Pirates police each other
Two unofficial iPhone application peddlers are fighting a hand bags at dawn duel
over who flogs software to Apple's gadget users.
Punters using jailbroken
iPhones often run a bit of software called Installous which was made by the
people Hackulo.us. The software allows jailbroken iPhones to use
applications which were stored on the official Apple App Store free of
charge. The outfit asked for a donation and that was it.
However a new
player, called Mega entered the scene which offers direct downloads of 4000
App Store apps. The thing is that you have to pay $9.99 for 1 month, $23.99
for 3 months and $41.99 for six months. But the people at Hackulo.us claim
that Mega ‘borrowed’ some code previously developed for Installous and this
along with the ‘pay for warez’ issue seem to really get on their
One coder called Kyek said that if you’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. So Kyek created a new application known
as ‘Grabulous’ which allows iPhone users to instantly download any of the
4000+ apps from Mega’s servers - free of charge.
The idea is that either
give iPhone users the Mega service for free, or alternatively crash the Mega
servers through being overloaded by non-paying users. Mega tried to block
Grabulous, but Kyek promised a new version of Grabulous to get around these
Mega now says that it will no longer require monthly subscriptions
but will instead ask for donations while supporting this revenue stream with
advertising. Due to this new system, users will be limited on the number
of apps they can download each day, dependent on server load.