Hackulous shuts down: piracy app Installous is gone

By , Dec 30, 2012

iOS 5 jailbreak Installous

In what seems like a small victory against app piracy, the Hackulous team announced today on its site that it is shutting down, bringing down its most popular apps in the process: Installous and AppSync.

Although it’s still unclear what the reasons behind the shut down are, Hackulous claims on its website that it’s mostly due to stagnant forums and the difficulty to moderate them. Although I never hang out in the forums, I find it hard to believe that there was little activity in there, especially given the notoriety of Hackulous in the piracy world…

The short message left by the Hackulous team on the website reads as follow:

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

As far as I know, Installous was the easiest and fastest way to install cracked apps onto your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. At this time, it appears that the Hackulous repo is down, meaning that you can’t install Installous or AppSync anymore, those two apps being necessary to install cracked apps from third party pirate sites.

As I mentioned above, this is just a small victory against app piracy in general. I’m fairly certain that other developers will pick up where Hackulous stopped, and will likely provide updated versions of Installous and AppSync in the future.

App piracy is one of the reasons why some people jailbreak their iOS device, and the fact that there is no untethered jailbreak for iOS 6, and more specifically no jailbreak at all for the iPhone 5 might be one of the reasons why Hackulous is shutting down.

If you were an Installous user, it looks like you’re going to have to spend $0.99 on that app after all. If you are a developer, I’m sure you’ll be happy to hear the news. If you are an iOS user, consider this day a victory for iOS and a chance to have an amazing developer community keep coming up with awesome apps.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

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  • DannyDandy

    Im rich as fuck, but I love piracy, duh

  • xixp111

    its not about cheapness … i like to try the app first … if its good then i go buy it … but its not like its easy to get a refund if the app sucks ….. installous let me try shit out first … and when i found apps i liked … i bought them …. that way i didnt get ripped off ….. im so sick of people thinking that all peope who use cracked apps are out to steal … alot of us just like to try before we buy ,…. and when things are like that developers actually have to do their jobs well to make money … ive spent hundreds in the apps store … but i always tried that app first

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000872559122 Alex Summers

    with a $99 a month fee for iTunes app registration, this was one way to deploy apps easily. Frankly, apple can go to hell. Some of us enjoyed deploying underground apps and will just have to re-release installus.

    As for the pirates… meh! Some of them apps are over priced and I don’t blame them the try-buy mentality (some apps are just pure bunk to begin with :P). Maybe if apple didn’t charge $99 dollars a MONTH to have an open dev channel, devs wouldn’t be starving!

    I have 3 ipads in our house. I’m not about to purchase 3 copies of the same app just so the kids can all get their game on. I surely don’t have to do this with xbox games. I’m not about to treat the iPads any different. So one purchase, and sideloading it goes. Too much guff and I’ll switch them all to Galaxy tablet and android where there’s not so much anti-piracy consumer BS and the dev registration is only $29.99 for a YEAR.

    ahem.. F$^! you apple ;) You’re still second rate

  • Aarking

    ios 6 untethered jailbreak @ your doorstep as its evasi0n .. love you hackers.. keep up your good work

  • http://radiantloki.blogspot.com/ Mark Dinh

    If you click show comments, you will go on a journey of a life time. But kinda sucks but whatever. Support the devs. Read review, watch videos, ask people, etc before you buy it…. Not that hard in this time and age.

  • gthong

    you can still manage your applications/games etc. just dont delete your installous 5 bec. installous 5 had already app sync, without appsync you cannot installdownloaded ipa files. install them via ifunbox on your laptop/pc or macbook,, :)

  • Anthonu

    Come on I have always liked you hackulos but since you closed installous my kids don’t know how to download anything anymore please open hackulos again

  • an@nymuz

    your all a bunch of bitches man.. 1. stop complaining about getting free apps…… 2. jailbreaking is NOT for getting free shit.. its for making your device YOUR OWN!! to have your custome ui and interface to your liking. 3. who cares how you get your apps.. no one pays for music either. downloading songs off youtube and converting files to put onto itunes to put on to your phone anyways without going thru the app store… i mean seriously theres a million ways to get free apps and music onto your phones and computers lol.. installous was only one small SIMPLE way of doing it and it made our lives so much easier of not having to connect to the computer to transfer files.. if your smart.. you would know what i mean by what i say.

    BESIDES – the hacklulous team said…. for now ;)

  • Noodlelover

    I like noodles

  • disqus_QRbPlkvret

    Some game does not have lite and i have buy two games witch it is very boring and i used $10 on it.
    If i have the then i can play the trial befor!!!!!

  • disqus_QRbPlkvret

    Before i buy it