Pirate Apple App Store 'Installous' Shuts Down

Pirate Apple App Store 'Installous' Shuts Down

Besides expanded customization options, jailbreaking your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch gives you access to Installous, a black market version of the Apple App Store. After years of service to the jailbreak community, the pirate app store has officially shut down.

Installous was created by development team Hackulous. The jailbreak tweak allowed users to install any iOS app for free, hurting the bottom line of both Apple and app developers. 

In a post on its website titled "Goodnight, sweet prince," the Hackulous team gave its final goodbye:

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.

Users will now get hit with the following error messages when attempting to use Installous, "Outdated version. Installous will now terminate" or "API Error. API unavailable." However, even with the loss of Installous, the jailbreaking community still has alternative methods to download pirate iOS apps.

[via CNET]

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