Hackulous, the company behind the popular (and controversial) app Installous which let people easily download pirated apps on jailbroken iOS devices, has shut down.
In what iDownloadBlog’s Sebastien Page has called “a small victory against app piracy,” Installous is now no longer available for use.
Hackulous announced the closure today in a brief post on its website that reads:
“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,
Fans of the Installous are mourning the loss on its Facebook page, and, not surprisingly, offering up links to other piracy apps that are still up and running.
This comes just one day after our East Coast editor John Biggs wrote a TechCrunch article calling Installous “the scam iOS maker of the day” and calling for Apple to shut down the Installous app, which he called “a travesty, and an insult to those who strive to build great apps.” It’s unclear whether Apple heeded his call, or if Hackulous pulled the app on its own as part of its planned shutdown. Either way, now it’s gone.
Update: The Installous app that Biggs wrote about is indeed gone from the iOS App Store, but it is a separate entity from the Installous that was operated by Hackulous, which was available on Cydia via the Hackulous repository. Guess today is a bad day for both of the Installouses in the world. Apologies for the error.
This is certainly not the end of mobile app piracy, but it is one small step forward for developers who want to earn an honest living for building fun mobile applications, and for those of us users who are happy to pay the the dollar or two it takes to download an app the honest way.