thief give report to the government because he feel offended by the law and the police.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 17:24

78. adk199 (Posts: 23; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)

It's much less than I get paid eating at work on one day. Really 30 bucks. I couldn't find anything criminal I would do to save 30$. 30000000$ maybe but 30... hmmm that's low. Perhaps I can understand certain iPhone users because they were robbed when buying the phone but else

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 09:41

2. Kalevro (Posts: 56; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)

Or all apps should be 10 cents thath's why I made myself a money for app counter-It looks up the app that i pirated and adds it to a total of purchased apps just to count how much money I would have spent. 76$ for 16 games. No way !

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 10:12 1

9. stychill (unregistered)

10 cents?

99 Cents for an app or game is a decent price, $76 is too much?. Quality apps and games don't take a second to make, time and effort goes into these things you enjoy using. Yet you say the developer doesn't deserve to rewarded for their efforts. i wonder how you would react if your employer refused to pay you after you worked for them

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 09:58 3

5. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 904; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

Step one. Extend the time on refund policies. For larger apps by the time you download it and realize its a ginourmous turd then your out of luck. This also applies with games and apps that have a learning curve. I pay for the majority of my apps but sometimes can't justify some of the prices or got burned by that company in the past.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 12:33

47. ncstu (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Spot on. Try before you buy is the reason I pirate. I bought Nova, Swiftkey, Tasker, and Titanium but not before I used them for a few weeks or even months. I can't count the number of garbage paid apps that I have tried and subsequently uninstalled.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 11:15

34. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)

I will put this in simple terms. The day that developers make it easy enough and cheap enouh for me to buy an app i will stop using pirated programs and games, but as long as you charge one third of a average salary here for a pc game no thanx. Remember, most of the world is not rich as the glorious US of A

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 11:53 1

45. IamTheGodfatherofCell (Posts: 33; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

There will never be a fool proof way to prevent this type of behavior...when we had cassette tapes...people bootlegged them....cds....bootleggers...vhs tapes...bootleggers...cd-roms, x box 360 games, mp3s....it will never stop. The more difficult they make it to rip these files, the more people will stop doing it....for the most part,..

as stated before, this is something the majority of android and iphone users dont mess with...so its not that big of a deal

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 12:35

48. ncstu (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Oh yea, well I could never find a bootleg star wars laser disk. For years I missed out on digital surround sound death star battles!

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 12:07

46. buccob (Posts: 2733; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

Very nice article.

I have to admit that I have downloaded some pirated apps to my Android, but at the same time when I realize how good the app was I uninstalled and paid for it...

And the other pirate app I had, well it was because it was never release for my country... Otherwise I would have gladly paid for it... cough GTA cough

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 14:01 1

51. bluexperia (Posts: 41; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

in my opinion, its best to buy an app because it will save your time looking for an update (waiting hacker to crack it) and use all of premium feature without any concern.. but, sometimes ( sometime its not 'sometime' but 'everytime') paid apps was very highly and wrongly priced.. that why people made pirate of it. you`ve got to think about the market first before stepping into the app making world dev.. then you don`t have to worry cause about your app being pirated.. make a good app, priced it fairly and nicely, people buying will increase instead people pirating it because we consumers know when to spend for the right thing for our money.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 14:02

52. belovedson (Posts: 1052; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)

To the author, bad job!

I done an I phone much but when I did installous was great simply by the fact they allowed a diverse, and useful apps that were not found in the regular app store.

Part of apples success derived from the home brew app/jailbreak scene that allowed users to operate an I phone on let's say r mobile, tether freely the unlimited data that was being offered.

Some of the arguments may be in the past if you want an apple go with art but that wasn't possible for many because of the high prices or general disgust with art's general lack of customers service. Or tethering is bad because it congests the network. Reality is art and verizon make a huge revenue year in and year out. I their gross exceeds that of big bad oil. They somehow get away without paying certain taxes and for the most part our government does little to keep them in check, and I'm looking at verizon and att. To make a long story a congested network is no way the consumers part.

Att and verizon have more than enough resources to build and expand their coverage. It's almost laughable, and consumers attack one another about data usage while att and verizon quietly get rich and abuse the consumers

Long tangent... I know. But I hope you see the relevance. The lack of software provided by appstore helps the rich

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 14:09

53. JunkCreek (Posts: 407; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

mostly, someone payed the apps to make himself money by sharing the payed apps on their blogs or uploaded on a file hosting that give at least payroll per download. thats how the piracy goes. some share for make money, some just share to make others enjoy or just to make their self to become famous or has big reputation on blogs or forums.

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