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  • Crack Down on Cracked Apps


    The two popular cracked app spots known mostly as "the place to get it and get out" (No forums, just cracked apps for miles) have fallen to retaliation against app crackers.

    Appstorecracked lost all of its links to cracked apps this morning. Themobileapps.com fell last week and has shown no signs of re-emerging.

    The two large cracked app spots are the first "big" spots to show retaliation against cracked apps. While themobileapps seems to have been completely stripped from the server, appstorecracked simply had it's app database removed this morning from 4shared and I'd bet you will see the site itself fall very shortly. With two sites falling we are probably just on the cusp of the tidal wave of actions against cracked apps.

    As Apple continues it's fight to keep the iphone under their financial control, the war between users and Apple has seemed to spark almost a challenge for users to beat Apple at their own game. Crackers after all are not thieves, they are hackers. They do it for the thrill. Sort of like jailbreakers are, but they cross the lines of legality whereas jailbreakers are just hacking the firmware for kicks with no illegal activity.

    You can bet Apple will continue this war further as more sites pop up, and Apple's attack wages on. Remember modmyi.com has has to change its name not once but twice to avoid litigation from Apple and MMi doesn't distribute warez. While we don't have solid confirmation this was the doing of Apple or an app company, it is very likely that they played a roll. Remember there is big money to protect on the AppStore. Big Money = Big lawyers = Big lawsuits. We can only expect both Apple and appstore application development companies to become more aggressive about protecting apps in the future.

    edit: Nefarious says themobileapps was sold. appstorecracked had their files removed from 4shared for copyright violations for sure
    edit 2: before themobileapps most recently disappeared they have been kicked around a bunch of different hosts since hosts don't like hosting sites that distribute warez
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Crack Down on Cracked Apps started by one1 View original post
    Comments 45 Comments
    1. Cody Overcash's Avatar
      Cody Overcash -
      Quote Originally Posted by skj8100 View Post
      yeah the kid that was saying that has no clue what he is talking about. mr- jailbreaking is okay but not having cracked apps. they are both against your user policy so why do you think your better? lol. people kill me with their sanctimonious crap.


      more sanctimonious crap
      jailbreaking technically voids your warranty. It is not illegal.

      Distributing cracked copyrighted software is illegal.

      One is legal, one isn't. There really is no argument to be had about that.
    1. oshawapilot's Avatar
      oshawapilot -
      Quote Originally Posted by TomFrost View Post
      Hackers always want to justify what they're doing, of course, but I was impressed by what this one had to say.
      You know, you could replace the word "Appstore" with the name of just about any big software house out there and they'd still stand behind their reasoning for piracy.

      If an app looks like junk, don't buy it, simple. Wait a while, see what the reviews end up being, and perhaps look at it again in the future. If there's still any question, either find a free alternative (Cydia/Installer), or suck it up and go without. If it looks good, shell out the few dollars to give the bloody dev a pat on the back, and use the app.

      There are a few "expensive" apps in the appstore (if you can even call $10 "Expensive") that I didn't buy when they first came out because I wasn't sure if they were quality or not. I waited for some quality (non childish) reviews to trickle in and made a decision then, I didn't run off and pirate the app right away because I was in some way trying to justify in some strange way that I shouldn't need to pay because the app "might" suck.

      Personally, I hope Apple continues cracking down. I'd like the appstore to actually still have some developers around in a year or two developing applications. If piracy runs rampant there will be allot who will simply throw up their hands and give up on the platform since if 50% of their installations are pirated and they're only making pennies per actual legitimate sale (assuming a 99c app) it's probably not worth their time. Huge piracy numbers are more tolerable when your making $20, $40, $60 for a software package, but devs aren't going to waste their time given the appstore pricing structure if there's little to no ROI.
    1. PStuLovesCrackk's Avatar
      PStuLovesCrackk -
      Quote Originally Posted by OneRing2Rule View Post
      Have you heard about the rumor that iTunes will now (or soon will) "pick up" on cracked apps on your iPhone and then simply charge you for them the next time you sync?

      Jailbreaking, sure. Cracking? Nah. I pay for mine, both AppStore and in the wild (think Snapture)

      OneRing2Rule

      i dont know about itunes picking up cracked apps but if you have registered with itunes when they didn't require a creditcard then how are they going to charge you with the credit card they dont have? but i do have a feeling they will find a way to detect our crackkd apps but we will also find a way to bypass. good thing that the monkey's ball is still up!!
    1. OneRing2Rule's Avatar
      OneRing2Rule -
      Quote Originally Posted by cash7c3 View Post
      jailbreaking technically voids your warranty. It is not illegal.

