Now that I’m running a jailbroken iDevice again, I find myself browsing the Cydia store once again.  With the A4 and more memory, Cydia seems a little bit snappier than my previous generation device, but it’s still a slow experience.  It seems that no matter how much faster Cydia can get, viewing app descriptions will only be as fast as it takes for the sponsored ads to load.

I’m a little curious how much money the repo sites make from the ads in Cydia.  It can’t be that much, because I’ve never clicked one; I’ve also seen devs commenting on how few people click the ads for their free tweaks.  But they’re still there, so they must make something, right? 

Okay, so here was my next thought.  What if there was a paid version of Cydia with no ads?  Just like the free apps in the App Store have iAds and the paid version of the same apps are ad-free.  Call it Cydia Pro, or Cydia+.  The free version will still be available, but for $4.99 you could get an ad-free version of Cydia.  Maybe $1.99 for 4 months?  I can’t imagine that they make more than that per user, and it would definitely increase their revenues.

What do you think? Would you pay for a pro version of Cydia?  Do you think it would enhance the user experience?

  • Shrike1978

    The fundamental problem with this idea is that most of the ads you see are not from Cydia, but from the repos, which Cydia has no control over. Jay makes his money from the store, the repos make their money from the ads. The only way to really make an idea like this work is to have a way to pay the repos. For that to work you’d have to either pay each of them individually (a pain), or expect them all to come together under one banner and take money from a common collection source (unrealistic). While I would appreciate something like this, I just don’t see how it could ever work.

    • Yup, Shrike1978 is right. While the concept of a pro version of Cydia sounds amazing (and yes I’d be willing to pay for it), it’s impossible to put in place because each repo pretty much sets its own rules. Cydia is just a place that aggregates web pages (repos) and has no control over what is displayed in there.

  • iphoneswiss

    yes but only once 🙂

  • No, since I use only free apps from Cydia I am getting to the point where I just download them from BigBoss’ site or where ever and install them via ssh. Faster that way.

  • Justin

    I have never jailbroken my iPhones, and even though I think I’m going to take the plunge soon, I’m not sure if I would pay extra for my underground app store. But, if I could go throw my spare change in a coinstar machine and get Cydia gift cards like I can for the App Store, I would probably jailbreak sooner.

  • Griff

    Great idea but people can always just block Cydia ads

    • Shadow

      Yeah, I do. But it isn’t much faster that way. For all those wondering how: SBAdBlockToggle.

  • Rob

    I agree Cydia can be slow and cumbersome, but it does the job regardless. Saurik is busy working on other things that he feels are more needy of his time. I’m not quoting him on this, but this is the impression I get from reading between the lines of things I’ve seen him write before. I think that there’d have to be a lot of people committing to pay for a pro service before someone would sit down and produce it since it’d require another resource to do so. I just can’t see it happening.

    What I can tell you from an email exchange with Saurik is that he makes no money at all off many of his apps. Cyntact, as an example, once fees etc all come out is a loss leader for him since he feels some people will jailbreak to have something like that available to them.

  • hardgr00ve

    I’d buy it!

  • Begining with the first comment…Cuydia acts as a host for repos. Set the guidelines everyone must follow, or you’re rejected for the store, so a pro versiom is plenty possible.

    To the 3rd comment as the second isn’t very clear. SSH is not fast. Definitely useful if you must iniect a file into you phone, yes, but most apps that JB user download come from browsing the store. Sort of like grocery shopping. You might make a list, but when you run across an item you need that wasn’t on that list you get. Second problem with that SSH concept is you always be arround a computer to install anything. Enough said on that.

    To the 4th comment: If you have never used Cydia, you could not understand the pain of ads. That said, I can only say wait for a few months of usage then try a review of the store.

    All in all, it would be a great idea to implement. I’m one who would pay for a pro version Cydia and am quite sure there are others willing to do the same.

    To the fifth comment: I am interested as to how you would go about blocking these ads in Cydia. Mind sharing with us in the forums section?

    • Update to post as it was very choppy because of grammatics:

      Begining with the first comment…Cydia acts as a host for repos. Set the guidelines and everyone must follow, or you’re rejected from the store, so a pro version is plenty possible.

      To the 3rd comment as the second isn’t very clear. SSH is not fast. Definitely useful if you must inject a file into your phone, yes, but most apps that JB users download come from browsing the store. Sort of like grocery shopping. You might make a list, but when you run across an item you need that wasn’t on that list you buy it. Second problem with that SSH concept is you always need to be around a computer to install anything. Enough said on that.

