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  • First Look: Purchasing from the Cydia Store


    Well it is officially open. Just to test it out I decided to pick up the first paid Cydia App: Cyntact. The first thing you will notice after installing the new Cydia is Cyntact up there in changes. You'll also notice that the title and description is in the color blue instead of black like normal applications. This blue color indicated that it is a Cydia Store Application. That is the only difference you will see in the new Cydia as nothing else menu-wise has changed.

    On to the buying. This process took me ages here the first time around. First I had to sign in with my google account, go through some steps to link the account, etc. Next was signing in with my amazon.com account and going through all the various steps (including remembering my password ) to buy the app. Finally I had purchased the app and was able to install it.

    All said in done the entire process took me about 10 mins including one password lookup in the keychain on my computer. I noticed while authorizing Cydia on my google account there was a button to remember Cydia for later use with my google account so I hopefully wont have to go through all those hoops again. I also noticed a similar option when finally paying with amazon.com to keep my information on file. Something to note is the fact that amazon.com is the only current payment option so users without a US address can not purchase from the Cydia Store right now. If you can get an amazon account you can purchase from the Cydia Store. When questioned about paypal Saurik said, "I am going to work on PayPal support for next week. (I did Amazon first as PayPal has a worse experience and is more expensive)."

    I can not say for sure whether or not the process is as streamlined as it should be or not. The first purchase takes a long time. Is all my information saved for future purchases? I guess I'll have to wait until I buy a second app from the Cydia Store. Assuming it doesn't require me to login a couple times etc then the Cydia Store looks like it could be a big win in convenience for the end user when purchasing jailbreak apps.

    The changes I'm really looking forward to in Cydia is the Comments and rating systems that Saurik has not yet implemented "Comments and ratings will be out soon: I just want to think through scalability one more time (I don't want it to kill payments ;P)." For now business as usual on the enduser side of things. Cydia is Cydia. The store probably won't effect those who aren't interested in it.

    Want to see the whole step-by-step process of purchasing in Cydia? Slideshow below.



    edit: some more info
    • Saurik is looking into doing direct credit card processing in the future.
    • The purchase is tied to your Cydia account. If you get a new iPhone your purchase will still be valid.
    • Saurik does not plan on charging for applications like Cyntact in the future.
    • Cyntact does not have any DRM. Saurik is working with current commercial applications to handle whatever DRM they may have.
    • If you've had a failed payment (such as, a credit card decline) you will need to be patient since Saurik has not coded in support for that yet.
    btw thx Dan-k aka ckybam69 for tipping us that the Cydia Store went live
    This article was originally published in forum thread: First Look: Purchasing from the Cydia Store started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 114 Comments
    1. Bigperm26's Avatar
      Bigperm26 -
      Wow...I paid a $1 for Cyntacts only to help donate to saurik if nothing else. I can't believe how so many people take free stuff for granted. Cydia, winterboard, cycorder (although it has ads) are all free. $1 donation (and you get SOMETHING) is peanut shells for the amount of useful and fun programs I've received for FREE.

      I have NO problem paying a coule bucks for new killer themes. I've donated to folks for creating them.

      I'm SURE the process will get better. Give him some time. The more donations or those that purchase cyntacts will likley speed up the process so he can hire help.
    1. Mista Brothason's Avatar
      Mista Brothason -
      Quote Originally Posted by felacio View Post
      Wow, can't even spare a single dollar.. even if the program is essentially useless

      can't spare a buck to support everything Saurik has done for you thus far, all free might I add. **** move buddy. **** move.


      Anyways, the actual app is... in my mind, basically useless. the number 1 reason why is it's lack of compatibility with intelliscreen. I'm not going to pick something that has one tiny feature to something that has nearly a dozen. not a fair trade, so, until it's fixed to work with intelliscreen, I'm not re-installing it. because I BOUGHT IT ANYWAYS just to support Saurik.


      Hey it DOES work with intelliscreen... just goto performance and flip the switch
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Much as everyone complains about the app store, Apple do have to make sure that every app they sell works with every other one.
      To say this app is 'useless' because it is incompatible with another jailbroken app is just an example of the potential problems.

      Just a thoght....
    1. Juar3z's Avatar
      Juar3z -
      why r u banning every1?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by Juar3z View Post
      why r u banning every1?
      ?
    1. felacio's Avatar
      felacio -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mista Brothason View Post
      Hey it DOES work with intelliscreen... just goto performance and flip the switch
      it's suppose to work with Intelliscreen with the performance switch, but when I did that Cydia, Bosspref, Categories all stopped working, I had to uninstall cyntact to get them all to work again.. *shrug* when it gets fixed I'll download it again.
    1. sogo's Avatar
      sogo -
      I bought it just to support all his hard work that I have been mooching off him in the past years; thank you!
    1. tha5150's Avatar
      tha5150 -
      everyone is being a bunch of cheap bastards. seriously.

      question.. if you were in the gas station and a hot girl was in front of you but short $1, wouldnt you give it to her? girls, same for a hot guy. would you give the person a dollar?

      if you were in a bar and you met someone nice or a band member you thought was playing good, wouldnt you buy them a shot? thats 5 bucks and this is a dollar.

      GROW UP AND PAY THE DOLLAR OR STOP BIT$HING SO DAMN MUCH AND GET OFF THIS THREAD!!!!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I'd give her one
    1. yahoowizard's Avatar
      yahoowizard -
      Is there going to be another Installer where you can download the Cydia paid apps for free, lol?
    1. blackhaT's Avatar
      blackhaT -
      Quote Originally Posted by yahoowizard View Post
      Is there going to be another Installer where you can download the Cydia paid apps for free, lol?
      Not needed-ajl917
    1. BenzoHartt's Avatar
      BenzoHartt -
      Quote Originally Posted by yahoowizard View Post
      Is there going to be another Installer where you can download the Cydia paid apps for free, lol?
      Thats pretty sad man... pretty sad.

      Quote Originally Posted by felacio View Post
      it's suppose to work with Intelliscreen with the performance switch, but when I did that Cydia, Bosspref, Categories all stopped working, I had to uninstall cyntact to get them all to work again.. *shrug* when it gets fixed I'll download it again.
      I'm having the same problem as this guy, plus i was billed twice for it.
    1. irv4's Avatar
      irv4 -
      I've already gotten paid apps from Cydia; it's just that paying for them was done through the apps themselves or the developers' websites-- just like shareware on a regular PC.

      I don't see the new Cydia store being all that helpful, really. Apple forbids demo apps in the App Store, although there are sometimes 'Lite' versions. Still, it is impossible to directly upgrade from a 'Lite' App Store app to the 'Full' one. It can be difficult to figure out how a 'Lite' and 'Full' app differ. Sometimes, there is only a paid option without any opportunity to try before you buy.

      Apple's App Store model seems cumbersome for both developers and customers. Cydia has allowed shareware where the App Store hasn't, and I hope Cydia's new store does not mean the end of shareware-- that jailbroken apps will be only free or prepaid.

      If more apps will be prepaid-only on Cydia, then it would be nice to get refunds if you download the app and dislike it. Also, it would be good to be able to donate for free apps directly through Cydia's store mechanism; like a tip jar for developers.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      I havent purchased anything from here yet, What is the best apps does everyone think?