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| January 9, 2009
Angry App Hacker Takes A Stand
“I’m the developer for Whack ‘em All. I noticed you’re being given credit for cracking Whack ‘em All and making it generally available for free. We (just my wife and I) haven’t even made enough money off of this to pay for the iPhone we had to buy to develop it on. Just yesterday 40 times more people got your version of the app than bought it off the app store!”He asked the cracker why. Why?! Why crack the apps and offer them for free? Well, wouldn’t you know it - that crazy cracker replied!
“As many iPhone and iPod touch owners have discovered, Apple’s iTunes App Store has many flaws which render it useless to the common user. Apple has chosen to allow a multitude of ridiculous, worthless, poorly-represented applications through its ’strict’ screening process, nearly all written by mediocre programmers with a dream of getting rich quick. Many of these programmers game the reviews system, misrepresent their application in the description, and generally try to swindle the honest buyer. Apple could quite easily solve this problem by implementing a sort of trial period for each application, but they do not. The user is forced to buy blindly without ever getting to try the application first.”If the hacker sounds bitter, it’s because he is. He claims that he decided to crack iPhone games after getting burned on some purchases that didn’t live up to their promised expectations. He figured this would offer users the chance to try the app before buying the app. Unapologetically, he offered the following resolution.
“To solve this problem either talk to Apple to allow trials, or you can release your game on Cydia with ads.”Man, isn’t anonymity on the Internet awesome? [Via TorrentFreak]