Pirate Explains the Logic Behind iPhone App Piracy

The Administrator for the pirate community Hackulous had some sort of open letter on TorrentFreak a few days ago where he explains why he thinks app piracy is not as bad as you may think. In this long piece, he goes over 4 mains points to convey his idea.

1. Most of the pirates who use our services do so because they simply cannot afford to purchase the applications. One of the prominent members of the Dev Team, planetbeing, described the pirates who use our software as “predominantly in their early teens where money is scarce and time is abundant.”

Since these users have never had any intention or capability to purchase the applications whether or not cracked versions are available, developers of these apps are losing significantly less than what they believe they are to these people.

2. Another portion of our pirates are those who have the capability of purchasing iPhone apps, but not the desire. These pirates typically do not “need” any particular application for free, they just want whatever application that can provide a certain level of entertainment for them.

They are not so much making the choice between purchasing or pirating software A, but rather making the choice between pirating software A or B. So again, the profit lost attributed to this tribe of pirates has been overestimated; these pirates would not have forked over their money anyway, they would just move on.

3. Over three million devices are running our software, Installous, to download and install cracked iPhone apps. The people using these devices are Apple customers who are likely to purchase another device, purchase new Apple products, or refer their friends to Apple. As I have stated before, the people who use our services to trial iPhone applications actually help Apple more than they hurt it.

Why, you ask? If a majority of our three million users are pirates, the value in Apple’s devices is significantly higher: These millions of users, who would otherwise be incapable or unwilling to purchase apps, now have a rich source of entertainment that greatly enhances their experience with their devices.

Apple does not like piracy, but as long as piracy increases the value of jailbroken iPhones, they have no need to be passionate about stopping it. As music has shown Apple and Steve Jobs himself, DRM can always be defeated. Apple is in fact embracing piracy for what it can accomplish for their company.

4. Piracy also helps to expose an application to the masses, much like music piracy helps artists and bands get more publicity. Without cracked app sites like apptrackr, a lot of applications would be left languishing in the pits of the App Store among the rest of the 240,984 apps (at last count) available.

I think these are some valid but very candid points.

What do you think?


AppSync for iPhone

AppSync 4.1 is now available for download for iPhone iOS 4.1.

AppSync 4.1 will work with iOS 4.1, 4.0.1 and iOS 4.0. To download and install, you must first add as a new source in Cydia, then look for AppSync 4.1.

AppSync for iOS 4.2 is now available. Look it up on Cydia. It will work with iOS 4.2.1 on iPhone, iPad, and iTouch.

Disclaimer: This is for information purposes only. iDB condemns iPhone app piracy. If you want an application, please pay for it!

AppSync for iPad 3.2

AppSync has been updated for iPad. You can download AppSync 3.2 for iPad from Cydia by adding the following source:

Once this source has been added, look for AppSync for OS 3.2. That's it!

Check out this page for all MobileInstallation files for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad

AppSync MobileInstallation Patch for iPhone 3.1.3

With the release of iPhone OS 3.1.3, a new MobileInstallation patch is needed. After looking around for a new MobileInstallation patch for iPhone 3.1.3, I was actually tipped that you can simply install the latest version of AppSync, which is compatible with 3.1.3

In order to install AppSync MobileInstallation for iPhone 3.1.3, you will first have to add the source, then search for AppSync. Any of the versions available will work, even the 3.0 version.

How to jailbreak your iPhone 3G 2.1 firmware

Wow, again, it didn't take long for BigBoss to come up with a not-so-easy way to jailbreak your iPhone 3G.

Download the 2.1 firmware for iPhone 3G from the iPhone Downloads section and save it to your desktop Install iTunes 8 Update your iPhone to firmware 2.1 with iTunes and make sure it is activated Uninstall iTunes 8 Uninstall Apple Mobile Device Support (From Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel) Install itunes v7.7. - you can find it here Download QuickPwn with the correct 2.1 bundle inside it here Run QuickPwn. Select the iPhone 3G 2.1 firmware that you downloaded in Step 1 Select at least Cydia. You may also select Installer Once finished, your iPhone will reboot, which may take a few minutes. Cydia and Installer will not be visible on your springboard. Don't panik! This is ok. Download TotalCommander and t-pot addon Install TotalCommander and in the left pane navigate to and click on it. It will install t-pot automatically Download the mobileinstallation patch Use Totalcommander to install the patched mobileinstallation file to /System/Library/PrivateFrameWorks/MobileInstallation.framework. Click on the dropdown box [-\-] top left and select network neighborhood then t-pot. Remember to back up your original mobileinstallation first! Still in TotalCommander delete /private/var/mobile/Library/Caches/ Reboot your iPhone Done!

This is not the most straightforward method to jailbreak your iPhone 3G but it is the only one so far! As usual, use it at your own risks...

Thank BigBoss

Jailbreak your iPod Touch 2.1 with QuickPwn

UPDATE: This method sucks! Read my new post to learn more.

