Installous, The App Store For Pirates, Has Shut Down

Hackulous, the outfit behind Installous, has closed the doors on its website and Cydia repository. It marks the end of one of the more curious apps made for jailbroken iOS devices, one that replicated the App Store experience — just with pirated software.

Usually when one wants to download something illegally, they fire up their BitTorrent client, peruse a Usenet search engine or scrounge the web's numerous file hosting services. For iOS apps though, Installous delivered a user-friendly, almost professional interface around the internet's cache of cracked IPAs.

As this article on iDownloadBlog reports, the Hackulous team left a short message on its now-empty website, blaming the shutdown on a lack of interest on its forums and a dead community:

Goodnight, sweet prince.

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, Hackulous Team

I doubt spending hours toiling away at an app that helps people download software without paying for it was particularly fulfilling, especially if you had a community that couldn't give a crap (not in the least surprising). For their sakes, I hope these guys move onto something more worthwhile.

[Hackulous, via iDownloadBlog]



    Just goes to show, when content is priced fairly, people will happily pay and not pirate. With apps starting at just $1 who even bothers to pirate these days?

    Music and movie companies should take note.

      Exactly. Who wants to have to download from Installous again, with those terrible captchas and download speeds, just to update a 99 cent app?

        +1 those captchas... And the popups after you wait for the 60 second before the dl link appears which makes the whole process start all over again.

    I used to use it, but these days I just pay for apps. I'm not really sad to see it go.

    Thanks goodness. Maybe now Apple will allow it. Piracy was Apple's only deterrent against jail breaking.

      That's like saying "The Pirate Bay has closed down so piracy doesn't exist anymore". This may have been the biggest and best (I haven't used it just going by the article) but it doesn't mean there aren't many more out there.

        There's pretty much no other way for layusers to pirate apps, AFAIK

          Wrong. I noticed Installous being down the other day, and for the lulz checked outs few options. Came across a Chinese version that's as good if not better In about 5 mins...

            Fair enough, I stand corrected. Hopefully it doesn't become as popular. Jailbreaking deserves so much more than what it's labelled as.

            What options aside from installous are there?

    The jailbreaking community for iOS just doesn't seem as interested any longer. I wonder if it has something to do with the growing success of Android, which is much easier to develop custom software for.

      Or that iOS6 has delivered most of the jail break tweaks people have been after.

      I'm in that camp. Most of the features I jailbroke my iPhone back in the day, and now can do everything proper in Android.

      Uh huh, much easier, with the myriad of Android phones developers need to cater for instead of the very specific models of iOS supported hardware.. Yep.... Keep asking yourself why iOS gets the popular apps first and Android second.

      WHAT? Easier to develop for? In what universe? Multiple devices, multiple OS's, a variety of resolutions and screen sizes. Since when was that easier? Ask a dev who makes apps for iOS and android, they'll tell you the truth. Not your deluded beliefs.

        I didn't mean that at all in terms of standard apps. The Android market is plagued with fragmentation and that's no secret. What I was referring to was the custom software that changes fundamental elements of the OS (such as the keyboard or primary messaging client). In this situation, it's either the standard Android Play Store or a jailbroken iPhone.

    Same here, used to have it but now I buy all my apps. They are so cheap and along with itunes card discounts, installous is now redundant. I just JB now because I like customising my springboard

    Haha well how about Appcake. Installous was just an aggregator it pulled the info from Apptrackr. This doesn't stop piracy.

    I hate to say it but having BitTorrent on Android makes pirating apps easy

    You can still pirate apps using your PC via apptrackr. The app was broken and useless anyway, dead links and caching errors made it unusable.

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