Arrr! Those scurvy piratin' dogs be warrin' on me watch? Lame. But it's fun to talk like that for once, just to mix it up. Anyway, devs behind pirating apps are now biting back at each other over greed and ethics. Didn't they watch Pirates of the Carribean? Pirates have a code guidelines!
It all starts with Installous. Jailbroken iPhone users are no stranger to this app, which allows the simple installation of apps that were previously available on the official Apple App Store. It operates on a donation basis, meaning the stuff is free, and you have the option to hand them some dough if you want to support their system.
Competition arose when Mega came along. Mega does about the same thing, but with an archive of over 4000. This service however, comes with paid subscriptions - US$ 9.99 for 1 month, US$ 23.99 for 3 months and US$ 41.99 for 6 months. The money is supposed to "pay for warez," considering they host the content themselves.
However, Mega allegedly borrowed some code previously developed for Installous. Couple that with the fact that Mega is a paid service, and here we have an Installous crew ready to ruin the moneymaker. Â“If youÂ’re forced to spend money to use a service, you should be spending it on the actual apps you get, not making some greedy pirate rich,Â” said coder Kyek.
With that, Kyek created Grabulous - a new app that basically gives iPhone users the Mega service for free, or alternatively crash the Mega servers through being overloaded by non-paying users. Â“Both options are cool with us,Â” says Kyek. Mega soon caught wind of Grabulous and attempted to block its not-so-fabulous effect on their operation, with some success, though Kyek promises to get around that.
Luckily, Mega seems to have taken the hint and announced that they will no longer require monthly subscriptions and take the ask-for-donations road instead. They also intend to cover for the hosting with advertising. Due to this system, however, users will have a limited amount of downloads in a day, depending on the server's load. Â“They should have done this since the very beginning,Â” noted Murda, founder of the iPhone hack site FSMdotCOM.
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