It didn't take too long. That's what? Four days? Four days until someone figured out how to jailbreak the new iPod Touch firmware 2.1. The news came from QuickPwn who published a tutorial on how to jailbreak your iPod Touch 2.1 using QuickPwn.

Disclaimer: These comments were found on the QuickPwn website, so please, use at your own risk!

I wouldn't try this on the iPhone, wait until there is an official update from the iphone dev team

Hi, I'm the one of the developers of QuickPwn and should stress this is a very unsupported mod and I think it causes confusion to present it under the QuickPwn name when it isn't sanctioned by the developers at all.

Download this stuuf at your own risk...

This is not the official Pwn-age or QuickPwn site...

This on is...

His tutorial is a little messy so I would like to make it a clearer and more user friendly to everybody.

Before starting:

You must already be on a jailbroken iPhone. If you are on a clean iPod Touch 2.1 firmware, this is NOT gonna work. SSH into your iPod Touch to the /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/MobileInstallation.framework folder. Copy the MobileInstallation file on your desktop as you will need it later during the process. OK. You ready?

Download the iPod Touch 2.1 firmware and save it on your desktop. Go to iTunes 8 and hold the SHIFT key on your keyboard while clicking "Restore". You do not want to update per say, you want to RESTORE. Make sure you hold the SHIFT key. Download QuickPwn 2.1 Jailbreak Edition from here, or here, or here, or here. Unzip the QuickPWN folder, run QuickPWN.exe; select your device; browse for your iPod Touch 2.1 firmware file that you saved on you downloaded in Step 1and click the "Next" button. Installer and Cydia should be checked by default. You don't need Installer but you have to leave Cydia checked. You should see a message on your screen that says "You are now ready to start the PWNAGE process on your device", make sure your iPod Touch is connected via USB and click "Next". Follow the on-screen instructions for putting your device in DFU mode. If everything went well, you should see a message that says "The Pwnage process appears to have completed successfully". Wait for your iPod Touch to reboot. Once your iPod Touch restarts, you will notice that the Cydia and/or Installer icons are not there. Well, it's time to use the MobileInstallation file that we copied from your iPod Touch before Step 1. In order to install Installer and Cydia you will need to put this file in your iPod Touch. To put the MobileInstallation file in your iPod Touch, download the TotalCommander. You will need the T-Pot plugin for TotalCommander in order to browse files on your iPod Touch. Launch TotalCommander, and navigate to /System/Library/PrivateFrameWorks/MobileInstallation.framework Replace the MobileInstallation file with the one you copied to your desktop before Step 1. You're done!

See, it's not really complicated but it could be simpler. Hopefully, a GUI version will come out soon.

No word so far if this process works with the iPhone firmware 2.1 or not. I doubt it but you never know...

Thanks QuickPwn :-)

MobileInstallation for iPhone

This page lists the the latest MobileInstallation patch files available for the different iPhone firmwares.

I did some research and found different sources. From what I read, you can use MobileInstallation 3.0 Beta patch on a 3.0 iPhone. I haven’t tried this myself and if you do, please let us know how it went in the comments.

AppSync for iPhone iOS 4.2, 4.2.1:

Install AppSync for OS 4.2 for iPhone from Cydia. It will work with all iDevices with iOS 4.2/4.2.1

MobileInstallation patch for iPhone OS 4:

Install AppSync for OS 4.0 for iPhone from Cydia

MobileInstallation patch for iPad OS 3.2:

Install AppSync for OS 3.2 for iPad

MobileInstallation patch for iPhone 3.1.3 Firmware:

MobileInstallation for 3.1.3:  simply install AppSync for OS 3.1 from Cydia (confirmed to work on OS 3.1.3)

MobileInstallation patch for iPhone 3.1.2 Firmware:

MobileInstallation for 3.1.2: simply install AppSync for OS 3.1 from Cydia (confirmed to work on OS 3.1.2)

MobileInstallation patch for iPhone 3.1 Firmware:

MobileInstallation for 3.1: simply install AppSync for OS 3.1 from Cydia

MobileInstallation patch for iPhone 3.0 Firmware:

MobileInstallation patch for 3.0 via AppSync MobileInstallation patch for 3.0 Beta (supposedly works on the official 3.0 firmware)

MobileInstallation patch for iPhone 2.2.1 Firmware:

MobileInstallation patch for 2.2.1 MobileInstallation for Firmware 2.2.1 MobileInstallation 2.2.1

MobileInstallation patch for iPhone 2.2 Firmware:

MobileInstallation patch for 2.2 MobileInstallation for firmware 2.2

MobileInstallation patch for iPhone 2.1 Firmware:

MobileInstallation patch for 2.1 MobileInstallation for Firmware 2.1 MobileInstallation for 2.1 MobileInstallation 2.1

Older versions (not sure anymore)…