Posted 31 December 2012 - 16:05
Pirates usually say that they cannot access the apps in their countries or it is too expensive. Seriously, I wouldn’t care about people in those countries nor would apple care! Apple has always never been much about marketshare! Look at the mac marketshare! They only care about paying customers! Even if the US was the only market, Apple would do perfectly fine. These people in these other countries are not entitled to anything. This sense of entitlement is stupid and Apple owes them nothing! If people want to pirate easily, they go to Android, where many apps are filled with ads because they find the “paid apps” options doesn't work easily because .apk files are easily copied.
These apps just like the iphone and ipads are not a necessity, they’re a luxury. If they’re important to your business, then spend money from your pockets and profits to buy these important apps. There are enough free apps for most stupid 13 year old kids at home without credit cards. People who have jobs have access to debit visa cards even. As a developer, I really don’t care for these pirates. I don’t understand how you call the developers greedy. You’re not forced to buy these apps or upgrade. When you buy an app, you get what you have. When you go to a restaurant, and buy food and eat it there and then don’t like it, you cannot claim your money back. There are enough websites that give detailed app reviews such as macstories.net. Research before buying the app.
Developers are finding easy ways to track these pirates. These pirates for example steal the tweetbot app and then contact the developer on twitter to ask why the app isn’t working properly. The developers checks the username in his app and realizes this loser is running a pirated app and then humiliates this loser on twitter. Honestly, if you’re going to steal, don’t waste your time asking for customer support. Piracy will probably never go away, but they will make it much more harder with nagware to annoy the users into eventually buying or getting the hell out so these losers can stop wasting the developer’s time. I foresee that most software will eventually become SAAS (cloud subscription based). Look at Adobe creative cloud running with a monthly subscription or the latest simcity game requiring a constant internet connection to run properly. As internet connections get better, apps will eventually become cloud subscription based.
Installous getting shut down doesn’t stop the cool tweaks from working. Cydia helps those cool tweaks to work. Installous was just for pirated apps. These days apps are damn cheap from $0.99 to $2.99. Remember the days when software used to cost $50. Even by christmas, most big name apps either get free or almost $0.99. Most EA games were $0.99 by christmas. There are many ways to acquire apps legally either buying app bundles, getting itunes gift cards and other legal ways.
Those retards on torrentfreak amuse me with their excuses for pirating. There was recent article about how the piratebay has helped spread culture by letting losers access to pirated content from the west. I would wonder what would happen if these losers had their homes robbed or their money or property stolen. Apps, movies and music are all entertainment and not a necessity. There is never a 100% need or requirement to get them illegally. People just hoard on apps and will probably never use them.