      Distributing cracked copyrighted software is illegal.

      One is legal, one isn't. There really is no argument to be had about that.
      Thanks.
    1. equlizer's Avatar
      equlizer -
      couldnt apple be sued for charging for stuff we have on our phones we didnt pay for? I know the person having the "apps" on their phone is illegal, but wouldnt it be illegal for apple to violate your privacy and "check" your iphone?
    1. mikenificent's Avatar
      mikenificent -
      Piracy of app store apps is going to be hard to stop just like regular apps. Take one site down another pops up.

      For app store my stance on cracked apps is kinda in between. If you just want to run the apps and never pay for it then it's wrong but if you are just evaluating and then will purchase I don't see a prob with that.
    1. panzival's Avatar
      panzival -
      Quote Originally Posted by b3nny View Post
      yeah ssh (.app method) should keep working. but, if you're synching through itunes (.ipa method) all they probably need to do is change how the mobile installation file works right? that would at least slow everyone down. wouldn't surprise me a bit if we saw this from an itunes update and/or iphone/touch firmware update. but in any case, yeah, us jailbreakers will always have ssh. so poo on you apple (hows that more immature)

      uh. i mean, wait, what? mobile installation file? .ipa? whats that? cracked apps? who? where?
      Changing the mobile installation file would do nothing. It was changed in 2.1 and was cracked the day it was released.
    1. Nefarious's Avatar
      Nefarious -
      themobileapps was actually recently sold to a new owner and should be back online in the near future.
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nefarious View Post
      themobileapps was actually recently sold to a new owner and should be back online in the near future.
      Source?

      All I can tell you about TMA is that it has been on every server in the eastern and western hemisphere, and kicked off every one of them.
    1. mbaharvard's Avatar
      mbaharvard -
      Why are you people even concerned about cracked apps? Just pay for what you want - it truly is akin to stealing (I will try to use words you can understand). If you want to crack apps, find another way to do it and I hope the cracked sites may have deposited a few viruses your way - much the same way it can happen of you interact with prostitutes! SORRY - all of this usage of cracked apps transfers the real reasons we jailbreak - it is for some freedom to modmyi(phone) and experience what other developers offer us through Cydia - NOT TO STEAL!!!!!!!!!!
    1. kainisable's Avatar
      kainisable -
      oh geez, thank god torrenting lol

      i hope my monkey site doesn't go down i live by that site, i don't think apple can charge you for cracked apps,

      Quote Originally Posted by mbaharvard View Post
      Why are you people even concerned about cracked apps? Just pay for what you want - it truly is akin to stealing (I will try to use words you can understand). If you want to crack apps, find another way to do it and I hope the cracked sites may have deposited a few viruses your way - much the same way it can happen of you interact with prostitutes! SORRY - all of this usage of cracked apps transfers the real reasons we jailbreak - it is for some freedom to modmyi(phone) and experience what other developers offer us through Cydia - NOT TO STEAL!!!!!!!!!!
      Well believe what you want. there's no way in heck I'm going to pay 200+ dollars for all the apps I've downloaded. its just not worth it!, id pay for the apps if the was 99 cent each!, i would still end of paying over 100 dollars (which is unacceptable!!)
    1. mbaharvard's Avatar
      mbaharvard -
      Quote Originally Posted by kainisable View Post
      oh geez, thank god torrenting lol

      i hope my monkey site doesn't go down i live by that site, i don't think apple can charge you for cracked apps,



      Well believe what you want. there's no way in heck I'm going to pay 200+ dollars for all the apps I've downloaded. its just not worth it!, id pay for the apps if the was 99 cent each!, i would still end of paying over 100 dollars (which is unacceptable!!)
      You do not set the price - the developer does! IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO PAY THAT PRICE - DON'T BUY THE APP!!!!! So you are telling me you have stolen $200? This entire thread is going nowhere but into legal troubles and should be terminated. I am sure you who desire to keep stealing will find a way to do so; I am just happy MY wallet is nowhere near you! Torrent away..............