      To the 4th comment: If you have never used Cydia, you would not understand the pain of ads. That said, I can only say wait for a few months of usage then try a review of the store.

      All in all, it would be a great idea to implement. I’m one who would pay for a pro version of Cydia and am quite sure there are others willing to do the same.

      To the fifth comment: I am interested as to how you would go about blocking these ads in Cydia. Mind sharing with us in the forums section?

      • Justin

        (4th commenter)
        I don’t have a jailbroken phone, but I have messed with another one that is and have installed a few things from Cydia on it. So I admit I don’t have much experience with it, but I’ve messed with it enough to know the ads don’t bother me much. I would like to see how much faster it is without ads though.

  • Kamesh Jain

    Cydia will become paid… Acquisition of Rock was the indication of this…

    • Shrike1978

      What makes you say that? The acquisition of Rock was a reorganization of business interests. Rock was junk. It was “pretty” junk, and it was “fast” junk, but it was junk. Everyone in the community (except for theme makers) were sick of having to work around problems caused by Rock, and Mario, from his own words, was tired of having to maintain it. He wasn’t interested in package management anymore and wanted to focus solely on Intelliborn and not have to worry about Rock anymore. Jay makes his money from the Cydia Store rather than from Cydia itself. Charging for access to it would be as stupid as Apple charging for access to the App Store. How would it be in his best interest to charge for Cydia when that would risk bringing the user base to near zero and cutting off his main revenue stream?

      Take the time to think for a minute and get the facts of the situation before making up wild ass conspiracies.

  • Well it depends , I got my own opinion… if a pro version could download all of their apps for free could be a nice option. let’s say we gonna pay 10 to20 bux for the pro ver. and all “must pay” from cydia for free? yes I wil!

  • Everyone should realize that saurik doesn’t have a room full of servers right? And no, Cydia will never become paid…. Why don’t you just remove any un-needed repo’s and remove the ads too!

  • omakad

    Well I have a friend who has a small repo (in comparison to modmyi or bigboss and such large well known repos) and he’s making $10K per month plus in ads. Since your blog is blowing up, you might think about it as well. It took him three years and over 400 themes to get to those numbers, but he’s banking now. I would agree with you that I have not clicked on any ad ever, but many people click on them by mistake or while they are scrolling. It’s a very lucrative business. For that reason I don’t ever see cydia going to that model.

  • Ye I agree gnomes and monkeys do have a thing of space physics through the entire model of Jurassic park

  • Jared

    Yep. I would pay for it. If there were no ads. Pain in the arse. Pressing on them in error due to lag caused by the ads in the first place. Grrrrrr. Bring on the pro V. But as prevoiously mentioned. Only once. 

  • Shadow

    Also, if you install an adblocking hosts file, you never see them anyway… Certain things like SBSettings may complain, but SBAdBlockToggle takes care of that for you.

  • Kamesh Jain

    @shrike u r right dude..but conspiracies?? lol u call a thought as conspiracy :P..

  • Rlamba

    It looks like the truth is finally coming out….even Cydia want to sell everything. Nothing will be free and hence the delay in releasing unlock for 4.1 bb 5.14.02. You might as well buy from Itune Store and stop worring about jailbreaks and unlocks etc.

  • Joeyogc

    Cydia is slow to load because the way it loads and it needs to be the way it is the ads are a pain but you don’t have to view them as to the one that hit the ads by mistake learn to take you time I’ve been jail breaking my iPhone since the first jailbreak and I’ve never seen an ad by mistake as to how much the repo make who cares they have a right to make whatever they can and the unlock for 4.1 you will have to wait till 4.2 is released why waste a good unlock when most people dont even read the blogs about DON’T UPDATE IF YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR UNLOCK and for those that got an iPhone 4 with 4.1 on it from apple sorry but that’s just the way it has always been since the release of the 3G remember people you are getting all this for free!!!! They don’t have to do it all I’m sorry for the vent but some of you want everything for nothing spend some money on apts I do both on Cydia and at the apt store remember the jailbreaks and unlocks are for to to enjoy the freedom from apple and AT&T enjoy your iPhone and go with the flow

  • that would be nice to implement such a fonction. Seriously I’m kind of sad that i can’t use Rock anymore.

  • luis

    give me a cydia pro app store, instead of a cydia, and ill gladly pay 5 bucks, along with all the features that are given with apple app store, i mean too much glitches!

  • Jasper

    I would definitely pay for a Cydia Pro. If the price stays under the 5$, I would buy it.