In a rather abrupt move, Hackulous and its surrounding properties, including AppTrackr and Installous, have decided to shut themselves down. Hackulo.us has been replaced with a goodbye message (shown below), referring to the lack of any involvement by their members.
Their goodbye message is the following:
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,
While the real reasoning as to their closure is unknown, one could immediately place the blame on various legal issues. Nevertheless, this is a big day for both developers as well as the jailbreak community. Installous has been around for quite some time, only available to jailbroken devices. In a nutshell, it allowed users to easily and quickly find cracked applications and install them.
Many people who aren’t jailbroken think of piracy as jailbreaking itself, which is far from reality. While most users do jailbreak just to get cracked applications, there are still hundreds of legitimate reasons to jailbreak. But, that would make for another post.
Developers, perhaps, will see an immediate increase in sales because of this. AppTrackr, the primary cracked app catalog, has disappeared, making finding cracked apps a bit more difficult than before. Unfortunately, all of this means nothing. It’s only a matter of time until a different group of hackers decide to pick-up where Hackulous left off. Beyond that, there are already many existing ways of installing cracked applications on jailbroken and even non-jailbroken devices.
While one shouldn’t exactly support piracy for just that, piracy, there are many legitimate uses for it. One of the popular reasons is to try applications before you buy them. Whether or not people follow this is really down to how much people will believe the person who’s saying that. I, for one, do like to try apps before I buy them. If it weren’t for cracked applications, I would’ve lost hundreds if not thousands of dollars on applications that I didn’t like, and immediately deleted after trying them for a while. Therefore, kudos, Hackulous.
If you’re interested in some alternatives to Installous and AppTrackr, stay tuned, as this will be covered within the next couple of days.