      Oh, and quote me again while you continue to steal and justify your actions - you, sir, are an idiot!
      AND I would buy Ferraris all day if they were 0.99 but I am NOT going to steal one because that is what I think the price should be - GET A CLUE!
    1. DiPSET08's Avatar
      DiPSET08 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mbaharvard View Post
      I would buy Ferraris all day if they were 0.99 but I am NOT going to steal one because that is what I think the price should be - GET A CLUE!
      That isn't a very good comparison because Ferraris are worth the money and are high quality, unlike many apps in the appstore where you can't try it out first before buying it.

      Personally, if I download a c-app and like it. I delete it and buy it from the appstore and then I know that I didn't just throw out $1-10 for nothing.
    1. mbaharvard's Avatar
      mbaharvard -
      Quote Originally Posted by DiPSET08 View Post
      That isn't a very good comparison because Ferraris are worth the money and are high quality, unlike many apps in the appstore where you can't try it out first before buying it.

      Personally, if I download a c-app and like it. I delete it and buy it from the appstore and then I know that I didn't just throw out $1-10 for nothing.
      WHAT?!?! You STILL have to play within the system, or it is outright stealing! I have yet to hear a cohesive argument that tells me cracked apps are OK. Truthfully, there are none. If you feel the opportunity to try out apps before buying is ALL you are doing, then let Apple know about your concerns and WHEN they change the system in place, you can download to you hearts content and decide which apps you want. Until then, you are just plain and simple stealing!
      BTW, ever driven a Ferrari? They are crap to drive....So your argument is null, I prefer BMW, which I drive, and I did not steal one before I brought it back to the dealership and decided to buy it. The system in place is download the app and pay for it - until that is changed, you are stealing!
    1. Nefarious's Avatar
      Nefarious -
      Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
      Source?

      All I can tell you about TMA is that it has been on every server in the eastern and western hemisphere, and kicked off every one of them.
      TheMobileApps.com was sold for $2100

      TheMobileApps.com | 6000+ Unique Visits per Day | 24k+ Pageviews per Day

      The new owner took possession of the domain on 9/5.

      I'm a systems admin for one of the large domain registrars
    1. mbaharvard's Avatar
      mbaharvard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nefarious View Post
      TheMobileApps.com was sold for $2100

      TheMobileApps.com | 6000+ Unique Visits per Day | 24k+ Pageviews per Day

      The new owner took possession of the domain on 9/5.

      I'm a systems admin for one of the large domain registrars
      Hmmmm, $2100? Not too profitable at $5 a day. Maybe, just maybe, some people are getting honest! Thank you for the information.
    1. DiPSET08's Avatar
      DiPSET08 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mbaharvard View Post
      WHAT?!?! You STILL have to play within the system, or it is outright stealing! I have yet to hear a cohesive argument that tells me cracked apps are OK. Truthfully, there are none. If you feel the opportunity to try out apps before buying is ALL you are doing, then let Apple know about your concerns and WHEN they change the system in place, you can download to you hearts content and decide which apps you want. Until then, you are just plain and simple stealing!
      BTW, ever driven a Ferrari? They are crap to drive....So your argument is null, I prefer BMW, which I drive, and I did not steal one before I brought it back to the dealership and decided to buy it. The system in place is download the app and pay for it - until that is changed, you are stealing!
      I'm not trying to saying anything against you or offend you.
      Also I don't mean to "steal", when I really don't because like I said if I like the app or find a use for it, I simple buy it and if not I don't and delete it. And I'm not trying to make it seem like c-apps are okay or anything. I just don't like throwing away money at this point in time. If they offered demos then I wouldn't even think about the other apps and would try and buy/not buy.
      And about apple changing their system, I wouldn't upgrade to the next iTunes or firmware if c-apps weren't still there. (Maybe if there's a big update)

      About the Ferrari, no I've never driven one and probably never will but I know they're expensive.

      Don't mean to offend anyone.
    1. mbaharvard's Avatar
      mbaharvard -
      Ferrari's are expensive and so are the ramifications of all the cracked app stealing. Just because we decide a cracked app is OK to use for a short amount of time - and I believe your intentions are good - there are many others just happy to use a cracked app and never pay. Maybe one day, Apple will change their app-store policy, but until then, we do have to play their game - AFTER ALL WE ALL HAVE IPHONES (from Apple). And thank you, no offense taken and, likewise, I hope.
    1. DiPSET08's Avatar
      DiPSET08 -
      Yeah, none taken. I understand what you mean though and know you meant that as if I was just downloading without buying anything.